Name: Floyd Lawton aka “Deadshot”.
History: Before Floyd was renowned for his impeccable marksmanship he was just a regular kid who looked up to his brother. Their father was a Grade-A assclown who had a tendency to take out his aggression on the family, young Floyd tried to stop him but due to a stroke of bad luck he ended up shooting and killing his brother instead. This, not really surprisingly, led to a lot of mental anguish and set him on a path of disobedience.
What Makes Him a Babe: He’s a bad boy. As we get older we tend to realize that bad boys are not the ideal endgame, they are fun but there’s no logical long-term commitment. Deadshot is a lot like that. He’s good with a gun and he’s even better in bed but the man is looking to die in a blaze of glory. He’s not falling all over himself trying to open doors for you or buy you flowers “just because.” His clothes reek of cigarette smoke and you’re not really sure if that’s a gun in his pocket or if he’s happy to see you. But when you find out it is in fact a gun you aren’t totally surprised. He’s the kind of scummy sleazebag you meet in a dive bar that bangs you against a bathroom stall door. The sex is mind-blowing but there is a detached madness lurking behind those dark eyes and while it should send you running away you keep coming back for more.
Evolution in Sexiness: When Floyd first appeared in Batman #59 he wore a top hat and coattails, like deadly, mustachioed Tuxedo Mask. He is one of the few men who look better after he changed out of that penguin suit and into something a little more super-villainous. For as much as I’ve been talking about how attractive he is, I’m really glad he decided to change into the red and silver costume. Not being able to see his face only accentuates his charmingly dangerous personality. Then when he pulls that mask off and you see him smirking while he chain smokes a box of cigarettes you suddenly taste iron because you damn near bit your own lip off.
Favorite Rendition: There are three important versions of Deadshot. Comic book, Justice League: Unlimited, and Arrow. Let’s start with the most disappointing, on Arrow, Floyd was a scrawny, sweaty excuse of a man. Nothing at all like the machismo beast of the comic books. Especially standing next to the very hunky Stephen Amell, this version of Deadshot was a pathetic shadow of the character he was based on.
Comparatively, in one of my favorite episodes of Justice League: Unlimited, “Task Force X”, we are introduced to Bruce Timm’s idea of Deadshot. He’s a smooth-talking smartass who knows just how good he is at shooting guns and bedding women. The cherry on top is the fact that Michael Rosenbaum uses what I’m guessing is his “bedroom” voice for the character and my god does it work. Every time Deadshot calls Plastique “darling” I start to feel tingly and warm and breathing becomes very difficult.
But really none of this compares to the Floyd Lawton we saw in Secret Six. When the team was put together at the hands of the mysterious “Mockingbird” and the talented Gail Simone in Villains United, Deadshot is showcased but not forced on the reader. It’s easy to say that Scandal Savage and Catman take the lead. But by the end of the book it’s clear that Deadshot has become the backbone of the team. The problem with a team full of villains is that you are never 100% sure if you can trust them but Floyd has a way with making everyone feel like he knows all the answers even if he cause of all the problems. The beautiful twist that he never notices is the rest of the team sees him as the older brother. He has become the one thing he craves the most, a role model.
Relationship Status: Since I couldn’t get past the first issue of the New 52 Suicide Squad my ideas of Deadshot end with Secret Six. But that’s perfect because in Secret Six he found an equal with which he could have some of the steamiest love scenes with. If you’re familiar with the book I know you just immediately pictured Catman but sadly, no, I meant the beautiful and terrifying sort-of Banshee: Jeannette. Despite the fact that they never really define their relationship with labels other than “lover” they belong to each other and that is so psychotically adorable.
Their attraction is instant and volatile. But the best thing is that she doesn’t change him and turn him into a romantic puddle, he’s just as chauvinistic as before and she loves that! She isn’t some doormat that he walks all over; she is using him for his body. As a “banshee” she is overcome with a euphoric feeling when near death and because of Floyd’s high kill-count and his disregard for personal safety Jeannette feels like she’s constantly buzzing. Granted it could be said that while the two of them proceed to have porno style sex all over the house they are also taking advantage of the companionship. They might not be in love but their loneliness and lust is like a thousand sad magnets keeping these two coming back to each other.
F*ck, Marry, Kill: F*ck. Floyd Lawton is not the marrying type. I cannot stress how much this is the man you have angry, revenge sex with. Usually I tend to like my men tall, bespectacled, and sickly thin but even I cannot withstand Deadshot’s robust and ripped body. Another reason to love the addition of Jeannette to the team is that we get a lot more panels of half-naked Floyd. He’s nice to look at, even nicer to test drive for the night, but you do not want to put a down payment on something that won’t be there in a few days.
Denise Compatibility: There is a very high chance that if I was given the opportunity to let Floyd have his way with me, I would take it. However, unlike Jeanette, I would not be able to keep up that routine and not develop feelings for him so it would most likely be a one (or two, half a dozen at most) time love affair. After that it would be drinking beers together after a mercenary job, helping Ragdoll out of some disturbing exploit, and lots of making fun of Catman. After a couple joyrides, Deadshot’s charm would stop being irresistible and start being a source of entertainment. That doesn’t mean that I would look away if I walked in him post-shower. I mean, we all need to get our kicks somehow, I’m only human.
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