Last August, the director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy released The Suicide Squad reboot/follow-up to David Ayer’s 2016 original movie. The movie mixed some of the already known characters, like Harley Quinn and Rick Flag, with new ones that Gunn decided to bring into DCEU. One of those new characters is Christopher Smith, also known as Peacemaker, played by widely known professional wrestler John Cena. Peacemaker is a twisted character who believes in achieving peace and doesn’t care who he needs to kill to achieve it. It’s said that heroes make the best villains, but this time, it’s the other way around.
Cena debuted as this twisted character in Gunn’s movie, and shortly after finishing the production of the movie, Gunn started writing the spin-off series which was picked up by HBOMax. Although Peacemaker was presumably killed by Idris Elba’s Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad, the post-credit scene revealed that Peacemaker survived and that he’s needed for another mission. Gunn confirmed that this spin-off series is set after the events of The Suicide Squad, although it will also explain to us the origin story of Cena’s titular character.
Check the second official trailer here:
“Peacemaker is a live action series that follows Christopher Smith AKA Peacemaker, an extremist murderer who believes he’s on a quest for peace, killing anyone and everyone to achieve his ultimate goal.” — Peacemaker, synopsis
James Gunn wrote all eight episodes of the series and directed five of them. The series is also starring Steve Agee, Danielle Brooks, Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland, Freddie Stroma, and Chukwudi Iwuji.
Peacemaker will debut on HBOMax on January 13 with first three episodes.