When director David Ayer teased some big reveals for Suicide Squad, fans may have expected a look at the cast - but they didn't bet on seeing the entire roster of DC Comics villains assembled in their final costumes. Even so, it seems Ayer has some more reveals on the way, beginning with Will Smith's Deadshot.
It's not a confirmation that such detailed looks will be coming for all the characters, but as one of the film's main stars (and deadliest assassins), the closer look at Smith's character will be enough to tide fans over for now. Especially now that Deadshot's signature mask has been officially confirmed.
The full cast photo (confirming the addition of Katana, Slipknot, and Killer Croc) was clearly meant to express the attitude of the film and its cast, as opposed to giving detailed looks at each villain's own gear and costume. It would seem their individual time in the spotlight is approaching, with Ayer taking to Twitter to offer a closer look at Deadshot's weaponry and outfit:
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) May 4, 2015
Obviously, the mask Deadshot is sporting - noticably absent in the cast photo - will be the hottest topic of conversation. Where director Zack Snyder has seemed to make pains to adapt the comic book costumes of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman as faithfully as possible, it seems that may be Ayer's goal as well. Instead of re-imagining the synthetic/bulletproof/metallic, contoured headgear worn by Deadshot in the field, it's been recreated about as closely as possible.
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It's not the only faithful adaptation of the comic material, either, as Deadshot's signature red color scheme, wrist-mounted firearms, and overall wealth of weaponry and spare ammunition is kept intact. The metallic armor also walks the line between comic book fantasy and real-world manufacturing, but it's Deadshot's collar that speaks to Ayer's own style being woven into the character designs.
Combined with the group shot, it appears Floyd Lawton wears the words "The Light" and "The Way" around his throat; presumably referring to the line of scripture found in John 14:6 - "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the light; no one comes to the Father but through Me" ("light" and "life" appear in different translations). The scripture is also carried onto the barrel of his go-to rifle.
A man of faith who kills people for a living may seem like a contradiction, but a complicated assassin would likely be a more compelling one. In a film populated with hardened criminals, thugs, and depraved killers, introducing Deadshot as a man of morals may help to differentiate him (along with his daughter). On the other hand, it could be a twisted inversion of the sentiment, claiming that he is the only one sending people to meet their maker.
It's also pleasant to see that Ayer and his costume team have realized that the actual mechanics of placing an augmented eye...device into the scope of a rifle could prove a little clunky, or redundant. As a result, it will be Smith's left eye sporting the visual boost. Either that, or Smith is simply more dominant in one eye over the other (unlike Deathstroke, Deadshot isn't considered to have one eye 'missing,' but either a cybernetically-enhanced eye, or both intact, depending on the writer).
What do you comic fans think of the costume, now that a closer look has been offered? Does the mask get your stamp of approval, or were you hoping for a different approach? Sound off in the comments, and we'll keep you up to date as more character images are released.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman - June 23rd, 2017; Justice League - November 17th, 2017; The Flash - March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman - July 27th, 2018; Shazam - April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 - June 14th, 2019; Cyborg - April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern - June 19th, 2020.
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