Michael Rowe wants to make a return as Deadshot in the Arrowverse now that Will Smith appears to be done playing the character on the big screen.
Deadshot was one of the more familiar villains Green Arrow faced off against in the show’s first season. Michael Rowe’s Floyd Lawton would return several times as an A.R.G.U.S. agent and a member of the Suicide Squad before his apparent death in Arrow season three. While there were plans for a Suicide Squad spin-off series, they were quickly pushed aside for David Ayer’s film.
Will Smith isn’t returning as Deadshot for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which means the character could make a return to the Arrowverse. While speaking with ComicBook.com, Michael Rowe talked about whether he has thought about a possible return as Deadshot:
“I think you’d drive yourself crazy if you always try to connect those dots and hang on to those hopes that something might happen because this would cause a chain reaction. There’s just no way of knowing the conversations that happen behind the scenes with these ginormous production companies, and people making all those decisions in those offices.”
Michael Rowe also talked about how Suicide Squad affected his role on Arrow and his brief return in season five:
“It certainly popped into my mind when I saw that they were going to do Suicide Squad, I was like, ‘uh-oh, I’m definitely in trouble.’ Then I got the call. Yep, definitely. Okay. That happened as planned. Then I saw the movie and it was what it was. It didn’t get great reviews. I’m sure they had like a massive budget and I’m sure they had to go to great lengths to get those big name stars to sign on again. So I was just in limbo again. I think I even might’ve popped up somewhere as like a flashback. It was with David Ramsey in season five or something like that. And the way it was put to me is, ‘we just had to ask for permission and they gave us the green light on putting you in one episode, but we couldn’t show that maybe you might have survived the explosion.’ So it was just like a few minutes of Diggle’s imagination while he was in prison. But anything is possible in these shows. You can always come back.”
With Will Smith seemingly done with the role, Michael Rowe expressed his desire to return as Deadshot in some capacity since they had a lot of plans for him:
“The fact that Will Smith doesn’t seem to be doing anymore, it might be a greater chance of coming back, but honestly, I have no idea. I haven’t been in those conversations, so I don’t really know what goes on. If they wanted to do it and I was free, I’d love to do it. I love playing that character. And I know we had fancy plans for him, but we never got to them, so it feels like unfinished business. I’m sure the producers would tell you the same thing. Art and business is a tricky relationship, so I try not to think about it too much. If I got the call, I’d give it my all and I’d be there, and yeah, I’d love to strap on the eye patch again.”
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Here is the official synopsis for the series finale of Arrow:
STEPHEN AMELL SIGNS OFF AS THE GREEN ARROW; EMILY BETT RICKARDS RETURNS FOR THE SERIES FINALE OF “ARROW” – After eight seasons, and the launch of countless superheroes, the series wraps up the story of the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell). Emily Bett Rickards returns as Felicity. James Bamford directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Beth Schwartz (#810). Original airdate 1/28/2020.
Arrow stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, Katherine McNamara, Ben Lewis, Joseph David-Jones, LaMonica Garrett, and Katie Cassidy.
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