Who Is Peacemaker? 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 Peacemaker?
Who Is Peacemaker And What Are His Powers?
Peacemaker (alias: Christopher Smith) was first introduced in the Charlton Comics’s The Fightin’ 5 #40 in 1966. He is a fanatical pacifist and believes in peace so strongly that he’s willing to use force and violence to make it happen. Hypocritical, yes, but we later learn that his methods are the result of a serious mental illness brought on by the shame of having a father who was a Nazi death camp commandant.
Peacemaker is skilled in using a variety of non-lethal weapons and he often is guided by the “voices” in his helmet, which he believes are the ghosts of people he has killed. He claims that they offer his advice and commentary. In a featurette, John Cena (who will portray Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad), calls his character a “douchy Captain America.” While Peacemaker doesn’t have superpowers, he does have some cool equipment, namely body armor that’s highly flexible and bulletproof; a bulletproof helmet that can produce a sonic burst that creates temporary deafness; and a jetpack.
The Beginnings Of Peacemaker
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Peacemaker was originally created by writer Joe Gill and artist Pat Boyette for Charlton Comics in the 1960s. His alias, Christopher Smith, worked as a spy who went around promoting world peace by sneaking into various countries to fight warlords and dictators. After The Fightin’ 5 #40 Peacemaker got his own five issue series, but it flopped; in the 1980s, DC bought Charlton Comics and tried to revive the Peacemaker character. Instead of having him be a peace lover for peace’s sake, they turned it into a mental illness driven by his aforementioned Nazi father.
In the 1990s, another version of Peacemaker appeared in Living Assault Weapons #1. This character was named Mitchell Black and donned a similar costume as Christopher Smith. Instead of being haunted by dad issues, Black was a disgraced former doctor who was stripped of his license after accidentally killing a patient. Later, because comic book timelines ALWAYS bring people back, we see Christopher Smith’s Peacemaker in the 2000s in the Blue Beetle series.
There’s also a third Peacemaker who was introduced in 1994’s Justice League International #65 and Justice League America #90, but no one really knows who he is because he doesn’t appear to be Smith or Black.
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.