The cast of the upcoming “Suicide Squad” is filled with A-listers such as Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, and Ben Affleck. But there’s another character we’re really looking forward to watch (aside from The Joker and Harley Quinn) and that is Will Smith’s Deadshot.
According to Entertainment Weekly’s recent cover story tease, we got to learn that there’s more to the perfect shooter than his sociopathic tendencies. Floyd Lawton aka Deadshot has 1 weakness: his daughter, Zoe.
“His Achilles heel is his daughter. He loves this little girl and that creates this bizarre conflicting mindset where he enjoys killing people but that’s something this little girl doesn’t want from him. She wants a daddy,” the 47-year-old actor told the publication.
At the start of the movie, Deadshot is behind bars, so obviously the protagonist hasn’t been spending much time with his daughter. It won’t be until Amanda Waller reveals her plans to assemble Task Force X that both father and child will stand a chance to reunite.
For most of his acting career, Smith has always played characters that are likeable, charismatic, and who are mostly good. So how did the Oscar nominee end up signing on to play the leader of a villainous ensemble?
“I had never played a character that legitimately didn’t give a f**k. It’s very freeing not having to carry the moral spine of the movie. I couldn’t find a model to understand what would make someone comfortable killing another person for money,” Smith explained.
“David walked me through that. He found a book for me (“The Anatomy of Motive” by John Douglas), and I worked through getting into the mind of serial killers. Once I accepted the [notion the author puts forth] that it feels good, that really exploded the idea in my mind of Deadshot,” he added.
Deadshot may be one of Batman’s most common adversaries in the comics, but in “Suicide Squad”, he will be more of an anti-hero. According to i Digital Times, both Affleck’s Batman and Smith’s Deadshot will share 2 scenes together, 1 is described as “emotional” while another takes place in flashback form.
“Suicide Squad” is slated for release on 4th August 2016.