Will Smith Open To Returning As Deadshot, Gives Reason For Not Joining ‘The Suicide Squad’

Watching James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, it’s clear that at some point Will Smith’s Deadshot was meant to be there. The storyline given to Idris Elba’s Bloodsport is basically the same as Deadshot’s: same father/daughter dynamic, same abilities, same attitude. So why didn’t Smith just return himself when others from the previous film did? At least according to him in an interview with GQ, it was all down to scheduling. Not only that, but he’d be willing to come back…

“Yeah, I was working, and they were ready to shoot,” said Smith. “It was a timing issue.”

Smith continued in a way that suggests he doesn’t even know how The Suicide Squad turned out…

“The left Deadshot out [of ‘The Suicide Squad’], right? So Idris [Elba] is playing a different character or is he playing Deadshot? A different character? Alright, cool, so I can come back.”

How cool would a Deadshot vs. Bloodsport matchup be? I’d be down for that, and something tells me Warner Bros. would be, too. I think the more likely avenue is for Smith to do a Deadshot series on HBO Max. Would you like to see that?

Smith will be seen next in King Richard, a major awards season drama opening on November 19th.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.