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WATCH: Will Smith really seems to want to return to the DCEU as Deadshot

September 29th, 2021 by Marc Comments

You may recall a while ago we reported that Will Smith, although asked to, couldn’t return for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad as Deadshot due to scheduling.

And producer Peter Safran pointed out that Deadshot – not Elba’s Bloodsport – was, indeed, set to lead the team again.

“We discussed it,” he says when asked about Smith returning. “But it was… I think the ‘Will’ of it all was really more of a schedule thing than anything else. We knew we had to start shooting in September because, frankly, we knew probably earlier than other people did that James was going to come back and do Guardians. So it was really important that we started shooting when we started shooting, and Will wasn’t available. That kind of made it easier all around: what are you going to do? He’s not available. So it’s also nice to, frankly, help separate it from the first movie, I think, in a greater fashion.”

In the new movie, Elba’s Bloodsport if the leader of the team… was that meant to be Deadshot originally? “It could have been,” Safran replied, “It was certainly a discussion.”

However, Smith himself has now confirmed in a GQ Q&A, below, that, yes, it was because of scheduling that he couldn’t appear and ponders: “They left Deadshot out, right?” before asking: “So Idris [Elba] is playing… a different character?”

After confirmation of this, he says: “Alright, cool, so I can come back!”

Smith has said in the past he loved playing Deadshot and being part of the DCEU and it seems pretty genuine here that he wants to return.

So, hopefully, at some point in the future, be it on the big or small screen, we will maybe see Deadshot back in action. Now, that would be a lot of fun.

Thoughts on this?

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….