(Warning: Some of the following discussion of comic book history could, in theory, turn up in the upcoming Suicide Squad, or in the broader DC Cinematic Universe, and may thus be considered to be a SPOILER of sorts. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
Now, with Suicide Squad only six months away from hitting the big screen, it's not overly surprising that excitement levels related to the movie and its cast of miscreants are rising at a frantic pace. After all, those zany villains look set to stake a solid claim on our hearts in a year filled with superheroic excitement, much like the Guardians of the Galaxy did back in 2014.
With that in mind, though, it seemed about time to take a closer look at some of the 'Squad's leading lights. You can read all about Harley Quinn's strangest moments right here, but today we're going to take a look at a very different member of the squad. Because, y'see:
Deadshot Has A Whole Lot Of Skeletons In His Closet
And we're going to drag them out into the light, kicking and screaming, in all their weird and wonderful (skeletal) glory.
Here are seven of my personal favorites:
7. Deadshot Used To Dress Like A Sherlock Holmes Villain
That's right — back in his first appearance way back in 1950, Deadshot wasn't quite the mysterious masked mercenary we know and love today. Instead, he was a flamboyantly besuited vigilante who sought to overtake Batman as Gotham's leading crime fighter.
All while dressed like a high society cowboy.
6. He Has Some Serious Family Issues
Back when Floyd 'Soon-to-be-Deadshot' Lawton was a kid, he and his brother Edward were forced to watch as their father routinely assaulted their mother. Deciding to do something about it, Edward locked Floyd in a shed and set off to confront their father. Floyd, however, escaped, and decided to shoot their father himself, to save Edward the guilt.
However, the tree branch he perched on had other ideas, and snapped — leading to Deadshot's first real kill being the brother he idolized. That in turn led to Lawton attempting to be a hero in his brother's honor, and when that didn't work out (see, that suit up above) he took to crime.
All of which kind of explains why:
5. Deadshot Doesn't Actually Want To Survive
For much of his comic book life, Deadshot was primarily defined not by his incredible aim, but by his apathy towards life itself. In essence, he didn't care whether or not he lived or died — making him the perfect assassin... and Suicide Squad member.
His motivations may have changed a little over the years — the eventual birth of his daughter certainly altered his approach a little — but it's always worth remembering that out of everyone in any given room, Deadshot probably cares less about dying than anyone else.
4. He And Harley Quinn Have A History
Specifically, one that involves a whole lot of sex.
Anyone else expecting to see a certain Mr. Smith and Ms. Robbie interact similarly come this August?
3. He And Batman Have A Complex Relationship
Or, at least, Deadshot has a complex relationship with Batman.
While the Dark Knight clearly respects Deadshot, there's not a whole lot of love there. Lawton, on the other hand, seems to have transferred a lot of his feelings about his brother's death onto the Caped Crusader — making their often antagonistic relationship pretty difficult to navigate.
Whether that'll turn up in Suicide Squad, however, is another matter entirely.
2. He's Really Not A Good Guy...
Let's just put it this way: One time, while under the influence of the demon Neron, Deadshot was tasked with performing his 'dream' assassination.
His choice? A classroom of kindergarten students. His logic? "Life is brutality, visited upon the innocent and helpless...[and]...only death can make it meaningful."
Now, I'm all for complex anti-heroes and all, but at the point of thinking murdering kids is ever appropriate, there's really not a lot of grey.
1. ...Though There're Good Reasons For That
Accidentally killing his own brother (while trying to kill his abusive father) wasn't actually the most traumatic event Deadshot has had to live through.
At one point, he discovered that his young son had been kidnapped — only to arrive (via a whole lot of murderous mayhem) too late to save his life. The worst part? It was Deadshot's own mother who orchestrated the whole thing.
Deadshot's whole brother-killing origin story? It turns out that he and his brother were actually manipulated into killing their father by their mother, who later sought to force Deadshot to finish the job (his father was paralyzed, but still alive) by kidnapping her own grandson. Which ultimately led to the boy's death.
And so our 'hero' shot his own mother in the spine, paralyzing her. Which, in context, actually seems relatively restrained.
The big question now, though?