Based on the DC Comics character, Peacemaker is an American television series produced by James Gunn for the HBO Max streaming service.
Danielle Brooks, Jennifer Holland, Steve Agee, and Robert Patrick also star as the lead character, reprising their roles from The Suicide Squad. Gunn directed five episodes, which began filming in January 2021 in Vancouver, Canada. In July, production came to a halt. For the series’ music, Gunn chose hair metal tracks, notably Wig Wam’s “Do Ya Wanna Taste It” for the opening title. The title sequence sees the series’ characters performing a choreographed dance performance.
On January 13, 2022, the first three episodes of Peacemaker premiered on HBO Max. The series has gotten great reviews, with Cena’s performance as well as Gunn’s directing and screenplay receiving accolades. In February 2022, a second season was ordered, with Gunn writing and directing all of the episodes.
PREMISE OF THE PEACEMAKER
Christopher Smith / Peacemaker is forced to join the A.R.G.U.S. black ops group “Project Butterfly” after recovering from the injuries he sustained during the events of The Suicide Squad (2021).
They’re on a quest to track down and eradicate parasitic butterfly-like critters that have infiltrated human bodies all around the world.
MAIN THEME OF THE SHOW
Christopher Smith / Peacemaker (John Cena): A jingoistic assassin who believes in establishing peace at all costs. Peacemaker’s worst tendencies were not to be removed from the series, but Gunn attempted to explain some of them by examining Peacemaker’s relationship with his father. In The Suicide Squad (2021), after Peacemaker kills Rick Flag, Flag’s final words—”Peacemaker, what a joke”—have a huge impact on him in the series.
Danielle Brooks plays Leota Adebayo, the daughter of Amanda Waller, the leader of the A.R.G.U.S. and a Project Butterfly member. She is a co-lead with a different political viewpoint than Peacemaker, according to Gunn, and their friendship is the series’ heart because they are the only characters that like each other despite their disparities in personalities and backgrounds. Both characters are defined by their parents, according to Gunn. Adebayo is a Gunn-created character, and her first name is derived from his mother.
Adrian Chase / Vigilante (Freddie Stroma): A self-proclaimed crimefighter who looks up to Peacemaker as an elder brother. Unlike his portrayal as a superhero in comic books, Peacemaker’s Vigilante is a bumbling sociopath who is eager to kill any lawbreaker, no matter how serious their crime. Gunn imagined a real-life vigilante as “a man who dresses up in a suit and goes around killing people he claims are doing something wrong… he’s a sociopath, but he’s got this sort of lovely quality to him.”
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SERIES
During a COVID-19 lockdown in August 2020, while working on The Suicide Squad (2021), writer and director James Gunn began writing a spin-off television series centred on the origins of Peacemaker. Gunn said he did this “mostly for fun” and mentioned the idea to The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran as something he’d like to pursue. When DC Films later approached Safran about developing a Suicide Squad spin-off series, he knew Gunn would say yes to a Peacemaker series. There were initial conversations regarding which platform the series should be released on, with HBO and HBO Max being two alternatives.
Despite the fact that the series was eventually picked up by HBO Max, which Gunn believes was because it was a new streaming service in need of content and was prepared to offer Gunn the budget he desired for the show. Later, DC Films president Walter Hamada said that the company was working with the creators of all of its upcoming films to develop interconnected spin-off television shows based on those films for HBO Max. In August 2020, work on The Suicide Squad (2021) will begin.
RELEASE DATE OF THE SHOW
The first three episodes of Peacemaker premiered on HBO Max on January 13, 2022. The first season’s remaining five episodes were released weekly till February 17th.
RATING AND REVIEW OF THE PEACEMAKER
Based on 75 reviews, the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes recorded a 95 percent approval rating with an average rating of 7.7/10. “John Cena is still in fine form as Peacemaker,” says the website’s critical consensus, “leading a bloody good time that gives writer-director James Gunn full permission to let his freak flag fly.” Based on reviews from 24 critics, Metacritic gave it a weighted average score of 69 out of 100, indicating “generally good reviews.”
TRAILER OF THE SERIES
“The three-episode opener offers a humorous critique of vigilantism,” IGN said of the first three episodes, praising the cast’s performances and humour. With mixed results but a winning lead performance, the Suicide Squad character gets his own HBO Max series.”