To honor James Gunn’s successful take on the Suicide Squad, we have decided to give you a comparison of the movie’s two protagonists. One is Robert DuBois, also known as Bloodsport, while the other is the Christopher Smith iteration of the Peacemaker character. Both of them appear in the movie and they even clashed there. We are going to see whether the movie was on spot with its outcome!
By simply comparing their powers, we could not determine the winner because they’re practically on the same level. This is why we decided to use James Gunn’s movie as a reference point to state that we think that Bloodsport would win in this duel, although it would still be a very close call 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.
Peacemaker and his powers
Peacemaker, at least the first iteration of the character, is Christopher Smith, a pacifist diplomat so committed to peace that he was willing to use force as a superhero to further the cause. He first appeared in Fightin’ 5 #40 (1966), created by Joe Gill and Pat Boyette.
He uses a variety of non-lethal special weapons and also founds the Pax Institute. Most of the villains he faces are dictators and warlords. Smith later learns that his efforts for peace through violence were the result of a serious mental illness caused by the shame of having a Nazi death camp commander for his father.
He believes that the spirit of his father continually haunts him and criticizes his every move, even when he tries to live out his past. By becoming a particularly deadly vigilante who would kill at the slightest warning, he begins to believe that the ghosts of the people he killed, or who were killed in his vicinity, are gathered inside his helmet and can offer him advice and comments.
For a time, Peacemaker served as an agent of the United States government under the auspices of Checkmate, a special forces unit, who hunts down terrorists until his own behavior becomes too extreme. He finally crashes a helicopter to destroy the tanks controlled by the supervillain Eclipso and is reported dead.
His soul appears in the kingdom of Purgatory in the Day of Judgment series. A team of heroes has appeared to recruit the soul of Hal Jordan. The guardians of Purgatory don’t like this and Peacemaker, along with other dead vigilantes, rallies and provides enough distraction for the group to be able to return to Earth. Peacemaker later appears in the Watchmen sequel, Doomsday Clock, participating in the battle on Mars against Doctor Manhattan.
Peacemaker later returns as a member of the Suicide Squad, breaking into Arkham Asylum to bring in The Talon a few minutes before the Joker Incident.
Comparing the powers of Bloodsport and Peacemaker
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 report 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.
Luckily for Bloodsport, Peacemaker is, pretty much, also a regular guy. He’s something like Batman in that aspect, a character at the peak of his abilities, but not a superhuman or a metahuman. He doesn’t really have any special powers, but he is very strong, very durable, and has an array of different weapons at his disposal. He also uses a body armor, a flight pack, a communications helmet, and a variety of different, yet advanced military weapons.
From what we gather, Bloodsport and Peacemaker are almost completely identical characters, save for a different focus. While one is focused on shooting, the other is focused on physical combat. Let us see how this reflects on the winner.
Bloodsport vs Peacemaker: Who Would Win?
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. Let us continue.
A simple comparison of their powers reveals practically nothing. Bloodsport and Peacemaker are both regular humans. They are both at the peak of their abilities. They are both great mercenaries and are efficient in executing their tasks. The only differences between them are the fact that Bloodsport is a tad madder than Peacemaker (although that doesn’t really have a lot of influence on the outcome, as Peacemaker is determined to do anything for the job, even kill women and children), and their focus. Where Peacemaker focuses on physical combat and close-range weapons such as knives and axes, Bloodsport prefers arrows and bullets. But, they’re both equally effective in other forms of combat.
This is why it is practically impossible to determine the winner based solely on this, and since the two haven’t had any clashes in the comics, we really didn’t have much to go on here. It’s like comparing two tennis balls – they’re both the same. This is why we had to resort to James Gunn’s new Suicide Squad movie, which portrays a clash, albeit short, between these two characters. We used that scene to give our final verdict and you can see for yourselves how it all played out in the movie:
It was short and sweet, some would say, right? A smaller bullet victory is especially ironic because of an earlier scene between the two, but we’re not going to spoil everything – watch the movie, it’s definitely worth it!
Now, this scene reveals that Bloodsport won and we can only agree with that from where we stand. If they’re both equally strong (or powerful, whichever you prefer), then Bloodsport definitely seems to be the more intelligent of the two and a better tactician. This is, in most cases, enough in such fights and that is why James Gunn, probably, also decided on giving Bloodsport the advantage in this battle. As said, we can only agree and confirm that Bloodsport would win in this fight against Peacemaker.