When The Suicide Squad hits theaters (and HBO Max) in August, it’s not the final we’ll see of author/director James Gunn’s imaginative and prescient for this universe. As quickly as Gunn put the ending touches on his first-ever DC film, he went out and wrote a by-product TV sequence revolving round John Cena’s character Peacemaker, aptly titled Peacemaker. The present is about to debut in early 2022 on HBO Max, and our first take a look at the brand new sequence has arrived courtesy of Empire Journal.
Chatting with Empire, Gunn famous very clearly that Peacemaker isn’t a TV present a few hero. In actual fact, the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker goes as far as to say Cena’s character is “a bit of shit,” including that he’s “not a great man” and “he wears the goofiest costume you’ve ever seen in your life.”
So then why did Gunn wish to make a TV present about such a repuslvie character? Effectively, he discovered Peacemaker’s strict ethical code – and the wrestle inside – fascinating:
“Peacemaker has a transparent set of beliefs that I discover actually attention-grabbing. You recognize: ‘I need peace irrespective of what number of males, ladies and kids I have to kill to get it.’ Seems like nonsense, but it surely additionally makes a number of sense. And also you see in John’s efficiency how he doesn’t be ok with it – one thing I believed was the seed of a whole eight-episode present.”
Gunn directed 5 of the present’s eight episodes himself, so when Peacemaker arrives it’s not some second-tier offshoot of The Suicide Squad – it’s an extension of that story from the identical storyteller. The filmmaker tells Empire the HBO Max sequence includes “a giant science-fiction story” that additionally hits on actual world points, including:
“He represents part of the world populace that’s problematic to say the least, and places him in a scenario the place he has to face the alternatives he’s made all through his life and the extremity of his views.”
Whereas Gunn and Co. have been mum on whether or not Peacemaker takes place earlier than or after the occasions of The Suicide Squad in order to not spoil the destiny of Cena’s character within the film, Cena tells Empire that the present asks the query, “At what level did he change into such a douchebag and what does that imply?”, suggesting the sequence may very nicely be an origin story of kinds.
Cena isn’t the one actor reprising his Suicide Squad position from the film, as Steve Agee returns as John Economos, Jennifer Holland is again as Emilia Harcourt, and there might be just a few different surprises as nicely. New characters embody Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith and Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo.
The sequence is a part of an initiative on the a part of Warner Bros. to strategy every of its DC films with the potential for an HBO Max TV sequence part, as there’s additionally a prequel sequence within the works related to the extremely anticipated upcoming reboot The Batman.
Whereas we most likely gained’t get a trailer for Peacemaker till after The Suicide Squad hits theaters, these quotes illuminate fairly a bit by way of what we’re in retailer for right here. Particularly this isn’t your common CW superhero sequence. Prepare for one thing darkish.
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