Peacemaker showrunner James Gunn has shared key details about the John Cena series now that The Suicide Squad is out.
James Gunn isn’t done with the DC Extended Universe just yet. Following a positive experience working with DC and Warner Bros. over The Suicide Squad, Gunn quickly began work on an HBO Max series focusing on John Cena’s Peacemaker. Set to debut early next year, Peacemaker will feature eight episodes and will have five written and directed by Gunn himself.
In a chat with Variety, James Gunn revealed that the John Cena-led series will focus on the character’s past, which was teased in The Suicide Squad.
“Well, through the story, you learn where Peacemaker came from. There’s a moment in the movie where Bloodsport talks about his father and what his father was like, and you cut to a shot of Peacemaker, and Peacemaker nods. That’s the seed of the entire ‘Peacemaker’ series.”
“So we get to see Peacemaker with his father, who’s played by Robert Patrick, where he came from, what he’s done, what that means to him, and where he’s going after all of this. Because he’s not an evil person, he’s just a bad guy. He seems sort of irredeemable in the film. But I think that there’s more to him. We didn’t get a chance to know him [in ‘The Suicide Squad’] in the way we get to know some of the other characters. And so that’s what the whole show is about.”
James Gunn then went on to discuss how the Peacemaker series won’t necessarily try to redeem or justify the rather heinous actions the character committed in The Suicide Squad.
“Peacemaker feels like he’s on the outside. So that moment in [the bar] La Gatita Amable, when he’s dancing with [the team], and they’re becoming connected to each other for the first time — that is an unusual feeling for him. And then when he goes with his ideals over that sense of connection he’s making that choice over his own emotions. The show is about that.”
The Suicide Squad did a great job of introducing the John Cena character so it’ll be great to see the character return in his own series. Hopefully, we get to know more about the character, as well as the reason why he wears a toilet seat for a helmet.
Here is the synopsis for The Suicide Squad:
Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission, with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Flula Borg, Mayling Ng, Tinashe Kajese, Steve Agee, Jennifer Holland, Alice Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Joaquin Cosio, Storm Reid and Taika Waititi.
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