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    Deadshot is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics commonly as an adversary of Batman. He has traditionally been portrayed as a supervillain, but has more recently taken the role of an antihero. The character was created by Bob Kane, David Vern Reed and Lew Schwartz and first appeared in Batman #59(1950). As the world's deadliest and most accurate marksman, Deadshot has become a staple member of both the Suicide Squad and Secret Six.

    Fictional Character Biography(1)

    Adopted Origin

    As a child, Floyd Lawton lived with his mother, father, and sister. His family was in a constant struggle and was very poor. One night, when his father was informing his mother the good news that he had gotten a job, the two were gunned down by bullets coming from the next room. Along with his parents, Floyd's sister was also killed in the hail of gunfire. After this, Floyd discovered a gun in the next room and began teaching himself to use it. He would eventually become a very skilled marksman and use his skills as a gun for hire.

    True Origin

    Deadshot's public origin story actually belonged to Will Evans. Lawton met Evans when the two shared a jail cell together and Lawton adopted the story as his own. Floyd's family was quite wealthy, with an estate outside Gotham. Their public image hid that fact that his father, George was an abusive drunk. His mother, Genevieve, suffered many beatings from George and took her frustrations out on Floyd and his brother Eddie. Despite this, Eddie was a great son, good natured and athletic, often taking beatings meant for Floyd. Eventually, Genevieve had had enough and encouraged Floyd to shoot his father. Young Floyd scaled a tree and took aim at his father. His nervousness caused him to flinch. The shot missed his father but hit Eddie between the eyes, killing him. Floyd made two promises to himself that night, never to miss again and to kill his father the next time he saw him.

    Contract on Bruce Wayne

    At some point Floyd was assigned to kill Bruce Wayne by the Kobra Cult. Lawton accepted the contract, demanding 10 million dollars. The Kobra Cult then informed Floyd that he will do it for no pay, revealing that they had kidnapped his daughter, and would kill her if he did not fulfill the contract. Floyd reluctantly accepted it, although instead of killing Wayne, Floyd reached out to Batman, asking for help to save his daughter, promising there will be no casualties. Batman accepted Floyd's call for help, and together, the two cleared out the warehouse where Floyd's daughter was being held captive. With all of the henchmen down, suddenly a man held a knife to Floyd's daughters throat, threatening to kill her. Floyd impulsively shot and killed the man instantly. Knowing he broke his promise to Batman, he asked him to take his daughter to a safe place, and then himself to jail.

    Suicide Squad

    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 took charge of the operation and the team was sent on their first first mission, to purge a stadium full of civilians that had been infected by a techno-organic zombie plague, and to acquire the cure for the plague. The Squad succeeded, finding the source of the infection, a pregnant woman, and killing her. Deadshot cut out the infant, who was somehow immune, and thus held the cure of the plague. After ordering Voltaic to use his powers to make sure everyone in the stadium was dead, Deadshot put a bullet in his head in order to frame him for the events in the stadium, due to the fact that every corpse had his power signature. Before the team could be evacuated, the authorities arrived, and the Squad were ordered to lay low and blend in, while protecting the baby. While performing the mission, Deadshot had become infected however, making him desperate for the cure.

    Things were further complicated by the arrival of Mad Dog who had come to collect a bounty on the head of the child.

    Powers and Abilities(2)

    Deadshot has no superhuman powers, but is the top marksman in the DC Universe, possessing superhuman-like precision, and regularly boasting to "never miss" his target. In fact he has only been known to miss once, when trying to shoot Batman. He once shot an apple off of Captain Boomerang's head with his eyes closed. He was also able to intentionally graze the skull of a flying Enchantress when asked to take her down non-lethally.

    In addition to peak accuracy, Deadshot is a proficient hand-to-hand combatant and is able to hold his own against groups of low-level combatants, and has gone toe-to-toe with Batman and the Joker, both of whom are expert fighters.

    Deadshot has access to a vast array of weaponry, most notably his sniper rifle, and twin machine guns mounted on each arm.

    Deadshot is allegedly bilingual, and learned to speak Russian as a youth, and also claims to have been a card-carrying communist.

    Supporting Characters


    Deadshot usually works alone but has a few allies including Rick Flag, Harley Quinn, Katana, Killer Croc, Bane, Cat-Man and Captain Boomerang. He is one of the core members of the Suicide Squad.


    Deadshot has a number of enemies including Amanda Waller, Batman, Deathstroke, Green Arrow, George Lawton, The Nagas, Vibe, Wally West and Weather Wizard.









    Suicide Squad(2016)

    Suicide Squad is the third movie in the DCEU. It was directed by David Ayer starring Jared Leto as The Joker,Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn,Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and many other actors such as Cara Delvinge as Enchantress,etc. Ben Affleck featured as Batman in a cameo role. The movie has mixed reviews by critics but was enjoyed by fans and performed well at the box office. Will Smith's portrayal of Deadshot was loved by both fans and critics all over the world.

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    Notable Comics(3)

    Comics Writer(s) Artist(s)
    Suicide Squad #21-22 John Ostrander, Kim Yale Luke McDonnell
    Deadshot #1-4 John Ostrander, Kim Yale Luke McDonnell, Julianna Ferriter
    Suicide Squad #51 John Ostrander, Kim Yale Luke McDonnell, Geoff Isherwood, Carl Gafford
    COPRA #13 Michel Fiffe Michel Fiffe
    Detective Comics #474 Steve Engelhart Marshall Rogers, Terry Austin, Jerry Serpe


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