While Suicide Squad is chock-full of super villains, there a few good guys who are involved in the story. One of those folks is Batman, making his second DC Extended Universe appearance following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. So far the Suicide Squad previews have only shown Batman chasing The Joker and Harley Quinn, but now it looks like he’ll have an encounter with Deadshot as well.
Floyd Lawton himself, Will Smith, teased to Fandango that his character will get to fight Batman at some point during Suicide Squad. As he put it:
When Will Smith says "not completely pleasant," we assume that means bullets will be shot and faces will be punched. Suicide Squad will just be the latest time Batman and Headshot have come to blows. While he may not be as well-known a member of Batman’s rogues gallery as Joker, Harley or Killer Croc, the assassin made his first comic book appearance in 1950’s Batman #59, though back then he donned a top hat, tuxedo and domino mask while committing crimes. Nowadays he fights a variety of heroes around the DC universe, but he still has a special spot in Batman’s world.
Outside of the comics, he tussled with Batman in Justice League and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, he was one of the villains in the Batman: Gotham Knight animated movie and he was hired for hits in the video games Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins. As for Suicide Squad, Will Smith didn’t elaborate on how his Deadshot and Ben Affleck’s Batman will cross paths, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Batman was the one who’s responsible for Deadshot’s imprisonment. It’s also worth noting that during John Ostrander’s run on the Suicide Squad book, despite Deadshot's rivalry with Batman, he was either unable or subconsciously unwilling to kill Batman. Will this Deadshot have the same dynamic with the Dark Knight or will he not pull his punches?
While Suicide Squad’s focus is obviously dedicated to the super villain group rather than the Caped Crusader, it’s unclear how much we’ll see of Batman in the movie. Director David Ayer has simply said he has "just the right amount of screen time," which we think is just the right amount of vague. The first two previews showed him in a car chase with Joker and Harley Quinn, while the latest trailer showed him diving to rescue someone. We’re guessing it’s Harley, as he’s later seen carrying her to the Batmobile. Beyond that and the Deadshot fight, we’ll have to wait for what else is in store for the bat, though it was rumored last year he would have a scene confronting Amanda Waller
Deadshot and Batman in action when Suicide Squad arrives in theaters on August 5.
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