Who Is Bloodsport? A Look At The Suicide Squad Characters
Now that The Suicide Squad trailer has dropped, fans everywhere are hoping to learn more about some of the new characters that were introduced. We’re here to help! I’m continuing my series of posts looking at each of the new characters in The Suicide Squad and in today’s post I’m going to investigate: who is Bloodsport?
Who Is Bloodsport And What Are His Powers?
Bloodsport (alias: Robert DuBois) was first introduced in 1987’s Superman #4, where he was introduced as a sadistic supervillain that was hired by Lex Luthor to kill Superman.
He is incredibly strong and more durable than the average human (hence why he actually had a chance at killing Superman). He’s an excellent hand-to-hand combatant and has very fast reflexes, which he uses to his advantage when fighting. He’s also ambitextrous, which enables him to use a variety of firearms with a speed and accuracy that most can only dream of. He also possesses a device that enables him to teleport high-tech weaponry from any distance in an instant, something that he obtained from the LexCorp research projects.
The Beginnings Of Bloodsport
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The original Bloodsport was created by writer and artist John Byrne and Karl Kesel as an antagonist for Superman. He was drafted to the Vietnam War, but evaded the draft by escaping to Canada; however, he becomes obsessed with the war after having a mental breakdown and learning that his brother was drafted in his stead.
The second incarnation of the supervillain was created by Kesel and artists Barry Kitson and Ray McCarthy. His alias was Alexander Trent and he made his first appearance in the Adventures of Superman #507 (December 1993). He was a fanatical white supremacist and adopted the name Bloodsport ironically since the original Bloodsport was a Black man. He has a teleporter grafted into his body, which he uses to summon his weapons.
The third incarnation was created by writers Kurt Busiek and Geoff Johns, and artist Pete Woods. He was called Bloodsport III and made his first appearance in Superman #652 (July 2006). There was also a female version of Bloodsport called Demolitia, who used Bloodsport’s technology for vengeance.
The Suicide Squad debuts in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6, 2021.
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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane.