- Mainstream Universe, 1930s-2011
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Mainstream Universe, 1930s-2011
( daughter ),
Edward Robert Lawton ( brother, deaceased ),
( ex-wife, deceased ),
( beget, deceased ),
( beget, deceased ) Edward Lawton (son, deceased), Zoe Lawton (daughter),Edward Robert Lawton (brother, deaceased), Susan Lawton (ex-wife, deceased), Genevieve Pitt (mother, deceased), George Lawton (father, deceased)
Killer Elite, Secret Six, Suicide Squad
Base Of Operations
Assassin, Mercenary, formerly Vigilante
Reading: Floyd Lawton (New Earth)
Earth-Two · New Earth
David Vern Reed · Lew Sayre Schwartz
- That’s yer problem, lady. You believe people can be cured, be made healthy, be made normal — that they can be saved. That they should be saved. But maybe the only way to cure some people is with a bullet between the eyes.
- — Deadshot src
Floyd Lawton is Deadshot, known as the earth ‘s deadly marksman. His weapons of choice are two guns mounted on each wrist. He began his career as a vigilante in Gotham City, but he belated became a highly-priced assassin and mercantile. He has been a core member of the Secret Six and the Suicide Squad.
Floyd Lawton grew up as a member of the baseless rich. [ 1 ] His father George Lawton made money in real estate of the realm, and his mother Genevieve Pitt belonged to a syndicate of affluent bankers. [ 2 ] His brother Edward Lawton was a golden child, described as the opposite of Floyd. [ 3 ] Both parents doted on Edward while treating Floyd ailing, but Floyd still grew up idolizing his old brother. [ 4 ] George was unfaithful and barbarous to Genevieve, so she asked her sons to kill their founder. Eddie locked Floyd in the boathouse when Floyd tried to warn his father. Floyd broke out and grabbed his hound rifle. Eddie had already shot their forefather in the second-floor library, paralyzing George for life, and was preparing to kill him. Floyd climbed a tree and aimed to disarm his brother, but a branch snapped and he shot Eddie between the eyes. He killed the buddy he loved to save the father he hated. This incidental was covered up to avoid dishonoring the kin name. George denied Genevieve a divorce and forced her to live alone on a modest stipend. [ 5 ] Some time after that, Lawton sought the train of the professional assassin David Cain, who instructed Lawton and taught him his marksmanship abilities. [ 6 ]
The homo Who Replaced Batman
Floyd Lawton moved to Gotham City where he started living as a millionaire playboy. Wearing a domino masquerade, lead hat, and dinner jacket, he became the gun-toting vigilante Deadshot. Deadshot worked closely with Commissioner Gordon during Batman ‘s absence. He became popular adequate that they built a “ Deadshot Signal ” to replace the Bat-Signal. Batman investigated Deadshot and found that he was in cahoots with criminals to distract patrol from more good crimes. During the final confrontation, Deadshot was unable to kill Batman as the Dark Knight had tampered his weapons. [ 1 ] Like this, Lawton was arrested and sent to prison. [ 7 ]
Main article: Batman: Strange Apparitions Years by and by, Deadshot broke out of prison after becoming a temper convict, who no retentive cared about hurting innocent bystanders. He blamed Batman for ruining his life and tried to kill him using a newly crimson suit with wrist-mounted guns. Their battle took them to a convention hall where Batman defeated Deadshot on top of a elephantine Typewriter. [ 8 ] A abruptly time later, Rupert Thorne broke Deadshot out of prison and hired him to assassinate Bruce Wayne, who he believed was Batman. [ 9 ] The Human Target was hired to pose as Bruce Wayne while Batman fought Deadshot. When Deadshot saw them in concert, he tried to kill both of them, but the Human Target took him down. This proved to Thorne and a fishy Vicki Vale that Bruce was not Batman. [ 10 ] later, Batman visited Deadshot in prison for information on Thorne and broke him out when he learned the crooked warden wanted them both dead. [ 11 ] Deadshot was held prisoner in the Batcave, blindfolded so he did not know its location. [ 12 ] a lot later, Deadshot was hired to kill Julia Remarque as separate of a plot with syrian terrorists. Deadshot and the solid terrorist organization was defeated by Batman with aid from Julia and Alfred Pennyworth. [ 13 ] [ 14 ] Deadshot was seen as a member of the super-villain army during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, where he was defeated by the Creeper. [ 15 ] Batman late received a note that said “ Know your foes, ” so he used the Batcomputer to educate Jason Todd on many villains including Deadshot. [ 16 ] Ra ‘s aluminum Ghul released every super-villain in Gotham ‘s prison and Arkham Asylum on Batman ‘s inaugural anniversary. Deadshot helped the Joker take over GCPD Headquarters, but Batman stopped them and Talia al Ghul took down Deadshot. [ 17 ]
Main article: Legends Deadshot was arrested by The Flash while pulling a looting in Manhattan. [ 18 ] Amanda Waller sent Bronze Tiger and Rick Flag to visit him in Riker ‘s Island, offering him a pardon if he would come to work with Task Force X. [ 19 ] Deadshot was placed as a member of the new Suicide Squad, and he killed their aim Brimstone at Mount Rushmore with an experimental laser plunder. [ 20 ] He did not leave when the others were released after this deputation. [ 21 ] Waller asked Deadshot to assassinate Captain Boomerang when Boomerang threatened to reveal the Suicide Squad to the public. Rick Flag knocked Deadshot ‘s rifle out of the way, and had Enchantress solve the problem non-lethally. [ 22 ]
Main article: Suicide Squad: Trial by Fire Deadshot decided to stay with the Suicide Squad for personal reasons, living out of Belle Reve prison in Louisiana. His psychologist Marnie Herrs suggested that he joined the team because of a personal end wish. [ 23 ] Their next mission was attacking the Jihad in Qurac. Deadshot was supposed to neutralize Manticore, and he killed manticore by shooting him in the grimace point-blank. [ 24 ] When Belle Reve was attacked by the Female Furies, Deadshot refused to help and said that security was not share of his deal. [ 25 ] He impersonated the racist vigilante William Hell to discredit him at a white power rally. [ 26 ] They were subsequently sent to arrest Firestorm. [ 27 ] Deadshot was not allowed to kill, but he about murdered Blue Beetle out of anger before Rick Flag knocked him unconscious. [ 28 ] His ability to speak Russian was useful when they were sent to kidnap Zoya Trigorin in Moscow. [ 29 ] Enchantress went on a rampage, and he was forced to take her down with a non-lethal photograph. This led to a gunfight with the russian army. [ 30 ] In their struggle against the People ‘s Heroes, Deadshot fought Molotov using random projectiles because he did not have a gunman. Enchantress tried to kill the defenseless Deadshot in revenge, but Boomerang knocked her out. [ 31 ] In one of their therapy sessions, Deadshot accused Marnie Herrs of not caring about her patients and she slapped him in the face. He kissed her, then left and told her it did not happen. [ 32 ] Warden Economos sent the Squad to kill Manhunters during Millennium. [ 33 ] They battled androids in the swamp until Boomerang and Deadshot were both out of ammunition, but they managed to survive the meet. [ 34 ] The Squad did not receive credit for this victory. [ 35 ] Deadshot had to fight his oldest enemy when Batman infiltrated Belle Reve. Batman was able to knock Deadshot out, but late said that he knows Deadshot was pulling his shots for Waller. [ 36 ] haystack Flag disobeyed Waller and took the Suicide Squad to rescue Nemesis in Moscow. Waller angrily had the Justice League International sent to stop them. [ 37 ] Batman told Deadshot not to waste his prison term by pulling shots again, and Deadshot angrily relented. Mister Miracle tried to fight Deadshot, but Deadshot won and held him at point. The teams stopped fighting, and Bronze Tiger had to hit Deadshot to stop him from executing Mister Miracle. His gun went off, but cipher was surely if this was designed. [ 38 ] In his adjacent therapy session with Marnie Herrs, Deadshot revealed that he had an ex-wife and son. He decided to stop seeing Marnie for therapy because of the sexual tension between them. Nightshade took everyone to a mission in the Land of the Nightshades, and they were captured by Incubus. [ 39 ] Incubus was bonded to Nightshade ‘s brother Larry Eden, so Deadshot ended the fight by shooting Larry in the read/write head. [ 40 ] They were next trapped in the Zero Zone, and Deadshot fought Zone creatures until Shade, the Changing Man helped them get home. [ 41 ] The Jihad returned and Deadshot was sent to neutralize their speedster Jaculi, so he shot her in the kneecap. Jaculi told him to kill her or she would come back for him, and Deadshot replied “ I believe you ” then killed her. [ 42 ]
Main article: Deadshot: Beginnings Deadshot began taking more suicide missions, and he eliminated the survive member of the gang he used to run with. He was sent clandestine to kill a crimelord named El Jefe, and he slaughtered a plane full of gangsters then fell out as it crashed. Black Orchid rescued him. His ex-wife Susan Lawton asked him for avail, and Deadshot decided to take a leave of absence from the Suicide Squad. Marnie Herrs took a leave of absence to follow him for answers about his by. [ 2 ] Susan told Deadshot that their son Edward was kidnapped. Deadshot tracked down his old associates, who were holding his son until he completed an old contract. He refused to negotiate, and tortured the men to get the localization of his son. [ 3 ] Deadshot went on a rampage killing everyone involved with the kidnapping of his son, including the expert sniper Pantha. Edward was trusted to a pedophile named Wes Anselm, who raped him and incidentally killed him. Deadshot arrived besides late and carry through Anselm. [ 4 ] This led him to the real genius, his mother Genevieve Pitt. Deadshot ‘s mother wanted him to kill his father George Lawton, completing the “ shrink ” that led to the death of Deadshot ‘s brother. Marnie Herrs convinced Deadshot not to kill his mother, and rather, he crippled her the lapp way his founder was crippled. In the aftermath, Marnie encouraged Floyd to come back to therapy, but Floyd insisted there is no cure for what he was. [ 5 ]
The Suicide Squad was blackmailed by Derek Tolliver and Senator Cray, so crick Flag decided to assassinate both of them. Flag was unaware that Amanda Waller had already dealt with this situation privately. [ 43 ] Waller realized what he was planning, and sent the entire Suicide Squad to stop Rick Flag from killing Senator Cray “ by whatever means necessary. ” Simon LaGrieve insisted that Deadshot was not mentally fit to go on this mission after the end of his son, but Waller ignored him. Deadshot found Rick Flag at the Lincoln Memorial, where Flag was holding Cray at point. He stopped Rick Flag by killing the senator himself, following his orders to the letter. then he whispered to himself “ Ed. I killed the old man this time. Did just like massachusetts told me. ” The police arrived and Flag tried to take Deadshot away. Deadshot, with tears streaming down his confront, said that he would take care of the patrol and threatened to shoot Flag if he did not run. There was a gunfight on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and Deadshot was hit with many bullets, but he managed to survive. In the hospital late, Waller was angry that Deadshot killed Cray, and Deadshot replied that her orders should have been more clear. [ 44 ] Waller former had stress hallucinations about sending Deadshot on a mission in his precarious discipline. [ 45 ]
The Phoenix Gambit
Lawton ‘s consistent was stolen by an airport employee, who used it to commit many crimes and murders. Lawton was forced to kill the man with a bullet train to the headway. The fritter of his own “ double ” affected him greatly. For a while, he did not even fix the hole in his own consistent. While the suit had been lost, Lawton had threatened to kill his teammate Captain Boomerang, who he felt had been responsible due to drinking and missing their plane. Some time before his last mission for the Suicide Squad, Count Vertigo asked him if he would kill him if asked ( Vertigo, as a practicing Catholic, saw suicide as a cardinal sin ). Deadshot agreed to consider it and reminded Vertigo with some regularity. After their final mission on Diabloverde, the two went off to a privy area for the decision. Vertigo declined, a decision Deadshot accepted with no argument .
Main articles: The Kobra Kronicles and Superboy: Watery Grave Kobra paid Deadshot one million dollars to assassinate Deathstroke and Peacemaker. [ 46 ] Deadshot attacked them in Switzerland, but they defeated him and explained that he was Kobra ‘s next target. Peacemaker hired Deadshot for the price of one million and one dollars. [ 47 ] He worked with them and took revenge by shooting Kobra, but Kobra survived and Deadshot was captured by Gennifer Deveraux. [ 48 ] Kobra tried to brainwash Deadshot, and used him as bait to capture Deathstroke and Peacemaker. [ 49 ] Deadshot broke free and distracted Kobra while the others escaped. He killed Gennifer and they were able to destroy Kobra ‘s al-qaeda with aid from Doctor Light and Katana. [ 50 ] Deathstroke was late framed for treachery, and Sarge Steel sent Bronze Tiger and Deadshot to bring him in. Deadshot was able to capture Deathstroke by shooting several rounds into his chest while he was distracted by Bronze Tiger. [ 51 ] He was former hired again to help Deathstroke find nuclear weapons stockpiled by Crimelord. [ 52 ] Deadshot visited Vatican City to assassinate the Pope, but Wonder Woman stopped him and took him into detention. [ 53 ] Amanda Waller put a raw Suicide Squad together, to destroy the Silicon Dragons in Hawaii. Deadshot was forced to fight Knockout when he recruited her. They traveled to the submerged base of the trust with Superboy. [ 54 ] He battled Stinger, who was supposed to be his peer, but Knockout pulled him away before they could test who was well. [ 55 ] Captain Boomerang was revealed to be working for Lady Dragon, thus Deadshot tried to kill him. Deadshot injection Captain Boomerang in both his hands while he was holding onto a ledge. Superboy rescued Boomerang, but Deadshot silent crippled his ability to throw. They blew up the facility and escaped. [ 56 ]
Main article: Underworld Unleashed The monster Neron released every villain in Belle Reve, and took many including Deadshot to Hell. Deadshot was one of the villains to accept Neron ‘s offer, making a literal deal with the devil. [ 57 ] He began working with the assassins Bolt, Chiller, Deadline, and Merlyn as a group called the Killer Elite. They were promised the exponent to kill their enemies if they spread havoc for Neron. Each member was told to commit their dream assassination, and Deadshot chose to blow up a classroom of kindergarten students. He viewed this as a poetic argument to demonstrate the nonsense of life. [ 58 ] Obsidian blocked the bullets with his body, and pulled Deadshot into his shadow kingdom. obsidian tried to tell Deadshot that they were not so different, and their inner trouble came from the same place. Deadshot continued lashing out violently, so obsidian knocked him out. [ 59 ] The Killer Elite were late seen trying to eliminate the Body Doubles, who they viewed as contest. Deadshot betrayed his team and pretended to get knocked out because he was secretly involved with Carmen Leno. [ 60 ] The CIA recruited a raw Suicide Squad to hunt down Hawk and Dove, under the authority of Loren Freitag. [ 61 ] Deadshot had a stand-off with Hawk ‘s church father Colonel Martens, and Dove took Deadshot down from behind. [ 62 ] He got into a sniper duel with Vigilante, and defeated her, but surrendered himself preferably than murder a government agentive role. [ 63 ] Brainwave invited Deadshot to become a member of the modern Secret Society of Super-Villains. This was revealed to be a sting operation by the JLA, and every member was arrested. [ 64 ] Deadshot was seen imprisoned in Belle Reve when the JLA deal with a super-villain rioting. [ 65 ] Two-Face hired Deadshot to kill Batman, and Deadshot shot Batman in the back so he fell off a build. Batman hunted Deadshot depressed, and Deadshot suggested they duel like the previous west. Batman was quicker on the guide and he broke Deadshot ‘s jaw with a batarang. [ 66 ]
Deadshot returned to Gotham when he was hired to kill the throng boss Lew Moxon. Moxon hired Zeiss as his bodyguard. Batman hunted Deadshot down, but Deadshot shot the batline and escaped. [ 67 ] Moxon was under heavy guard, therefore Deadshot manipulates Batman to get Moxon into the open. He slapped Moxon ‘s daughter Mallory to the establish, and shot Moxon in the spur. Moxon was paralyzed from the shank down. Batman arrived and Deadshot was forced to escape before he could finish the kill. [ 68 ] He was future seen in the audience at a superhero fight organized by Roulette. [ 69 ] The Joker was told he is dying, so he infected an united states army of super-villains with Joker Venom including Deadshot. The Killer Elite were sent to attack Iron Heights. [ 70 ] Deadline, Deadshot, and Merlyn killed a large issue of guards until they were driven back by Gregory Wolfe. Deadshot used the venom to infect his old teammate Captain Boomerang. The Flash took Deadshot down with a punch to the confront. [ 71 ] This was the Killer Elite ‘s last mission .
General Rock ‘s Suicide Squad
Deadshot was recruited by General Rock to become a member of his fresh Suicide Squad, which was developed in the aftermath of Our Worlds at War. There were several other new members that he worked close with such as Blackstarr, Havana, Killer Frost, Major Disaster, Modem, and Reactron. They operated under the authority of President Luthor. This team was ultimately abortive and they were disbanded .
Main articles: Batman: War Games and Identity Crisis The Penguin hired Deadshot as a bodyguard when every gang drawing card in Gotham was invited to a peak. This turned into a gunfight, and Deadshot killed several men including Junior Galante while Penguin escaped. [ 72 ] They met Orpheus, and Deadshot caught up with his erstwhile friend Onyx. [ 73 ] Hush and Prometheus subdued Deadshot when they assaulted the Penguin. [ 74 ] Tarantula disarmed Deadshot and defeated him in physical battle when she invaded the Iceberg Lounge. [ 75 ] Deadshot was separate of a residential district of assassins who congregated on the Injustice Gang satellite. [ 76 ] He was the one who told this group that Doctor Light was mind-wiped, while they are hanging out and playing Risk. [ 77 ] Deadshot, Merlyn, and Monocle are attacked by the Justice League. Green Lantern trapped Deadshot in an department of energy manufacture, and Deadshot shot a bounce bullet train that sliced his own neck. This was a ruse to make him drop the construct, and Deadshot blinded the invulnerable bomber by shooting him in the face. Despite this cagey magic trick, he was captured by Superman. [ 78 ] These villains were prosecuted by Kate Spencer in court, but they avoided prison thanks to Deadshot ‘s government connections. [ 79 ]
Main article: Deadshot: Urban Renewal Deadshot discovered he had a daughter, Zoe, who was being raised in a crime-filled area of Star City by her mother, Michelle Torres. Lawton decided to do correct by this daughter and embarked on a deadly war on the local gangs that plagued the area. The series ended with Deadshot faking his death, having realized a normal life is not for him, but having largely cleared up the area and having convinced green Arrow to patrol it more regularly .
Main article: Villains United The Secret Six were banded together by a cryptic, shroud character named Mockingbird ( who was actually Lex Luthor ) who offered a major reward for committing to the team and a severe punishment for not accepting membership. Deadshot was offered the reward of ruling North America ; his punishment was to be the destruction of the vicinity of his daughter and her mother. At the end of the mini-series, a deadlock was reached and Deadshot ‘s status remained roughly unaltered from the end of his moment mini-series. He remained a separate of The Secret Six and was shown having reached a stew friendship with another penis, Catman. His share of the requital for the Six ‘s mercenary make was stated to be sent in its entirety to his daughter and her mother. After the Six disbanded, Knockout commented in authorize that he had returned to the Suicide Squad .
Main articles: Countdown to Final Crisis and Salvation Run Deadshot and the Suicide Squad were assigned in rounding up supervillains for removal from Earth to a purportedly passive satellite known as cygnus 4019 ( or Salvation ) as separate of Project Salvation. The group had encountered Pied Piper and Trickster respective times, and each time failed to capture them. Deadshot made a solo attempt to capture them, but the copulate again eluded him. [ 80 ] much later, Deadshot ( breaking orders from Amanda Waller and Suicide Squad protocol ) traced and attacked Piper and Trickster on a discipline outside of the Rocky Mountains. Given that the supervillains were aware of Project Salvation, Deadshot apparently killed The Trickster leaving Pied Piper on his own. [ 81 ] In Salvation Run # 2, Deadshot and Bane were tricked and sent off to the prison planet along with the last batch of criminals. Before being sent to Salvation, Rick Flag Jr. stated to him as the Boom Tube closed that he could not have people like him on Earth. Deadshot vowed that if he ever returned to Earth, he would take his revenge on Rick. After helping fight off the Parademon invasion he managed to escape with the surviving villains in the teleporter [ 82 ] .
Main article: Secret Six: Unhinged The Secret Six were late reunited with a new lineup including Bane, Catman, Jeannette, Rag Doll, and Scandal. Their first gear mission was trying to recover a “ Get Out of Hell Free ” card forged by the demon Neron, which was held by the vigilante Tarantula. This put them into conflict with the mysterious villain Junior, who sent an army of super-villains to kill them. Tarantula sacrificed herself to kill Junior .
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In his psychological profile, Marnie Herrs said that Floyd Lawton has potent self-destructive urges. Herrs believed that he was looking for a direction to die, and he hoped the Suicide Squad would provide one. Despite this, she said there is another side of him that wants to be well and does not know how. [ 23 ] Captain Boomerang asks why he chooses to live in a prison cellular telephone, and Deadshot replies that “ a bed ‘s a layer. ” [ 29 ] He has described himself as similar to Rick Flag, and states that they are both “ alone wolves ” who “ do n’t fit in the pack. ” [ 31 ] Herrs asks him about his sexual relationships, and he says that he entirely visits prostitutes. He prefers sexual activity to be childlike like a commercial enterprise transaction, and hates figuring out what women want in relationships. [ 32 ] Floyd Lawton had told Marnie Herrs that life means nothing to him. His buddy was the only person he always cared about. He claimed to have felt nothing, no guilt or compunction, when he killed his brother. He said the entirely life anybody truly cares about is their own, and he does not even care about that. In his own words, he is “ killing time, waiting to die. ” He tells Marnie that evil is real, and the lone manner to cure some people is with a bullet train to the read/write head. When his son was killed and he murdered the people responsible, he described this as a necessity military action to protect his repute. This was accompanied by an emotional outburst. Marnie Herrs accused him of being unable to admit his feelings because he could not deal with his own anger and grief. [ 5 ]
Powers and Abilities
- Intolerance: Deadshot is lactose intolerant.
- Wrist-mounted guns: Deadshot has a wrist-mounted gun on each arm. They fire magnum bullets when he presses a trigger button on his palm. They also contain a grappling hook that allows him to swing across buildings.
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC’s Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character’s Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and no longer apply.
- Floyd Lawton is known to have been friends with William Heller growing up.
- Deadshot’s wrist-guns are inspired by the real life “Sleeve Guns” manufactured during WWII by the British Army’s Station IX.
- He claims to have been a card-carrying communist.
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