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Deadshot
Occupation Former assassin,
Member of the Suicide Squad
Powers and
Abilities
Expert marksman
Played By Bradley Stryker
Status Alive
"Somewhere out there, we all got a bullet with our name on it." - Deadshot, Shield

Deadshot is an assassin for hire and member of the Suicide Squad.

Physical Appearance

Deadshot is a thin, tall, mysterious man with a scruffy appearance. He has dark brown, medium length hair and blue eyes. He also has a scar over his right eye.

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Deadshot's eye scope.

In both of his appearances in Shield and Collateral, he was only seen wearing an outfit similar to a western cowboy, which consisted of a black cowboy hat, a long, dark brown, almost black trench coat, with a dark shirt underneath and a pair of jeans. He is almost always carrying a gun with him which he keeps saddled in a brown leather holster. He also sometimes wears a red-lensed, metal, almost steampunk-like, ocular scope over his scarred eye.

Powers and Abilities

  • Expert Marksman: As a proficient marksman, Deadshot can handle weapons, particularly guns, as well as can use them very accurately because of the electronic-eye patch he wears.
  • Peak Agility: As a slender and thin young man, Deadshot is extremely dexterous and can maneuver very accurately.

Season Ten

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Deadshot fires at Cat's car.

In the middle of the street, Deadshot spotted Clark Kent and Cat Grant, and shot a straight forward bullet (passing and missing every structure and person it could come in contact with) into Cat’s car exhaust, which exploded upon ignition. However, Clark was able to save Cat. Receiving orders, Deadshot made preparations for Clark, to test him even more.

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Deadshot behind bars.

Once he found Cat, as he was aiming to strike the final blow, Clark got there in time to stop him and save her. Clark also knocked Deadshot unconscious. But unknown to him, Deadshot had implanted a tracking mark in his skin using the bullet that "scraped" him. While in prison, he was approached by Rick Flag and Plastique who released him to return to their team, the Suicide Squad.

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Deadshot and Rick Flag

Deadshot joined Flag and Chloe Sullivan in saving the Justice League from the VRA. While Flag, Chloe and Oliver worked on getting the League out of the virtual reality, Deadshot took watch outside. When Chloe was caught by the VRA and almost killed, Deadshot saved her be shooting the two VRA members tasked with the job of executing her.

In the Comics

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Deadshot as he appears in the comics

Deadshot (Floyd Lawton) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Universe and an enemy of Batman. He first appears in Batman #59 (June/July 1950) and was created by Bob Kane, David Vern Reed and Lew Schwartz.

Within the DC Multiverse, Deadshot is often a hired assassin, regularly boasting that he "never miss[es]". He is capable of using a large variety of weapons, but is most frequently portrayed as using a pair of silenced, wrist-mounted guns.

In his childhood, his mother and father had a deep hatred for each other. His mother went so far as to hire Floyd and his brother to kill their father. While Floyd had no great love for his father either, he did not want his blood soiling his brother's hands and refused. His brother then accepted to kill their father and locked Floyd up so he couldn't stop him. Escaping, Floyd took a rifle, went up a tree and aimed towards where his brother was about to kill their father. But the branch broke and his aim was off, killing his idolized brother rather than his hated father. He has lived what he sees as a meaningless lifestyle from then on, accepting hits in hopes that he will one day be killed himself.

While he's not suicidal, he continually dances over that line, never caring whether he lives or dies. This lifestyle has made Deadshot nearly homicidal as well. He first appeared in Gotham City as a new crime fighter, but it was revealed that this was only an elaborate hoax to replace Batman. When this scheme failed, he attempted to head the Gotham underworld, but was exposed and arrested by Batman and Commissioner Gordon. After he got out of jail, Deadshot became a hired assassin and has been a great help in the past two Suicide Squads. When he was on hiatus from the squad, his son was raped and killed by a pedophile. Floyd took revenge on the man. Later, his suit was stolen by an airport employee, who began to steal and kill with it. Deadshot killed him, but killing his own image affected him. He didn't even fix the bullet hole in the costume for a long time. During the Suicide Squad’s last mission, Deadshot was asked by Count Vertigo if he would kill him. Deadshot agreed and both of them went to a secret location to await Vertigo’s decision. He declined and Deadshot did not question the decision.

Later, when he was under Neron’s influence, he tried to kill an entire kindergarten class with an explosion, but was stopped by the Justice League. Deadshot was offered North America if he joined the Secret Six and was threatened that if he didn't join the team, he would have his daughter’s neighborhood blown up by Mockingbird (Lex Luthor). A stalemate was reached at the end of the series and Deadshot’s status remained unchanged. He was found in bed with Knockout, but she revealed that she was only using him. During this run, Deadshot was confronted by his teammate Catman, accused of slaughtering the pride of lions he had been living with, planting evidence against the Secret Society of Super Villains in order to force his joining to the Secret Six. Catman eventually forgave Lawton and they remained something between friends and enemies. This fits with Deadshot's unconscious desire to give other men the place of the brother he killed, be it Catman, Batman or Rick Flagg. All of them, at different points, acted as Deadshot's surrogate brothers of a sort, particularly Catman and Flagg.

Following changes to the Timestream in the New 52, Deadshot was, at some point, captured by Amanda Waller and forced to join the Suicide Squad. After being hired to assassinate a senator in Gotham City, the Batman attacked him, messing up his aim and ruining the hit. That crime and others landed him on death row at Belle Reve prison. While there, his cell filled up with gas and he was implanted with a micro-bomb to insure his obedience. After undergoing torture to test his loyalty, Deadshot was officially inducted into the Suicide Squad.

Deadshot has no real desire to kill Batman, even if paid, and the fact that Lawton pulls his shots around him is something the Caped Crusader has commented on. The most recent incarnation of Deadshot (post New 52) is far less inclined than the original to pointless, flashy 'trick shots'.

Other faces of Deadshot

Notes

  • In the Justice League animated series, the character of Deadshot was voiced by Michael Rosenbaum.
  • Deadshot is the second villain from Batman's Rogue Gallery to appear on Smallville (with the exception of Amanda Waller, though she is technically a villain to all DC superheroes).
  • Deadshot is set to appear as a side quest villain in Batman: Arkham City.
  • The cowboy appearance of Deadshot resembles more of Jonah Hex than of Deadshot's traditional red body armor comic costume. However his costume also looks similar to the way he was portrayed in the Batman: Gotham Knight animated film.
  • Deadshot's trademark signature of placing the name of the target on the bullet is his calling card and it's used in Shield.
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Deadshot on the cover of Secret Six.

  • Deadshot's outfit also shares a remarkable resemblance to the cover art for issue 24 of the Secret Six comic book series.

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