Deadshot Dilemma: The Multiversal Mystery Unveiled in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
When Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League hit the gaming scene, fans were left scratching their heads about the different versions of Deadshot. How ...
When Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League hit the gaming scene, fans were left scratching their heads about the different versions of Deadshot. How could this game be canon to the Arkhamverse while featuring a Deadshot who looked different from the one seen in Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins? Well, fear not, my friends! Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has finally provided an answer to this perplexing question.
Warning: Spoilers for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League ahead!
The game wastes no time in addressing the Deadshot dilemma. Captain Boomerang, ever the curious soul, straight-up asks Floyd Lawton, "Isn't Deadshot supposed to be white?" during their initial encounter in the game's opening cutscene. And just when you thought that was it, Task Force X visits "The Batman Experience," a full-blown museum exhibition that recaps the events and characters from the previous Arkham games—Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, and Batman: Arkham Knight. It's here that the game delves into what happened during the five-year gap before Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. And boy, does it get interesting!
While interacting with an image of the other Deadshot, Lawton dismisses him as a "phony steampunk-ass looking dude," implying that the previous Deadshot was nothing more than an impostor. At first, this could have been brushed off as a lazy retcon to make the new Deadshot visually closer to the one from the 2016 Suicide Squad movie. After all, Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang's costume designs also took inspiration from the film. But hold on! A.R.G.U.S. tapes reveal a more intricate history between the two Deadshots, turning this into a captivating side plot.
If you're familiar with the patient interviews from Batman: Arkham Asylum, then you'll understand the concept of A.R.G.U.S. tapes. These tapes can be unlocked in the Codex after completing various Riddler activities and during Finite Crisis, providing further insight into Floyd Lawton's past and his encounter with the other Deadshot.
The "Double Tap" A.R.G.U.S. tapes shed light on Lawton's retirement and subsequent return as Deadshot. After his daughter Zoe was born, Lawton hung up his Deadshot mantle and criminal activities. However, when the impostor Deadshot arrived on the scene, Lawton couldn't resist the temptation. He came out of retirement to track him down and eliminate him, fearing that the impostor would jeopardize all he had built and bring unwanted heat upon himself.
According to Green Lantern, the two Deadshots wreaked havoc on Gotham, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. This led to Lawton's arrest, but he reveals a different story to his fellow Task Force X members in another tape. Lawton explains how he observed the other Deadshot for months, stating that they were so similar he practically read the impostor's mind. Finally, the two assassins faced off from ten city blocks away, aiming at each other with their sniper rifles. In a symmetrical display of skill, they fired simultaneously. Deadshot hit his target, while the other Deadshot missed by a mere couple of millimeters. Lawton claims to be "ninety-nine percent sure" that he's the last Deadshot standing, but it came at a great personal cost. Going back into action led to his arrest by Green Lantern, tearing him away from his daughter and setting the stage for his grudge against the superhero.
You might think that's the end of Deadshot's story, but hold on tight! The final A.R.G.U.S. tape raises an even greater mystery. Aaron Cash confirms that both Deadshots shared the same DNA and fingerprints, aligning with Batman's investigative work when tracking the Deadshot from Batman: Arkham City. This means that both versions were legitimate incarnations of Floyd Lawton.
In a climactic twist, Lawton approaches Earth 2's Lex Luthor after the game's multiversal revelations. He inquires whether the other Deadshot could have been a multiversal variant as well. Luthor initially denies the theory, claiming that the timelines don't match up. The other Deadshot would have needed access to dimensional phasing technology years before Luthor even knew about Brainiac's existence. Luthor also reveals that the Deadshot of his universe perished during Brainiac's invasion, further solidifying the idea that the Deadshot Lawton faced was from yet another Elseworld.
This revelation leaves us with a burning question: Who had the technology to travel between dimensions before Brainiac's arrival? It's a mystery that could be unraveled in future Arkhamverse installments or in post-launch chapters of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. There's even a tantalizingpossibility that the other Deadshot could be a character from another DC Comics storyline, such as the Dark Multiverse or the Watchmen universe.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has certainly given fans a lot to ponder regarding the multiversal nature of Deadshot. It's a testament to the game's storytelling and world-building that it not only acknowledges the visual discrepancy but also weaves it into the narrative, creating an intriguing subplot that adds depth to the character. The game's use of A.R.G.U.S. tapes and interactions with other characters like Lex Luthor and Green Lantern further enhance the mystery surrounding Deadshot's doppelgänger.
As fans eagerly await more information and potential future installments, one thing is clear: Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has successfully reignited interest in Deadshot's character and opened up a world of possibilities for the Arkhamverse. Whether it's through exploring the multiverse or uncovering the truth behind the other Deadshot, there's no doubt that the game has set the stage for exciting developments in the DC gaming universe.
So, buckle up, fellow gamers and DC enthusiasts. The Deadshot dilemma might just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the multiversal mysteries that await us in the world of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.