The Robert DuBois version of Bloodsport made his live-action television debut in Supergirl, portrayed by David St. Louis, while the character will make his cinematic debut in James Gunn's DC Extended Universe film The Suicide Squad (2021), portrayed by Idris Elba.
Fictional character biographies
|First appearance||Superman vol. 2, #4 (April 1987)|
|Created by||John Byrne|
|Alter ego||Robert DuBois|
|Team affiliations||(DuBois) Suicide Squad |
(Trent) Aryan Brotherhood
|Abilities||Access to high tech weaponry in a warehouse by using a teleportation device.|
First appearing in Superman Vol. 2 #4 (April 1987), an African-American man named Robert DuBois has a mental breakdown and becomes obsessed with the Vietnam War after learning that his brother, Michael aka "Micky", had gone to fight in his place after he became scared, which caused Michael to become a quadruple amputee.
DuBois adopts the name Bloodsport, rampaging through Metropolis, murdering many in the name of him and his brother, and later injures Superman with the kryptonite bullets before collapsing when confronted by his brother. He is taken back to a psychiatric hospital.
Bloodsport was killed during a fight with Alex Trent, the second Bloodsport.
First appearing in The Adventures of Superman #506, Alex Trent is a fanatical racist, a member of the white supremacist group that Perry White and Franklin Stern encountered when they were younger. He adopts the name Bloodsport, ironically used previously by an African American. He also has a similar teleporter grafted into his body, which he can likewise use to summon weapons. He is captured by Superman after Ron Troupe destroys the warehouse from which he was teleporting his weapons.
Some time later, in an effort to provide an outlet for rising tensions at Stryker's Island Prison, a boxing match between the two Bloodsports is organized. Trent is able to activate his teleporter and bring in weaponry. In the resulting confusion, DuBois is killed while trying to escape. Trent is later burned in his prison cell by the Brotherhood for showing weakness in front of DuBois.
The teleporter technology has since been used by the anti-corporate vigilante Demolitia.
In other media
- The Robert DuBois version of Bloodsport appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Cat and the Canary". He appears at Roulette's Meta-Brawl fighting Electrocutioner. He later appears as a member of the Secret Society, but is killed off-screen during the series finale.
- The Robert DuBois version of Bloodsport appears in the Supergirl season three episode, "Girl of Steel", portrayed by David St. Louis. This incarnation is originally part of the military until he was caught stealing weaponry and became a mercenary and terrorist. DuBois is hired by Morgan Edge to attack the Girl of Steel statue unveiling and destroy the area surrounding it so the latter can use the area instead. However, Supergirl notices the attack while DuBois is underwater and raises the ship to foil the mercenary's plans.
- The Alexander Trent version of Bloodsport appears in the DC Universe Original Movie Justice League vs. the Fatal Five, voiced by Tom Kenny. This incarnation is depicted as a deranged conspiracy theorist rather than a white supremacist. He holds a newsroom hostage until Miss Martian and Batman arrest him.
- The Robert DuBois version of Bloodsport will appear in the upcoming 2021 film The Suicide Squad, portrayed by Idris Elba. This depiction is a convicted felon serving time in prison for shooting Superman with a kryptonite bullet.
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