As one of the earliest TV announcements at DC FanDome on Saturday, Peacemaker, the upcoming spinoff from The Suicide Squad will begin its run on January 13th. And as seen from this teaser for the program, Peacemaker (John Cena) may do more than kill bad guys as his past comes back to haunt him, his father (Robert Patrick) offers words of discouragement, and his new task force … well, they learn to tolerate him.
Besides Cena, the series will also feature Danielle Brooks, Chris Conrad, Jennifer Holland, Steve Agee, Chukwudi Iwuji, Alison Araya, Freddie Stroma, and Lenny Jacobson; some of whom, like Cena, reprise their roles from The Suicide Squad. Nhut Le will also appear as a re-imagined version of Peacemaker’s Charlton compatriot Judomaster. The Suicide Squad writer/director James Gunn wrote all eight episodes and directed five installments himself. Judging from the trailer above, his sensibility is on display, which makes us hope Peacemaker will grow as a character. Or, at the very least, his support team become better people. That’s a key feature of his work, after all. As it happens, during the FanDome cast panel, Gunn and various members of the team teased the possibility of Peacemaker’s character progression; even if they all declared it is spoiler territory.
During the panel, Cena said he was “more than ready” to return to Peacemaker. “The most difficult was becoming a super asshole. I’m usually a regular asshole,” he added.
Additionally, Gunn called Vigilante (Stroma) the most “odd” member of the group, which the clip above definitely supports. It’s a different sort of Adrian Chase, but we look forward to meeting him. Indeed, the show is said to be different — as much an “office place comedy” as it is a superhero show.
Peacemaker shoots his way onto HBO Max January 13th, 2022.