as writer/director of suicide squadThe addition of Peacemaker (John Cena) to the roster was James Gunn’s choice. He didn’t know yet that he would be producing an HBO Max series starring Peacemaker. Gunn said at a Television Critics Association Zoom panel on September 22 that the producers gave him a choice of characters to spin, and he selected Peacemaker.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for The Suicide Squad.]
“Peacemaker is almost every guy I grew up with in Missouri,” Gunn said. “He is no different than a lot of people I know. He is as normal as he is terrifying at times.”
the peacekeeper plowed suicide squad Including other members of the squad with a lot of collateral damage. Gunn said he looks forward to exploring the character’s misguided heroes in more detail.
“I think it’s important for those blind spots guy to tell that story because everyone on TV is either totally good and totally perfect or they’re bad,” Gunn said. “Obviously, there are a lot of great shows that aren’t like that. But I think there’s a lot of nuance, especially in superheroes, or supervillains, or whatever you want to think about that.
On the HBO Max series, the Peacemaker meets a new team of superheroes, some of whom he is as competitive with as he was Bloodsport (Idris Elba) in the film. Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) returns to handle him and the team. The show also introduces his rejected father (Robert Partick).
“The peacekeeper has a lot of issues,” Gunn said. “I don’t sit around and say, ‘Oh, I have to make this character likeable.’ I just sit down and I try to make a character as complete as possible.”
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Gunn promised fans suicide squad That the HBO Max series would pick up where they left off. Peacemaker became a foil for anti-heroes like Bloodsport. Bloodsport and Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) finally got to fight the Peacemaker, and Flagg didn’t make it. Shantidoot talked about a big patriotic game, but he was involved in a big coverup. His TV show will be a chance for Peacemaker to have a character arc.
“However, one thing that made me want to tell Peacemaker’s story is that he has a lot to learn,” Gunn said. “At the end of suicide squadBloodsport learns a lot. He is a better person than before. A lot of the characters are so much better than the beginning, and Peacemaker has a lot to learn, and it won’t take just one season of TV to learn it. “
As it turns out in the early days of the show, Peacemaker is still the same a-hole he was in the movie. He talks about butt kids and dances in his underwear. A redemption arc will not water the peacemaker, Gunn has promised.
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“But it’s this ability to learn that he has, I believe, as a character,” Gunn said. “And it’s that ability to learn that, to me, makes her a little bit more likable. Her blind spots are, in some places, pretty terrible, and then in some places she’s just ignorant, and I think It’s also an important distinction. He’s open at the same time, sometimes, I think, but we get to see that journey. It’s very basic.”
peacemaker Coming to HBO Max in January.