Deadshot in Batman 3? (My follow-up to inferiorego's article)
Inferiorego recently wrote an article about the possibility of Black Mask being the main villain in the upcoming Batman film. I completely agree with him that Black Mask would not only make an excellent villain for Nolan's established universe, but he'd also be a perfect follow up to the conclusion of The Dark Knight. But every crime lord has his right hand man. The Kingpin has Lady Bullseye, The Red Skull has Crossbones, Joker has Harley Quinn, so on and so on. So, who can stand beside The Black Mask and be the primary threat to Bruce Wayne in Batman 3? Deadshot, that's who.
He already fits the bill. He's been a hired gun for the majority of his appearances, and with his near-flawless accuracy, he'd be the best man for the job in Black Mask's eyes. While Deadshot might not be considered a Batman villain, he's had numerous encounters with Wayne, definitely more than enough to justify having a role in a movie. He even appeared in the animated movie Gotham Knight as a hired gun. To top it all off, he's a realistic villain, making it an easy translation into the films. He's merely a man with good accuracy. His costume? Of course it wouldn't translate well to the big screen, but it can be simplified with some kevlar, pistols, a trench coat (as in Deadshot Vol. 2) and a mask with a basic targeting system installed.
But now we have to dive into the question of how would they treat Deadshot? Would he be like his comic counter-part who purposely pulls his shots against the Dark Knight, or would be be a blood-thirsty gunman who won't hesitate to take down Gotham City's biggest challenger? Personally, I think it would be easy to have Deadshot pull his shots without diving into his complex back-story which explains why. After all, this could be Deadshot's biggest challenge, so maybe he'd want to enjoy the challenge, such as villains often do with their heroes. Then on the other hand, we can ignore that aspect and just assume Batman's stealth, armor, and gadgets will allow him overcome Deadshot. Either are perfectly acceptable to me. There's no real need to dive into his origin or give him his own side plot. I think all of his actions should be dictated by Black Mask's order until his final encounter with the Bat. By doing this, the movie would avoid the same mistakes Spider-Man 3 made with it's villains. And in the end, it always leaves him open for future roles in the franchise, since he likely wouldn't die.
Every blockbuster needs its major fight scenes. Sure, a movie involving Black Mask can be loaded with Batman beating up thugs and falling for traps, but it would be missing that "big showdown" element. I think Deadshot is the man for that job. Agree? Disagree? Discuss!
As you said, Deadshot is a very down to Earth character without extravagant powers. And also a character both with a set of abilities that could aneable him to pose a threat to Batman as well as a rich personality and backstory that could offer for emotional investment to the character. He'd be a good match for Nolan's universe.
" @Morpheus_: Thanks. Glad to see it makes some sense :) "
Hush is unlikely, since his plot involves a variety of villains, and Nolan hasn't introduced enough this soon into the franchise. I don't see any reason why Deadshot working for Black Mask would be a bad idea. Black Mask is a crime lord who has men working for him. Deadshot is often portrayed as a gun for hire. After all, he's done "body guard" work before (the scan I used in my article). Plus, like I said in my article, it won't suffer from Spider-Man 3's mistakes. Deadshot would essentially be a secondary character, almost like Bullseye in Daredevil (except the film would be of much greater quality, of course LOL).
Well, then I believe that it would be wise to include Deadshot as Black Mask's subordinate. This will be the last Batman film that we see from Nolan. So why not raise the stakes? I personally think that the Riddler would appear to be too similar to the Joker.
" @Edamame:GRRRR. LOL
I agree with the Riddler being a bit too familiar after we've had the Joker, but I'm afraid he's the likely candidate. "
Well, there is nothing we can do to change that, I guess. I wish I could have seen more Scarecrow and Mr. Zsasz.
No matter what the choice, Nolan has done an amazing job with each. Even if he does take the obvious choice and pick the Riddler, I'm sure it'll be a great movie. I think we've seen plenty of Scarecrow, but IIRC, Zsasz was let loose at the end of Batman Begins. So, there's always the potential for another appearance from him.
" @Edamame:That is correct. Mr. Zsasz was let loose, after Ras al Ghul and his subordinates let them all free. He had that big cut on his neck. Remember that? I think they were stitches.
No matter what the choice, Nolan has done an amazing job with each. Even if he does take the obvious choice and pick the Riddler, I'm sure it'll be a great movie. I think we've seen plenty of Scarecrow, but IIRC, Zsasz was let loose at the end of Batman Begins. So, there's always the potential for another appearance from him. "
good idea man, love deadshot, he should play along with riddler and catwoman in the movie, it would be interesting
i wish Ventriloquist could be in batman movie because he's my favorite character. but he's not that interesting character for most people.
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