Deadshot unveiled as Batman: Arkham City villain

Rocksteady has revealed the existence of DC Comics' infamous mercenary Deadshot in Batman: Arkham City. The classic character, who has been part of Batman lore for over sixty years, will join the game's villainous roster as a gun-for-hire hellbent on eliminating The Dark Knight so he can continue killing his Gotham City targets without interruption.

Deadshot's inclusion in Rocksteady's sequel was revealed by game director Sefton Hill on Game Trailers TV, and later confirmed on Twitter by show host Jeff Keighley.

Deadshot (real name: Floyd Lawton) is the brain child of Batman creator Bob Kane and fellow comic book writers David Vern Reed and Lew Sayre Schwartz. The character first appeared in Batman #59 in 1950 as self-professed crime-fighter who's less-than-selfless motives were revealed when he made a play to replace Batman as Gotham's hero. Since then Deadshot has allied himself with a number of Gotham's seedier characters, and become one of the most deadly assassins in the Batman universe.

“[Deadshot] is after some very specific people inside Arkham City, and Batman's obviously trying to stop him,” said Hill, hinting at Deadshot's role in Arkham City's, adding, “When someone gets in Deadshot's way, you know, there's an inevitable showdown.”

Batman: Arkham City swoops in for PS3, Xbox 360, PC on October 18th in North America, and October 21st in the UK.

Sep 16, 2011


  • g4m3rk1dd - September 17, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    i still think that Prometheus deserves to be in this...arkham city is damn near built FOR him...
  • Yeager1122 - September 16, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    Damn theres a lot of villans there fitting in here wonder how they all do fit in though.
  • MattoMcFly - September 16, 2011 6:45 p.m.

    Dang - my bad on the Deadpool/Deadshot switch. I must have had my spellchecker set on Marvel. As for it being a spoiler, I'd argue an announcement made on a high profile gaming program, and later tweeted to gaming media, is more of an announcement than leak. If you think Rocksteady is giving too much away, that's another issue altogether.
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  • Sleuth - September 16, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Wow, Lawton is an awesome character in DC. Thanks Rocksteady!
  • TriforcePlayer - September 16, 2011 1:34 p.m.

  • codystovall - September 16, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Makes me wonder how many more villains will be in it which makes me wonder when clayface and manbat will be announced.
  • codystovall - September 16, 2011 1:23 p.m.

    I will literally s**t my brain if they are. As many from tas.
  • flabslapper - September 16, 2011 1:03 p.m.

    Matt Bradford have you ever heard of the word 'spoiler'? As hard as it's been to try to shield myself from any information so that I could be, I don't know, SURPRISED by something in this game (considering that they've released everything besides the goddamn plot) you're not making things any easier for me by posting the character on the front page of GamesRadar In the future could you PLEASE make like a spoiler image with the title 'New Character Revealed' instead just plastering it all over the front page?
  • AngryScotsman - September 16, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    Totally agree. I hate to have things spoiled and I feel like a I know way too much already about this game. I was just as irritated when they spoiled the identity of the thing that the Penguin has under the Iceberg Lounge in a headline.
  • flabslapper - September 16, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    Me too! How much of an 'OH SH1T!' moment would that have been if it wasn't spoiled for us? But nooooooooo they had to put it RIGHT IN THE GODDAMN HEADLINE!!
  • SDHoneymonster - September 16, 2011 12:32 p.m.

    Can't help but feel that with everything that keeps getting announced about this game, it's in danger of becoming bloated; they seem to be over-egging it a bit. Still, I'd prefer a game to show ambition than just retread old ground, so I'll wait until I play it to judge!
  • Sjoeki - September 16, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    How big is this game going to be? I'm excited but I'm starting to get the feeling that I'm going to be calling in sick a lot!
  • Personamanxx - September 16, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    No, no, no Gamesradar. Deadpool was created as a Parody of Teen Titans villain Slade Wilson AKA Deathstroke. Not The Batman villain Deadshot. I wanted Catman before Deadshot...
  • Batman - September 16, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Yeah I know right,was gonna mention something about that as well buy you beat me to it.
  • Batman - September 16, 2011 11:31 a.m.

  • Evanesco - September 16, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    "Since then Deadpool has allied himself with a number of Gotham's seedier characters, and become one of the most deadly assassins in the Batman universe." Come again? Deadpool? Are you TRYING to start a flame war?
  • JoeMulvihill1 - September 16, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    looool, hadn't noticed that. never heard of him which i guess is a good thing because now i can find out more about hi through this soon t be amazing game.
  • Jewjitsu24 - September 16, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Haha damn I was just about to post that too.

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