The Suicide Squad is a very diverse and unique group in the history of DC Comics. Not only are they completely unique, they’re also completely mad. The group has entertained a varied roster over the years, and today, we have decided to compare two of them. One of them is the lesser-known Peacemaker, while the other is one of Batman’s better-known enemies, Deadshot. Who would win in a fight between the two? Let us see!
While Peacemaker might be a very powerful character that has had his fair share of good fights, he wouldn’t stand a chance against Deadshot. Floyd Lawton is too good of a shot and too experienced of a fighter to really have problems with Peacemaker, who has lost to much weaker characters than Deadshot.
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.
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.
Deadshot 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 Peacemaker 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.
When powers are concerned, Peacemaker is, pretty much, 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 body armor, a flight pack, a communications helmet, and a variety of different, yet advanced military weapons.
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.
Deadshot and Peacemaker are two very similar, save for a different focus. While one is focused on shooting, the other is focused on physical combat. Still, the difference between them seems to be quite large and quite obvious, which is certainly relevant for our article. Let us see how these facts reflect on the winner.
Peacemaker vs Deadshot: 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.
To be honest, this comparison doesn’t seem like an overly difficult one. Certainly, Peacemaker and Deadshot are two very similar characters and you’d think that would pose a problem comparison-wise, but if you give the whole situation a more detailed look, their powers and abilities show us that Peacemaker wouldn’t really stand a chance against Deadshot in direct combat.
As for Deadshot, we know that is the best shot among the villains and although Peacemaker also has great shooting skills, he’s not nearly as proficient as Lawton, despite being an efficient mercenary. But Lawton can do amazing things with his bullets, that much is known (just look into any Batman story), while Peacemaker is known for being a good shooter and nothing more, really; also, while Lawton as “peace-loving” as Peacemaker, he is very focused on his tasks and will execute them flawlessly.
Another thing where Deadshot is superior, although this might not be that obvious from the start, are his fighting skills. Namely, Peacemaker is known as a great and powerful fighter, but he was a diplomat and has not had such extensive (martial arts) training as Deadshot. It is a fact that Lawton has been trained in a variety of different martial arts, including knife-wielding techniques, which makes him an extremely dangerous combatant in hand-to-hand combat. Peacemaker is might not be far from that level, but he is still inferior to Deadshot.
When all of these facts are combined together, we get the inevitable conclusion that Deadshot would win in a one-on-one fight against Peacemaker. While the two of them are similar up to one point, the fact is that Deadshot is both more skilled and more experienced than Peacemaker in all forms of combat. He would use that experience to his advantage, and he would also use the fact that he has more training than Smith. Without a shred of doubt, Deadshot is the winner here.