DC Comics and Warner Bros. still have plenty of work to do when it comes to establishing their cinematic heroes. To date, the only member of their Justice League we've met is Superman, but Batman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg are all expected to be introduced in Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice.
After that film, there are several solo films planned that will further develop these heroes - all well and good, but if DC/WB are looking to finally step out from Marvel's shadow, then the film following BvS - Suicide Squad - is that opportunity.
The massive and unexpected success of Guardians of the Galaxy proved audiences enjoy an adventure led by anti-heroes, and you don't get any more anti-heroic than the Suicide Squad. Set for release in 2016, Suicide Squad is being written and directed by David Ayer (Fury) and will center on a team of villains assembled by the government and tasked with dangerous - and almost certainly deadly - jobs in return for time off their sentences.
Already, we've seen the basic blueprint for how the Suicide Squad operates on the CW's Arrow and in the animated film, Batman: Assault on Arkham, but this feature film could very well become the definitive version of the team for mainstream audiences. And that's something Deadshot actor Will Smith is all too aware of.
While promoting his latest film, Focus - which he stars in with fellow Suicide Squad teammate, Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) - Smith was asked by MTV News how he feels about being the first cinematic Deadshot:
"With this character and the DC world, I love that I’m getting the opportunity for the global definition of Deadshot. There’s been Deadshot in little appearances here and there, there’s an idea, but Deadshot isn’t defined, really. I get to be a part of the creation that will be the biggest historical image of Deadshot."
Some fans may be irritated to hear Deadshot's previous iterations sidelined so casually - Arrow's Michael Rowe, for instance - but Smith isn't wrong to be excited about getting to put his own stamp on the character. When it comes to the world stage, Deadshot is less than a supporting villain. Given Smith's worldwide appeal and box office draw, it will be his version of Deadshot that leaves a lasting impression (no matter the outcome).
We've already given our reason why we believe Suicide Squad could be a great supervillain movie for DC, and Deadshot and his relationships with the other villains is an integral part as to why. But to be honest, it's the casting of Smith that proved the studio was truly invested in making the villain a household name.
Smith is an unexpected choice for Deadshot for any number of reasons, but his star power will undoubtedly prove a huge draw for viewers who may not normally give a film like Suicide Squad a chance. And while comic book fans may still be wary, Smith is clearly excited by the role and has already vowed to do his homework. All he can do now is hope that's enough for fans to embrace him as the "definitive" Deadshot.
Were you happy with the choice of Will Smith as the sharp-shooter assassin, Deadshot? What do you think Smith will bring to his "definitive" version? Sound off in the comments below!
Suicide Squad will release on August 5th, 2016.
Source: MTV News