One of my favorite villainous characters in the earlier seasons of Arrow was Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot, as played by Michael Rowe. He was a great foe for Oliver and an even better counterpart to Diggle as a member of the Suicide Squad. However, when the DCEU version of Suicide Squad was gearing up to hit theaters, the Arrowverse versions of most of the characters that were set to be a part of that film were written off of TV and Deadshot seemingly met his end in a massive explosion. The actor did go on to appear a few times in The CW’s DC shows afterward. We saw his Earth 2 counterpart (who was a terrible shot) in a Season 2 episode of The Flash, and early last season on Arrow, he appeared to Diggle as a hallucination, but the real Floyd Lawton never returned.
While speaking to ComicBook.com on the set of his new webseries Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe (in which he plays the titular Ninjak), Michael Rowe shared whether he thinks his character survived or not. Here’s what he said:
“I don’t think that he died in the explosion; maybe that’s just me giving the character a lot of credit. I know that he’s notoriously hard to kill, and I have my own theories as to what happened in that situation. You didn’t see a body; they just had to remove him quickly from the show because of business and there would be a lot of fun ways to bring him back….”
The actor also added:
“Me coming back to Arrow or any of those shows is always a possibility. You’re talking about a universe where they deal with time travel, there’s all kinds of flashbacks, there’s ways to bring people back to life, there’s ways to go to alternate earths like you’ve seen on The Flash. We had fancy plans for Deadshot but it wasn’t the producers or anybody involved with the show; it went way higher than that. There was just an executive decision to slow down Deadshot on TV so they could focus on Deadshot in the Suicide Squad film. I feel like we have unfinished business with it; it’s just, will they let us get back to that?”
As Rowe stated, in the comic book world, a character is never really dead unless you see a body (and even then it’s negotiable). Personally, I’ve been hoping for Deadshot’s return for a long time and I was pissed when they revealed that he was just a figment of Diggle’s imagination the last time he showed up. I’ve always found it ridiculous that we can’t have both versions of some of these characters at the same time. If we can have Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel and Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman on Supergirl and both Grant Gustin and Ezra Miller’s Flash, why can’t both Will Smith and Michael Rowe’s Deadshots co-exist?
Arrow returns for its sixth season on Thursday, October 12 at 9pm ET on The CW.