James Gunn’s Suicide Squad promises to be a big hit for the DCEU and in lieu of that, we are working on some comparison articles involving the group and its characters. Today, we are going to focus on one character in particular – Bloodsport – whom we are going to pit against DC’s strongest superhero, Superman. We know, from the trailer, that Bloodsport landed in prison because he shot Superman with a Kryptonite bullet. Does that mean he could defeat him? Let us examine it.
Bloodsport and Deadshot are almost identical in terms of power and story, but there is a difference, namely Dadshoot has constantly proven that he is the DC Universe’s best marksman. He is also a great fighter, which brings us to the conclusion that Deadshot would be declared victor here.
Our comparison is going to be divided into three sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the two characters, after which we are going to compare their powers, including their signature weapons. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two characters to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
Bloodsport and his powers
Receiving the call letter for the Vietnam War, African American Robert “Bobby” DuBois fled to Canada to avoid recruitment, not because he was against the war but because he was terrified of dying. His brother Michael pretended to be him and went to war, losing all limbs: destroyed by feelings of guilt, Robert became obsessed with the Vietnam War and was imprisoned several times in several Canadian psychiatric hospitals.
Determined to assassinate his enemy Superman, Lex Luthor sent some emissaries to recruit DuBois, gifting him with upgraded weapons, including a pistol capable of firing Kryptonite shells and a weapon teleporter, and plagiarizing him into believing he was actually in Vietnam with Michael. Under the alias of Bloodsport, the insane villain killed various citizens of Metropolis accusing them of having wasted their freedom, seriously injuring Superman when he tried to stop him.
Disgusted by the massacres committed by the criminal, Luthor himself tried to stop him, but it was a Superman cured of his Kryptonite wounds who defeated him by destroying his weapons. Bloodsport then tried to detonate himself using the energy of his teleportation, but Jimmy Olsen tracked Michael down and took him to the scene, causing Robert to psychologically collapse.
Becoming a recurring enemy of Superman, he also had a skirmish against the famous hitman Deadshot. In the Avengers/JLA crossover he set a trap for Vision and Aquaman along with other supervillains: he later tried to kill Iron Man, but was stopped by Hal Jordan and taken to prison.
While DuBois went to prison, a new criminal took the mantle of Bloodsport: ironically it was a white supremacist, Alexander Trent, with whom Perry White had previously dealt. Captured by Superman and taken to prison, Trent develops a heated rivalry with DuBois, locked up in the same prison: to ease the tension, the director instituted a boxing match between the two inmates, with Superman in the role of referee.
At the climax of the encounter, Trent used teleportation to obtain some weapons, sparking a riot in which the fates of the two criminals reached tragic conclusions: DuBois stole one of the weapons and attempted to escape being killed by the guards, while Trent was recaptured and subsequently burned. in his cell by the Aryan Brotherhood, disappointed by the weakness shown towards his rival.
A third Bloodsport, whose true identity is unknown, attacked Superman along with Silver Banshee and other criminals: here he attempted to kill Olsen but was quickly neutralized by the Man of Steel.
Deadshoot and his powers
Deadshot, whose real name is Floyd Lawton, is a DC Comics character created in 1950 by Bob Kane, David Vern Reed, and Lew Schwartz; he was inspired by the historic WWII sniper Vasily Zaitsev. In fact, Deadshot is an infallible sniper and a ruthless mercenary assassin. He is one of Batman’s worst enemies.
In his first appearance, Deadshot was a crime fighter, only to discover that in reality, his aims are to replace Batman in this task. Jailed, he later changes his costume and begins his career as a mercenary killer.
The reasons for the search for a spectacular death are probably due to his childhood when his mother convinced her two children to kill their father, a horrible man; Floyd tried to prevent his brother, whom he adored, from committing the crime, but inadvertently killed him.
Years later Floyd had a son, whom he named Eddie after his dead brother, whom his mother, still full of hatred towards her ex-husband, kidnapped to force him to finish the job that he did not finish years ago; but when the child was accidentally killed by the kidnapper, Deadshot made a massacre, until he arrived in front of his mother and, in front of the amazed eyes of the psychiatrist who was taking care of her, he shot her making her paraplegic.
Floyd is a character who has no qualms about betraying his companions in order to achieve his goal, he has no feelings for anyone, except for his little daughter Zoe. Floyd always, after each mission, secretly goes to Star City to greet his daughter who lives with her mother.
Deadshot was trained, among others, by David Cain. In Bruce Wayne: Fugitive he is hired to kill his ex-instructor. Floyd was recruited by Amanda Waller to be the leader of the Suicide Squad. Later after several missions, Amanda Waller will also recruit Aquaman’s dangerous enemy, Black Manta.
For leadership reasons, Black Manta will face Deadshot in hand-to-hand combat, but Manta’s skill is such that Deadshot risked being killed. Retiring from the Suicide Squad, he joined the new team of mercenaries known as the Secret Six, alongside criminals like Bane, Catman (Thomas Reese Blake), Cheshire (Jade Nguyen), Scandal (Vandal Savage’s daughter), and the strong Sportsmaster ( Lawrence “Crusher” Crock).
Despite an apparent harmony with each member, Floyd does not hesitate to endanger the life of his companions to save his own or if they had to risk a job and therefore the possibility of compensation. Currently, after Black Manta left the Suicide Squad for good to join the Injustice League founded by Lex Luthor and the Joker, Deadshot has returned to lead the squad.
Comparing the powers of Bloodsport and Deadshot
Our second section will contain a comparison of the two characters’ powers. It won’t be a direct comparison as much as a listing of their powers abilities, which is going to serve as a basis for our analysis in section three of our article. Now, let us begin.
We’re quite sad to state that Bloodsport doesn’t really have any special powers. He is a completely regular guy who lost his mind at one point, after unsuccessfully dealing with the guilt caused by his brother being crippled in Vietnam. He is a good marksman, although not the best, he is a good and strong fighter, but none of that is above the average or superhuman. He is a regular Joe and that brings us to an end when his powers and abilities are concerned.
Deadshot has no superhuman abilities, but he is the best marksman in the DC Universe regularly boasts of “never missing” his target. The character once shot an apple from Captain Boomerang’s head with his eyes closed. He also intentionally brushed against the Enchantress’s skull as she flew, as he was asked to non-lethal knock her down.
Deadshot is also very good in tactical and strategic warfare. He usually carries a sniper rifle, two submachine guns placed on both wrists. In addition to English, Deadshot can speak Russian, which he studied in his youth.
In addition to handling weapons, Deadshot also masters martial arts, practicing karate, jujutsu, judo, boxing, krav maga, and Thai boxing. In addition to these, he knows different styles of knife fighting techniques.
Bloodsport and Deadshot are both regular humans, which is quite interesting, since we rarely had such comparisons. Still, there are several distinguishing features and we are going to explain them in the next section.
Who would win, Bloodsport or Deadshot?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Bloodsport and Deadshot are two very similar characters with similar powers; this only made our analysis a tad more fun and nothing else. Let us continue.
This comparison doesn’t seem like an overly difficult one. Sure, Bloodsport and Deadshot are very similar characters and that might pose a problem comparison-wise, but a more detailed look into their powers and abilities shows us that Bloodsport wouldn’t really stand a chance against Deadshot.
Deadshot is the best marksman among the villains and although Bloodsport can also hit his target, he’s not nearly as proficient as Lawton. Lawton can do amazing things with his bullets, while Bloodsport is just a very good shooter; also, while Lawton isn’t as mad as Bloodsport, he is still capable of killing a lot of people.
Another thing where Deadshot is obviously superior are his fighting skills. He has been trained in a lot of different martial arts, including knife-wielding techniques, which makes him an extremely dangerous combatant in hand-to-hand combat. Bloodsport is not even near that level.
All of these facts, when combined together, lead us to the inevitable conclusion that Deadshot would win in a one-on-one fight with Bloodsport. While the two of them are very similar, the fact is that Deadshot is both more skilled and more experienced than Bloodsport. He would use that experience to his advantage, and he would also use the fact that he has more training than DuBois. Without a shred of doubt, Deadshot is the winner here.
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