Real Name: Floyd Lawton
First Appearance: Batman #59 (June, 1950)
Powers: No True Powers. Possesses Superhuman Accuracy. Is a Master In All Weapons
Affiliation: Checkmate, Killer Elite, Secret Six and Suicide Squad
Enemies: Batman, Anybody That Needs To Be Killed
Love Interests: Susan Lawton (Ex-Wife)
Did You Know: Once thought of as merely a villain, Deadshot is now considered an Anti-Hero
A Little History
Floyd Lawton grew up in a family in which his father was abusive and his mother, Genevieve had no backbone. He also had an older brother named Edward, whom he idolized.
Fed up with her husband’s antics, Floyd’s mother grew a backbone and asked her two sons to kill him. In an attempt to prevent Floyd from warning his father, Edward locked him in the boathouse and proceeded to fulfill his mother’s wishes. This would not last and Floyd would escape.
Edward, already one shot in and his dad paralyzed, was thwarted when Floyd climbed into a tree and took aim at him with the purpose to disarm. Sadly, the tree branch broke, and Floyd fell, not before accidently letting a round out of the gun. The now launched bullet found its way to Edward not only disarming him but tragically, killing him.
Floyd would forever live with the fact that he killed his brother whom he loved, to save his father, whom he hated.
How’s that for brutal irony?
Shortly thereafter, Floyd sought out the training of a professional assassin named David Cain, who taught him how to be a professional marksman.
From this point, Floyd moved to Gotham and took up crime fighting alongside Commissioner Gordon. He would sport a very flashy top hat, tuxedo, domino mask and take up the name Deadshot. If you ask me, he picked a great name. Unfortunately, he initially had a terrible costume.
Commissioner Gordon is so impressed by his work that while Batman and Robin are on vacation, he has a Deadshot Signal made up to resemble the Bat-Signal.
Being a true detective, Batman discovers that Deadshot is actually helping the Commissioner so that he can keep him distracted while more serious crimes are being committed. With this information in hand, Batman exposes him worse than Pee-Wee Herman exposing himself.
Overtime, Deadshot would become one of the foremost opponents to the Heroes of DC. His desire to kill anybody if the price is right, coupled with his lust for his own death, make him a remarkable foe. He has gone on record as saying that he wants to die, but does not want to kill himself. This is his reasoning for joining the Suicide Squad. He hopes that being a member will give him the exit from life he is so sorely wanting.
Because he is willing to work for anybody as long as the money is there, he can be found killing both good and bad people. This has earned him a reputation as an anti-hero.
- Born to an abusive father
- Idolized his brother
- Mother asks his brother and him to kill their father
- Brother almost kills father
- Inadvertently shoots his brother dead
- Works with Commissioner Gordon
- Batman exposes him for a fraud
- Put in jail and gets out
- Villain and Anti-Hero