Does Gotham Really Exist in Peacemaker (& Is Batman a Part of the Show?)
James Gunn’s Peacemaker show keeps surprising us with its twists and turns in each episode, and this time, a larger DCEU reference has finally appeared and has shocked unsuspecting fans. In the most recent episode of Gunn’s The Suicide Squad spin-off series, we see two characters mention tha name – Gotham City. Now, Gotham City is an integral part of the DC Comics mythos, as well as Batman’s home ground. In this article, we are going to tell you whether Gotham really exists in the Peacemaker series, as well as whether we are going to see Batman in the show.
Since the Peacemaker TV series is part of the DCEU, like Gunn’s The Suicide Squad movie, Gotham City definitely exists in the world of Peacemaker, as the two share a universe, which has already been established thanks to Ben Affleck’s Batman. On the other hand, the chances of Batman actually appearing in the show are slim to none.
In this article, we are going to give you all the information we know about the connection between the DCEU and the Peacemaker TV series or, more precisely, how the show actually connects to Batman and his lore. We’re going to use the information we have on the DCEU, as well as the information provided in the Peacemaker series to compose a story that will explain everything you need to know.
Is Gotham a part of the Peacemaker TV show?
Peacemaker has established its own narrative continuity and while the show definitely is a spin-off sequel to The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker’s story is different than anything we’ve seen in the DCEU so far. Having said all of this, the Peacemaker shos still is part of the DCEU and shares a larger narrative continuity with DC’s cinematic projects. This means that the Peacemaker is set in the same universe as The Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the other movies that comprise the DCEU. So, what does this mean for Gotham City?
Well, if you’re a fan of the DCEU, you know that Gotham has been established as part of the DCEU narrative. It has been featured in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it had a substantial role in both versions of the Justice League, it was featured in Suicide Squad (Ayer’s version), and we shall also see it in the upcoming Flash movie. Now, we know that The Suicide Squad, James Gunn’s standalone sequel, is part of the DCEU, which was evidenced by a number of shared characters with Ayer’s movie, which was also part of the DCEU canon.
We also know that the Peacemaker show is an official spin-off sequel to The Suicide Squad focusing on one of its characters. This, in turn, means that the Peacemaker TV show is, indeed, part of the DCEU and that it is set in the same continuity as all of the movies we’ve listed above. Conclusion? Gotham City does, indeed, exist in the Peacemaker television series and the reference made by the two characters in the show’s most recent episode actually does refer to DCEU’s Gotham.
This is the same Gotham we’ve seen in several movies so far. This is the Gotham City of Ben Affleck’s Batman, the Gotham City in which J.K. Simmons plays James Gordon, the Gotham City in which Batman faced off against Jared Leto’s Joker, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, and Will Smith’s Deadshot, among others. This isn’t going to be a Gotham City we’ll be seeing a lot in the future, since the DCEU is heading in a different direction with the Batman mythos, but it is a Gotham City we’ve seen and a Gotham City that certainly exists.
Is Batman in the same continuity as Peacemaker?
Well, since the Peacemaker show is based on a DC Comics character and is, in every aspect, a part of the larger DC Universe, a version of Batman definitely does exist in the show. This, of course, refers to a much larger scope of the show’s narrative and it doesn’t have any direct implications on the plot; we don’t think it will even in the future, but more on that later.
With the establishment of the Multiverse after Crisis on Infinite Worlds, comic book readers were faced with the possibility of multiple Batmen existing simultaneously, each in their own respective universes. This certainly reaffirms the fact that a version of Batman does exist in the Peacemaker TV show, and that is, as we have said, the same Batman that has appeared in previous DCEU movies so far.
In case it’s not clear by now, the Batman we are talking about is Ben Affleck’s version of the Dark Knight, which has appeared in several DCEU movies so far, with the upcoming Flash movie being the last time we’re going to see that version on the screens.
Are we going to see Batman in Peacemaker?
Well, while there is a theoretical chance of that happening, we are going to go with a negative answer here. We have several reasons why we’re almost sure that Batman is not going to appear in the Peacemaker show, even if just in a cameo capacity.
First of all, the narrative of Peacemaker is completely unrelated to Batman and his mythos. It was the same with Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which capitalized on what had been done in terms of world-building but distanced itself from its predecessor. Peacemaker goes even further to distance itself from previous narratives, opting to be a standalone story focused on the titular character, rather than a world-building narrative in service of the DCEU. It just wouldn’t make any sense for Batman to appear in this series, despite the in-universe references.
Secondly, Ben Affleck has stated numerous times that his appearance in the upcoming Flash movie would be his last outing as Batman. Now, while there is a slim chance that Affleck had filmed a scene for the Peacemaker show before wrapping up production on the Flash, we don’t think that’s likely. Ben Affleck has had his ups and downs with the role, and while his interpretation of the “Milleresque” Batman from The Dark Knight Returns received praise, the movies in which he appeared had a very lukewarm reception by many fans and critics.
And, after the failed realization of his solo Batman movie and him being replaced with Robert Pattinson in Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman solo film, Affleck ultimately decided to retire from the role. This is why we really doubt that he would reprise his role for this show; a cameo wouldn’t make much sense from this point of view.
Lastly, the DCEU has distanced itself from Ben Affleck’s Batman, replacing him with Robert Pattinson and heading in a wholly different direction with the Batman mythos. And while we might discuss whether that’s fair or not, it is what it is and there’s no changing that. Giving Affleck a return in this show (since Pattinson’s Batman is not in the same continuity as Affleck’s) wouldn’t make sense from any point of view, and it would mean that DC is lingering on to a character that they had already written off, which would confuse fans even further.
This is why we are almost certain that Batman won’t be making an appearance in the Peacemaker television series.