(WARNING: This post contains spoilers for DC's Suicide Squad — you've been warned)
Warner Bros. has seemingly been full of announcements throughout the past week, having announced three more films — Gotham City Sirens and Suicide Squad 2 are two that have been verbally confirmed. A Deadshot solo film has also been rumored to apparently be in the cards. To top that off, word has it that Will Smith is actually pulling for Deadshot to make in an appearance in Gotham City Sirens, or perhaps hold a much larger role in the film.
Recently, Smith sat down for an interview with MTV International to discuss his upcoming film Collateral Beauty. During the interview, Smith was asked if he had any interest in being a part of #GothamCitySirens. Here's what he said:
“I’d definitely love to be in it. I love Margot Robbie. I will do, like, anything she wants to do. That didn’t come out, but… it probably did. It probably came out exactly how I meant it.”
Sounds like a lot of interest to me. So, if Will Smith wants #Deadshot in the film, then how would that work? Considering the film is centered around three female villains. Here's my potential theory as to how they could pull it off.
Taking things back to Suicide Squad, one of the more positive elements of the film was the chemistry between Harley Quinn and Deadshot. While in the comics this chemistry has been at times romantic, this was not the case on screen. In Suicide Squad, Deadshot and Harley shared a bond that was much like that of a brother and sister. Deadshot was sort of acting as the older brother protecting his younger sister because he knew that she didn't know any better. One scene in particular that drew more attention to this parallel was the helicopter escape scene below:
In this scene, The Joker attempts to get Harley back and manages to jam the signal to Harley's nanite in her neck. Amanda Waller then becomes desperate enough to command Deadshot to shoot down the escaping Quinn, but he misses on purpose because he cares about her safety. I believe this bond between the two characters will be Deadshot's ticket to getting a potentially large role in Gotham City Sirens. Except, there is more to it than this.
Harley And Joker Falling Out
At the end of Suicide Squad, we saw The Joker break into Belle Reve and rescue Harley. While we don't know anything about what happens during the rest of their escape, I'm assuming it doesn't go unnoticed by the rest of the Suicide Squad or Amanda Waller. In fact, it might've turned into a full prison breakout. This would've allowed all of the Suicide Squad members to get back out into the real world, and most importantly — Deadshot would be free.
That said, skip down the line from the breakout and I believe that The Joker and Harley will have a big falling out. That, or The Joker will simply leave her in the dust. This would allow Harley to form her own life in Gotham City Sirens, and team up with Poison Ivy and Catwoman. Chances are we will see all of this material unravel in Gotham City Sirens, including the rest of the prison break.
A Watchful Protector
Free of The Joker, Harley and her team will be on the loose wreaking havoc in Gotham. Perhaps Deadshot will get wind of this and decide to keep a close eye on Harley to make sure that she doesn't get in too deep of trouble, pulling that good old brother and sister act once again. Or, what if he is assigned to watch over Harley?
Let's say that the rest of Suicide Squad didn't make it out of the prison break. Waller then decides to assign Deadshot to track down Harley in exchange for more visitation time with his daughter. Maybe Waller wants to make sure that she stays out of trouble as Harley may be of use to her once more? Or, Waller may simply want her head on a platter. Remember, if Harley is no longer with The Joker that means that there is nothing that is obstructing the signal to the nanite in her neck (assuming The Joker didn't find a way to take it out). This means that Waller can once again have full control over Harley and may want Deadshot to finish her off. We could then see a Deadshot who struggles with trying to off Harley because of the responsibility he feels he has for her (just like an older brother).
As of right now, all we can really do is speculate if Deadshot will even be in the film. It may actually be a dangerous move to give him a larger role in the film considering Warner Bros. may be giving him a film of his own. Audiences may grow tired of the character far too quickly, which is another problem that the #DCEU doesn't need. That said, I do think the addition of Deadshot is possible if they allow him to be more of a sideshow rather than the main event.
What do you think? Should Deadshot appear in Gotham City Sirens? Let me know in the comments below!