A new DC series for HBO Max will come from James Gunn starring John Cena as Peacemaker, his character in The Suicide Squad. The streaming service gave the show a straight to series order for eight episodes. Given the sheer size of The Suicide Squad cast, it’s interesting that Cena and Peacemaker is the one they choose to spin-off. Along with appearing in Gunn’s film, he’s also set to take part in the next film in the Fast & Furious franchise. He’s also hosting a gameshow on TBS called Wipeout, where people attempt ridiculous physical challenges for money and/or fame. The former WWE wrestling star will join a DC movie universe featuring another former wrestler, Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam.
The most interesting detail in the announcement is that Gunn, who owes Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy 3 still, will write the entire series. He will also direct “a number” of others. It seems that Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios are content to share Gunn, for now. However, he’s deepening his involvement with Warner Bros., and they never fired him.
Peacemaker is a silver age character, created by Joe Gill and Pat Boyette for Charlton Comics. He was part of the deal Charlton made in 1983 with DC Comics, selling him, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, and most of their other original superheroes. (A bit of Watchmen history, Alan Moore originally wanted to use the Charlton characters for his story, meaning the Comedian is likely based heavily on Peacemaker.) A few characters have taken up the identity of Peacemaker, but both characters are so committed to peace they’re willing to kill those who threaten it.
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Here’s what the producers, Gunn, and Cena had to say about The Suicide Squad spin-off Peacemaker, via Deadline.com:
“’James Gunn has the unique ability to create an expansive universe while also bringing to life the soul and wit of each character. We look forward to a deep dive into the world of Peacemaker,’ said Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer for HBO and HBO Max.
“James Gunn said, ‘Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag. I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series. And of course, to be able to work again with John, Peter, and my friends at Warner Bros. is the icing on the cake.’
“John Cena added, ‘I have said before that it has been a tremendous honor and an incredible opportunity to be part of The Suicide Squad and to work with James on what is going to be a fantastic movie. I am unbelievably excited to have the chance to team up with him again for Peacemaker. We can’t wait for fans to see this.’”
The Suicide Squad, featuring Peacemaker, is set to debut in theaters on August 6, 2021, no word on when production for the spin-off series will start.
What do you think? Are you excited that they are expanding Gunn’s corner of the DCEU? Are you surprised they went with this character? Share your reactions, thoughts, and hopes for Peacemaker, the spin-off series, and The Suicide Squad.
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