‘THE SUICIDE SQUAD’: Who is Bloodsport?
With the roster for James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad stacked with wildly disparate and relatively unknown DC Comics villains, we thought it would be great to get to know each of them in 400 words or less. Don’t get too attached after reading though, because there’s a good bet most of them won’t be around for the sequel! It’s time to meet and greet the members of Task Force X!
Bloodsport is a moniker that three mercenaries hold in DC history. The initial version, and the one we will focus on, is Robert DuBois. He made his first appearance in Superman Vol. 2 #4. After his brother went to the Vietnam War after in his place, he had a mental breakdown. Lex Luthor seizes this opportunity to tell him that Superman is an enemy and provides him with guns loaded with kryptonite bullets.
He even manages to hurt the Kryptonian while rampaging through Metropolis. It was Jimmy Olsen that stopped his rampage by getting his quadriplegic brother to talk him down. The character ends up getting killed while fleeing from Stryker’s Island Penitentiary. The prison guards end up shooting him down. His mantle was then taken over by Alexander Trent, who hated DuBois. This was mostly due to the character turning out to be a fanatical racist. Currently, an unnamed third person has continued the Bloodsport alter-ego. this version of the character has teamed up with Hellgrammite and Riot.
There have been many rumors about who Idris Elba might be playing. Early in the casting, we believed that he would be a new version of Deadshot. So, the Bloodsport reveal is a welcome surprise and a deep cut in comic history by James Gunn. It also played with our exceptions as Elba is a high-profile actor with films like Hobbs & Shaw, Star Trek Beyond, and Cats on his resume. To some degree, we expect these types of actors to play well-known characters.
Robert DuBois has appeared in various media in the past. He was included in an episode of Justice League Unlimited, where he fights Electrocutioner. There was a brief storyline where he featured in Supergirl‘s third season. However, The Suicide Squad will be the characters’ first appearance on the silver screen.
Murphy’s Multiverse Dead Pool Predictions
Predicted chances of survival: 15%
Predicted manner of death: with gun’s blazing