Ask a group of DC Comics fans or comic book movie enthusiasts which movie they're looking forward to more: Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice or David Ayer's Suicide Squad, and it may be hard to find a frontrunner. It's not hard to understand, either. One is a Justice League precursor, the other a hard-hitting, twisted crime story. But those getting excited for both Ben Affleck's Batman and Will Smith's Deadshot may not have to choose a favorite before long.
According to the latest rumor surrounding the planned solo Batman movie, rumored to be co-written and directed by Affleck himself, Floyd Lawton a.k.a. Deadshot will play a role in the film - and it won't be a small one. Given the characters' shared history with the Gotham underworld, a clash is more than fitting. But the vigilante and assassin will apparently be joining forces, not squaring off.
The rumor comes courtesy of Latino Review, whose sources claim that if current rumblings proceed as hoped, Smith will shift from his Suicide Squad introduction to the DC Extended Universe to "a major role" in the solo film. But before anyone assumes that Batman will be charged with stopping Lawton from completing a job, the same sources claim Affleck and Smith will be thrown together in a "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly scenario."
For those who haven't seen the film in question, it follows an honorable bounty hunter, a cold blooded killer and a foolish oaf teaming up to find some buried treasure. Neither party is crazy about the partnership, but they're forced to work together so everyone wins, or none of them walk away with the goods. A direct connection probably isn't the idea here, since Ben Affleck's Batman isn't expected to be evil or squeaky clean, and David Ayer has avoided referring to Deadshot as a typical villain.
But the message seems clear: Batman and Deadshot will be working together, even if it's only because they must.
At first glance, this report would seem to conflict with prior rumors that the solo Batman film would be an adaptation of the "Under the Red Hood" comic arc. In that story, a former Robin returns on a rampage, designed to draw both Batman and The Joker out into the open for a twisted reunion. There has been plenty of evidence that Zack Snyder will include the 'dead Robin' history in his take on Batman, but even so, there's no "major role" for Deadshot in that story, since Batman, Red Hood and Joker take up most of the spotlight.
It's worth remembering that Suicide Squad will give Deadshot an opportunity to see the madness of Joker (Jared Leto) up close and personal. Does that mean he would offer Batman assistance if 'the clown prince of crime' starts causing trouble? Even a plot twist that would make Deadshot morally obligated to aid Batman isn't a hard sell. Warner Bros. seems willing to blend their DC characters and franchises any way that makes sense (hence Affleck's cameo in Suicide Squad), and Deadshot is traditionally seen as a supporting Batman character, so it's oddly fitting, regardless of what movie actually introduces the masked assassin.
It's also less than shocking that the same sources claim Will Smith is all too eager to help expand DC's movie universe, after apparently campaigning for Viola Davis to land the role of Amanda Waller. With cast and crew all seeming to agree that the former Man in Black is as much of a leader on the set as he is in the film, the idea of a reinvigorated Smith teaming up with Affleck both in front of and behind the camera is more than enough to get fans talking.
What do you think of the rumor? Does it seem a perfect sign of the "massive" movie universe DC and Warner Bros. are building? Are you eager to see Will Smith and Ben Affleck share the screen (and possibly a fight or two)? Or does this seem like a strange move with such heavy hitters already rumored for the movie?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern on June 19, 2020. The Superman and Batman solo films have release dates TBD.
Source: Latino Review