Deadshot is a male comic supervillain who features in DC Comics.
He went under the training of David Cain who he looked up to as the best teacher he had ever had with the man training him on how to be a killer. (Batman v1 #607)
He was once married to a redheaded woman named Susie with the two having a son together called Eddie. The marriage was not working and Floyd left the family though Susie kept on hoping that he would return. (Deadshot v1 #2)
Sent to Ryker's Island, Lawton was Prisoner #23964 and was serving out his sentence when he was visited by Colonel Rick Flag. He offered Deadshot a choice to either stay in prison or serve out his sentence by performing missions for the government as part of Task Force X. (Legends v1 #2)
After a job with some supervillains, he decided to visit his son's grave and learnt that his parents had died. From the lawyer, he learnt that he was not left anything with Floyd being content with that as he checked letters sent to them. Among them was prostitute he slept with sometime back who revealed that she had become pregnant with Floyd's child and that she had his daughter. Lawton decided to investigate and travelled to Star City where instantly he knew that the young girl named Zoe was indeed his child. The mother stated that after learning she was pregnant had left the life of a callgirl and completed her education in order to provide for a better life for her child. She had not wanted any money from the Lawton's and simply thought that they might had wanted to see their grandchild. Floyd attempted to pay to support her and Zoe but the mother refused as she did not want blood money from hitman jobs. Deadshot ultimately decided to stay in the neighbourhood for the time to make sure they were safe as the area was rife with gang violence and other criminal activity. (Deadshot v2 #1)
The New 52
Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.
Given his pardon from the service, he decided to return home and abandon his old life of crime behind in order to be with his family. Whilst there, a public announcement was made for the arrest of Task Force X members with the FBI arriving at his ex-wife's home. Floyd ultimately decided to surrender himself to the authorities rather than endanger his family though Zoe came out in her Liveshot costume and fired at one of the arresting officers in order to free her father. To save his daughter, Lawton had to take a gun and fire at the authorities as he could tell that they were prepared to shoot his child. Zoe was nearly killed by weapon fire but the Revolutionaries arrived at the scene where they saved her and took Deadshot with them as they intended to dismantle Task Force X. (Suicide Squad v6 #7)
Personality and attributes
Once, he was married to a redhead named Susie with the two having a child together with this being a son named Eddie. (Deadshot v1 #2)
He later slept with a half-Cuban and half-Italian call girl where she became pregnant with his child. Unknown to Floyd, she gave birth a daughter named Zoe where the girl's mother quit her old life and finished school in order to provide a better life for her child. (Deadshot v2 #1)
Zoe wanted to become a masked vigilante somewhat inspired by her dad where she wanted to take the name Liveshot with her saying that she did not want to kill anyone. To prepare herself, she made a costume based on her fathers and learnt archery. (Suicide Squad v6 #7)
Powers and abilities
- Deadshot was created by David Vern Reed, Lew Sayre Schwartz and Bob Kane where he made his first appearance in Batman v1 #59 (June, 1950).
In other media
- In the DC Animated Universe, Deadshot made multiple appearances in the shared continuity setting:
- In Justice League, the character made his first animated appearance in the DCAU television series starting in the episode "The Enemy Below" (Part 1) where he was voiced by actor Michael Rosenbaum.
- In Justice League Unlimited, the character returned in the animated television series episode "Task Force X" where he was once again voiced by actor Michael Rosenbaum.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Deadshot appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Tom Kenny.
- In the Arrowverse, Deadshot made multiple appearances in the shared continuity setting:
- In Arrow, Floyd Lawton made his first appearance in the live-action television series where he was portrayed by actor Michael Rowe.
- In Justice League Action, Deadshot appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Christian Slater.
- In Batman: Assault on Arkham, Deadshot appeared in the animated film linked to the Arkham games where he was voiced by actor Neal McDonough.
- In Suicide Squad, Floyd Lawton appeared in the live-action film set in the DC Extended Universe where he was portrayed by actor Will Smith. This version was an African-American who was noted for being the most wanted hitman in the world.
- In Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Deadshot appeared in the animated film where he was voiced by actor Christian Slater.
- In Injustice 2, Deadshot appeared as a playable character in the fighting video game where he was voiced by actor Matthew Mercer.
- Batman v1: (1950)
- Suicide Squad:
- Deadshot v1: (1998)
- Deadshot v2: (2005)
- Secret Six:
- Suicide Squad:
- Suicide Squad v6: