HBO Max is wasting no time when it comes to fresh content, the new streaming service has just announced that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is getting a straight-to-series order for a spin-off focusing on John Cena’s Peacemaker.
Cena will reprise his role for the series, with director Gunn penning all eight episodes along with directing a few of them. The series is a prequel and will explore the origins of Peacemaker, a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.
Production is set to being early 2021 (COVID permitting) before Gunn goes off to helm Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
“Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag. 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.” – James Gunn
I'm over-the-moon excited to be working on #PEACEMAKER with my pals @JohnCena & #TheSuicideSquad producer Peter Safran on this new @hbomax original series from @warnerbrostv @DCComics pic.twitter.com/EsAkOVXB44
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 23, 2020
“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. 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.” – John Cena
Working alongside @JamesGunn on #SuicideSquad was an absolute masterclass in how to best bring beloved characters to life in a new and fun way. I cannot wait for the #DCUniverse to experience more of absurdity that is the Peacemaker in this new project on @hbomax!!! pic.twitter.com/PZ9dOa7Dzj
— John Cena (@JohnCena) September 23, 2020
Warners must feel really confident in Gunn’s new film to announce a series this early. This took me by suprise if anything, I expected there to be more DC Comics content on HBO Max, just not a Peacemaker series. If anything a Black Canary series would have been my first thought. But hey, the more DC the better in my eyes. I’m happy for Cena, he’s started to grow on me over the last few years, particularly with his performance in Blockers, he’s comedy timing is great and he got to do something outside of action.
Source | WarnerMedia
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