The Avengers have their Nick Fury, and the Suicide Squad has Amanda Waller. As the sole efficient government employee, Waller will do anything and everything to get her way. She doesn't have super-strength, or any other power to speak of -- Waller has to rely on her sharp mind and a ruthless attitude. And it's worked for her so far. She's one of the only people to ever beat the shit out of Batman without ever laying a finger on him.
Despite what Deadshot says, it was Waller alone who stood up to Batman and threatened to expose him. He knew in his bat-shaped heart that Waller was willing and capable of doing such a thing, and conceded accordingly. This is Amanda Waller's M.O. -- walk softly and carry an armed nuclear warhead at all times. When she makes a decision, it's because she's played all the angles and plotted out the path that puts her on top; Amanda Waller is a sketchy government Batman. It sounds hard to screw up a great character like The Wall, but there's one thing the Suicide Squad movie could do that would spoil her potential.
On the left, we have classic Amanda Waller. She doesn't look like everyone else in comics, but that's part of her character's strength -- her appearance gives you (and her enemies) a set of expectations, which are obliterated when she crushes you in a vice of your own ignorance. On the right, we have DC's New 52 reboot Amanda Waller. Young, slim and sexy, she no longer holds the keys of power, but the guns of a grunt. Now she's like every other comic book spy agent lady: Beautiful, deadly and boring.
Waller has shown up in live-action TV shows as the classic version (Pam Grier in Smallville) and Waller-Lite (Cynthia Addai-Robinson in Arrow). DC has this one chance to solidify the character in the minds of millions of people -- there's no going back after this. If they cast a 20-something supermodel, they'll have squandered their chance to give their team of weirdos a unique leader.
Speaking of weirdo teams...
I haven't tried to hide my love for the Secret Six. The Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore comic is pretty much a direct descendant of Ostrander's Suicide Squad, but it's even more off the rails. If the Suicide Squad movie doesn't do well, or if it does gangbusters and the franchise teat is squeezed so hard it won't even produce powdered milk, Warner Bros. and DC could easily do a soft reboot into Secret Six. Just bring Deadshot over to feature in a new lineup of second-string miscreants and you're all set. I dare you to tell me you don't want to see Bane team up with Catman in a big-budget movie. Well, maybe I dare you to text me. Better yet, just leave a voicemail detailing your indignance and I might get to it next year.
Like Ostrander's Suicide Squad, Simone's Secret Six already has ready-made stories that would make a perfect fit for the big screen. In particular, the Dirty Half-Dozen spent several issues pursuing and fighting over a MacGuffin known as the "Get Out of Hell Free Card." Imagine the potential for chaos when it comes to a centerpiece like that. And the Six operate on their own as mercenaries for hire, so you'd get a tighter-knit group that still has ties to bigs like Lex Luthor and Amanda Waller.
It sounds nutty, but if DC is willing to take a risk on a team like the Suicide Squad, Secret Six couldn't be that far behind, could it? Let me have this.