Cena Stars in Suicide Squad Spinoff
John Cena is getting a DC Comics spinoff show on HBO Max. The wrestling star will reprise his role as Peacemaker for the series after first appearing in 2021’s The Suicide Squad. James Gunn, who directs the upcoming film, will write the entire series and helm most of the episodes. Warner Brothers ordered the series straight-to-series. Gunn will showrun the series before returning to Marvel and the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. This comes on the heels of The Suicide Squad‘s positive response at DC FanDome. Production is set to begin in early 2021. Cena, Gunn, and Peter Safran will executive produce.
“Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag,” Gunn said in a press release to Variety. “I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series. And of course, to be able to work again with John, Peter, and my friends at Warner Bros. is the icing on the cake.”
“I have said before that it has been a tremendous honor and an incredible opportunity to be part of The Suicide Squad and to work with James on what is going to be a fantastic movie,” Cena said. “I am unbelievably excited to have the chance to team up with him again for Peacemaker. We can’t wait for fans to see this.”
We do not know yet whether this will be a sequel or prequel to the films. This will be the second HBO Max spinoff of a DC film. Matt Reeve’s Batman film will have one as well.
Peace in Our Time, at Any Cost
Peacemaker originally was a Charlton Comics creation. First appearing in Fightin’ 5, the character was a man intent on achieving peace, by any means. This often included a lot of violence and death, par for the course for Charleton characters. Peacemaker, aka Christopher Smith, was a pacifist diplomat who ran the Pax Institute. The son of a Nazi death camp commandant, Peacemaker often used violence in his attempt to bring peace. This often ran against the principles he preached. The character last noticeably appeared in The Multiversity #4, as part of Grant Morrison’s Watchmen-esque take on the Charlton superhero characters, owned by DC since 1983.
The Suicide Squad premieres August 6th, 2021. The studio has yet to reveal Peacemaker’s release date.