Floyd Lawton (Deadshot)

It seems that The CW is going to introduce new major characters in every Arrow episode! That makes it difficult for me to stay up to date with every episode, but I’ll try to do the best I can. In the latest Lonely Gunmen we’ve witnessed the debut of DC Universe’s deadliest marksman, Deadshot, portrayed by Michael Rowe. He already appeared in Smallville Season 10 portrayed by Bradley Stryker in a much more Western-ish appearance: he was a member of the Suicide Squad, and was good enough to place a bullet on Superman himself. Let’s see who Deadshot is in the comics…

First of all, Deadshot’s real name is Floyd Lawton. He was born the youngest of two brothers, and he had quite and adoration for Edward, his big brother. The two of them lived with their mother, Genevieve, and their father, the wealthy and powerful George Lawton. Now, Edward was good in everything he did (sports, studies, girls), while Floyd wasn’t. He lived in his brother’s shadow, but still loved and idolized him. To compensate the good attentions given to Edward, Floyd bacamen quite a little delinquent, putting up every kind of possible trouble. At a certain point, Genevieve, who had quite an evil side, decided to use her sons to get rid of her hated husband, and put up some lies about him, telling David and Floyd that George was a violent and evil man, who would have killed her if someone didn’t do something before. Edward, the always good son fond of his mommy, decided to help her and agreed to kill his father, on Genevieve’s suggestion; Floyd, on the other hand, didn’t fall for it, and refused to harm his own father. For this brave decision, he was closed in the houses’ shed. From the window, Floyd saw Edward shooting George (the shot would have paralyzed him), broke free, grabbed a gun and climbed a tree: from a branch, he tried to save his father by shooting his brother’s rifle, meaning to disarm him, but, at the last moment, the branch broke, Floyd fell, and he ended up shooting his brother in the face, killing him instantly. Not a lucky guy, indeed. His brother’s death by his own hands took away every meaning Floyd gave to life at all, and forged him into an assassin.

Lawton began to travel the world, building up his markmanship and becoming infallible with a rifle, a gun or any kind of fire-arm. The main intent behind this obsession with aim was Floyd’s promise to himself, that the one which killed Edward would have been his last missed shot. When he arrived in Gotham City, Floyd witnessed the amazing deeds of the Batman, and decided to take his place as Gotham’s protector, following someway his brother’s footsteps as the hero. For the occasion, he created a costume and the identity of Deadshot, the new lethal vigilante. His plan went horribly wrong: his capabilities in fighting crime weren’t enough to make Gotham’s citizens see him as the new hero, and Deadshot became quite frustrated because of it; he decided to change his plans and to become the master of the city’s underground criminality, giving up to his original nature. Batman and Commissioner Gordon managed to publicly unveil his schemes, and Deadshot was arrested. Years later, Lawton stole a device from the Penguin, who had been put in a cell near to his one, that allowed him to escape from prison. Seeking vengeance against Batman, Lawton reinvented his Deadshot’s identity as a killer, and began to kill innocent people to gain Batman’s attention. After some fights with the Caped Crusader, Deadshot eventually used his unique skills to become an assassin-for-hire, making a name of himself as the best marksman ever lived, a killer who never misses a shot. After continuously being captured by Batman, Deadshot finally received an offer he couldn’t refuse, and became a member of the Suicide Squad, a secret team used by the Government for dirty works, led by Amanda Waller and formed by convicted criminals.

Having brought his physical condition to a more than excellent level, naturally agile and athletic and, above everything else, having mastered and incredible aim and knowledge of fire-arms, Deadshot surely comes up to his boasts to be the greatest marksman ever. An assassin with deep emotional wounds, who always seeks someone who can fill the hole left by his brother’s death, Deadshot is nevertheless one of the most dangerous men alive, with no superpowers, but armored and equipped enough to be more than a challenge for every super-being.

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19 Comments

  1. […] also Doom Patrol was. Seeing his old enemies, Reactron lost control, and the Squad’s leader, Deadshot, resolved to shoot him down, piercing his containment suit and making him blow up again. Just like […]

  2. […] to a pardon. The first villains recruited in the team were Ben “Bronze Tiger” Turner, Floyd “Deadshot” Lawton, Mark “Blockbuster” Desmond, George “Captain Boomerang” […]

  3. […] an official pic featuring all the main characters! Many of them, such as Captain Boomerang or Deadshot, are already featured on this blog, while others are new entries we’ll speak about in the […]

  4. […] his efforts were in vain: when the man was about to shoot, however, another gunslinger appeared: Deadshot, the team’s sniper. Flag told Dadshot that he would have needed to kill him if he wanted to […]

  5. […] see them again. In Suicidal Tendencies, for a change, the flashbacks of the episode are about Deadshot‘s past, and we see him before he became an assassin for hire, as a soldier coming back home […]

  6. […] had surrendered already, Waller ordered the Suicide Squad to capture both Gypsy and Cisco, and Deadshot knocked Vibe out. Distrusting A.R.G.U.S., Dante was keeping an eye on the situation, and now knew […]

  7. […] for the third time. Walker was still in prison when he learnt that James Jesse had been killed by Deadshot: using the occasion, he escaped once again, and joined again the Rogues. With no original to claim […]

  8. […] and pardon in exchange of their services. After an almost suicidal mission, Captain Boomerang and Deadshot managed to kill the monstrous Brimstone and to complete the mission, and thanks to Rick […]

  9. […] this blog), there’s yet another appearance, albeit in photo only: Zoe Lawton, the daughter Deadshot is risking everything for. She appears in many pictures nailed to the marksman’s […]

  10. […] the field. Only a personality such as Waller’s one could bend the wills of criminals such as Deadshot, Count Vertigo, Dr. Light, Poison Ivy, Bane and many others, and in this sense Amanda is the […]

  11. […] this association is in the show is yet to be seen). She also seems to be on the hunt for Deadshot for quite a long time, with no success at all (she didn’t even know his real name). Well, in […]

  12. […] to Rights makes no exception. Apart from bringing back on the scene China White and Deadshot, the episode sees a brief cameo of the short lived Guillermo Ballera, portrayed by George […]

  13. […] the most important ones), and befriended some colleagues, like the world’s best assassin Deadshot and the lordly Monocle. Despite fighting many heroes in his adventures, he always kept a special […]

  14. […] the masked hero Batman. She even called out Bruce’s name during a battle between Batman and Deadshot, and the vigilante briefly turned around…thus giving Silver the final proof she needed. She […]

  15. […] enjoying it pretty much. He even killed the traitor Sidearm, who tried to abandon his teammates Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and Knockout to their destiny. The mission was a success, but Knockout used […]

  16. […] other blackmailed supervillains (Peter “Rag Doll” Merkel, a Parademon from Apokolips, Floyd “Deadshot” Lawton, Jade “Cheshire” Nguyen and Isaac “Fiddler” Bowin) Scandal Savage joined […]

  17. […] she travelled back to the Land of Nightshades along with her friends from the Suicide Squad: Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Duchess, Enchantress and Vixen, plus Captain Boomerang who didn’t want to […]

  18. […] recurring foes of Firestorm, so Slipknot, Killer Frost and Multiplex joined the core members Deadshot and Captain Boomerang in assaulting the hero. Things became complicated when the Justice League […]

  19. […] them the Suicide Squad. Still invisible to human eyes, the two companions were however spotted by Deadshot‘s visor, and the killer managed to shoot Gypsy, injuring her shoulder. While Vibe battled […]


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