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How Peacemaker Gave Me Sympathy For Mr. Kill Guy

I'm going to be completely frank: I loved "The Suicide Squad," and it was my top movie of 2021, but I initially had no interest in a "Peacemaker" spin-off series. The villainous character, played by John Cena, was nearly irredeemable and a representation of everything that bothers me about America. Writer and director James Gunn has even said Peacemaker's whole deal is "toxic masculinity at its most toxic," which isn't exactly something I want to see in a character that is supposed to be sympath...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, America, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Chris, John Cena, Gunn, Leota, Christopher Smith, Auggie, Bloodsport, Adebayo, Rick Flag Joel Kinnaman, Rick Flag

Easter Eggs You May Have Missed In Peacemaker Episode 1

(This article contains SPOILERS for "Peacemaker" episode 1. Proceed with caution.)We still have a few months to go until we thaw out for spring, but it's never too early for an Easter egg hunt. Luckily, there's a new HBO Max original series based on an obscure DC Comics character to carefully comb through, courtesy of a filmmaker known for throwing references into his work left and right. So without further ado, let's take a fairly deep dive into the Easter eggs contained in the first episode of...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, Ben Affleck, Chase, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Christian Bale, Batman, James Gunn, Smith, Vigilante, Usc, Adrian, Chris, John Cena

Would Die For Eagly: An Ode To Recent Superhero Pet Sidekicks

Before returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to regale the world with the next chapter of the Guardians of the Galaxy's story, James Gunn stuck around the DC Extended Universe after "The Suicide Squad" to give us the vulgar, violent, and venerable spinoff "Peacemaker." The HBO Max series follows former WWE Champion John Cena as he reprises his role as Christopher Smith aka Peacemaker, Task Force X's resident weapons expert, black ops extraordinaire, and top tier a-hole. Some have even used ...
Tags: Television, Movies, Disney, Suicide Squad, Kevin Hart, James Gunn, Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston, Goose, NICK, Jeremy Renner, Hawkeye, John Cena, Loki, Morris, Talos

The Idea For Peacemaker's White Dragon Began On The Set Of The Suicide Squad

If you've checked out the first three episodes of the HBO Max series "Peacemaker," then you know that Peacemaker's dad Auggie (Robert Patrick) is a real jerk. His behavior makes Peacemaker (John Cena) look like a really good guy by comparison, which is part of the reason Peacemaker is so screwed up in the first place. In a press junket attended by /Film, series creator James Gunn explained that he first started exploring the character with Cena on the set of "The Suicide Squad." Fatherhood and i...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, John, James Gunn, John Cena, PAUL, Gunn, Cena, Christopher Smith, Auggie, Wolfgang Schmidt, Bloodsport, Luke McDonnell

John Cena's Tighty-Whitey Dance Scene In Peacemaker Was Filmed On Day One

The premiere of the HBO Max series "Peacemaker" features a scene that's impossible to forget, and it was also one of the first filmed. During a watch-along for the series on Twitter, writer and director James Gunn revealed that Peacemaker's tighty-whitey dance sequence towards the end of the first episode was shot on the first day of production, helping to set the tone for the rest of the remarkable and ridiculous shoot. The scene, which features Peacemaker (John Cena) really jamming out to The ...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, Idris Elba, James Gunn, John Cena, Gunn, Cena, Christopher Smith, HBO Max Read, John Economos Steve Agee

Peacemaker Is An Unconventional Love Story Between Two Characters

Believe it or not, writer and director James Gunn is kind of a sucker for love stories. Sure, his love stories involve alien tentacle monsters and murder, and they're not always romantic, but they're love stories nonetheless. Whether it's the twisted love triangle of "Slither," the loss of love driving a man to murder in "Super," or the parent-child bonds of "The Suicide Squad," Gunn is a twisted genius when it comes to understanding what tugs at our heartstrings. In the new series "Peacemaker,"...
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James Gunn Says Vigilante Is Much More Of A Sociopath Than Peacemaker

In "The Suicide Squad," John Cena's Peacemaker is a pretty irredeemable jerk. After his third-act heel turn, it's hard to imagine rooting for him. So how does the "Peacemaker" HBO Max series make viewers not only cheer for Peacemaker, but feel empathetic towards him? James Gunn, who wrote the series and directed five of the eight episodes, uses a wide variety of storytelling techniques to make Christopher Smith, aka Peacemaker, more sympathetic. One that works surprisingly well is that the story...
Tags: Television, Movies, News, James Gunn, Vigilante, Chris, Rainn Wilson, John Cena, Frank, Gunn, Freddie, Cena, Christopher Smith, Auggie, Freddie Stroma, HBO Max Read

Peacemaker's Rockin' Hair Metal Soundtrack Represents More Than Just Killer Tunes

I like my women how I like my supervillains: strong, foul-mouthed, and super into hair-metal. Fortunately, this means that I have a new favorite super anti-hero in the form of John Cena's "Peacemaker." The bloody, violent spin-off from James Gunn's "The Suicide Squad" centers on the breakout titular character, a hero-ish vigilante who strives for peace at any cost and typically to a fault. He's also a massive fan of hair metal, the greatest and most under-appreciated genre of music in history. (...
Tags: Europe, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Smith, Hanoi, John Cena, Gunn, Dee Snider, Christopher Smith, Kissin, Jovi, Mark Metcalf

Peacemaker Was Influenced By Better Call Saul And Its 'Sad-Sack' Protagonist

"Peacemaker" is finally streaming on HBO Max, having successfully spun off from director James Gunn's well-received DC hit, "The Suicide Squad," and expanding on the backstory, motivations, and emotional layers of the villain/anti-hero/diaper-wearing vigilante, Peacemaker. John Cena used every ounce of his star power to bring the complicated character to life, though not everyone agreed upon the initial announcement that the bloodthirsty, "Peace at all costs" antagonist would necessarily be the ...
Tags: Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk, Television, Movies, News, Amc, Dc, Quentin Tarantino, James Gunn, Edgar Wright, Chris, John Cena, Saul, Gunn, Walter White, MCU

John Cena The Wrestler Never Impressed Me – But I Love John Cena The Actor

I have been a fan of professional wrestling for nearly three decades. My fandom began in the early 90s when my cousin Christopher introduced me to the World Wrestling Federation. Unfortunately, he passed away in the mid-90s, so he was unable to go on the journey with me from the Federation Years to the Attitude Era, World Wrestling Entertainment, and beyond. But one thing that I did pick up from him was a distaste for Hulk Hogan. When it came to favorite wrestlers, we were firmly in the Ultimate...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Superman, Dc Comics, America, Suicide Squad, Warner Bros, James Gunn, Black Lives Matter, John Cena, David Ayer, Hogan, Christopher, Hulk Hogan

Every Song We Heard In Peacemaker Episodes 1-3

(This article contains SPOILERS for "Peacemaker" episodes 1-3. Proceed with caution.)Whether you've been a long-time fan or you just recently found his work, you know that James Gunn is a master needle-dropper. His entire filmography touts incredible soundtracks that not only crawl into your ear and get stuck in your head for days, weeks, and months, but they basically act as another character in his stories. While most filmmakers will use music to simply set the tone for a scene, Gunn can decon...
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Peacemaker Enters 'A Whole New Whirled' With Violence, Vulgarity And Heart

Writer and director James Gunn has an eclectic style of filmmaking that combines gross-out humor, vulgarity, and intense violence with heartfelt messages and deeper thematic meanings. His work is a mix of sweet and sardonic, earnest and extreme. After the R-rated romp of "The Suicide Squad," Gunn decided to take the character of Peacemaker (John Cena) a step further. The filmmaker wrote the series shortly after wrapping production on "The Suicide Squad," and it follows Peacemaker several months ...
Tags: Reviews, Hbo, Television, Viola Davis, Movies, Suicide Squad, Idris Elba, James Gunn, Smith, John Cena, Gunn, Waller, Cena, Leota, Christopher Smith, Hummel

Where Peacemaker Fits In The Suicide Squad Timeline

The HBO Max series "Peacemaker" has now debuted its first three episodes on HBO Max. The series, from the twisted mind of writer and director James Gunn, will follow John Cena's Peacemaker character, who is based on the hard-hitting vigilante from DC Comics. But when does "Peacemaker" take place, and where does it fall on "The Suicide Squad" timeline?  A new featurette from Warner Bros. catches us up on what's happened prior to "Peacemaker," and where things are headed next. Major spoilers for "...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, Suicide Squad, Warner Bros, James Gunn, Smith, John Cena, Christopher, New Black, Waller, Economos, Danielle Brooks, Christopher Smith, StarRo, Eagly

Why That Big Cameo In Peacemaker Episode 1 Is So Important

(This article contains spoilers for the first episode of "Peacemaker." Proceed with caution.)In the lead up to the premiere of James Gunn's HBO Max original series "Peacemaker," we basically got the gist of what was going on from the trailers and synopsis. Reprising his role from "The Suicide Squad," John Cena would return as the government-sanctioned assassin/murder himbo Christopher Smith, aka Peacemaker, to go on another black ops mission that involved targets called "butterflies." Jennifer H...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Viola Davis, Movies, Davis, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, John Cena, New Black, Ma Rainey, Argus, Gunn, Waller, Leota, Amanda Waller, Danielle Brooks

Why A Key Peacemaker Character Was Recast Halfway Through Filming

The streaming premiere of James Gunn's "Peacemaker" is almost upon us, and as the series approaches its HBO Max debut, details are trickling in about a major casting change that occurred behind-the-scenes and resulted in significant reshoots. "Peacemaker" is a spin-off of "The Suicide Squad" and features John Cena reprising his role as the title antihero, who goes by the name Christopher Smith in his civilian identity. Freddie Stroma, known for his performance as Cormac McLaggen in the "Harry Po...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Disney, Harry Potter, James Gunn, Marvel Studios, Vigilante, John Cena, Conrad, Gunn, Cena, Christopher Smith, Stroma, Freddie Stroma

New Peacemaker Featurette Catches You Up On The Story So Far

"Peacemaker" will premiere on HBO Max on January 13, 2021, and I am so excited! Not only because I love "The Suicide Squad" and the character played by John Cena, but because I read the review from our own Danielle Ryan. Now we have a new featurette for "Peacemaker" that is for mature audiences only. The featurette will catch you up on the story so far before we see the series in all its vulgar glory. The show comes to us, of course, from the mind of writer/director James Gunn. The featurette op...
Tags: Television, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, John Cena, Don, Cena, Christopher Smith, Harcourt, HBO Max, Peacemaker, Danielle Ryan Now, Emilia Harcourt Jennifer Holland Harcourt

Peacemaker Promo Introduces The New BFF Team Of Peacemaker & Vigilante

Christopher Smith, aka Peacemaker (John Cena), from "The Suicide Squad" was many things, but a good friend was not one of them. The tighty-whities wearing government-sanctioned assassin, who's so devoted to peace he's willing to kill most anyone to get it, bonded with the rest of Task Force X over the course of their mission to Corto Maltese in James Gunn's DCEU movie, yet didn't blink an eye about having to murder his teammates to keep the U.S. government's involvement in Project Starfish under...
Tags: Television, Movies, News, Harry Potter, Suicide Squad, Brad Anderson, James Gunn, John Cena, Gunn, Cena, Amanda Waller, Christopher Smith, Jody Hill, Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Adrian Chase

Peacemaker Trailer Breakdown: A Sadistic Superhero Seeks Self-Improvement

When we last saw Christopher Smith, aka Peacemaker (John Cena), he was in a hospital bed surrounded by armed guards after the events of "The Suicide Squad." Now he's back in action for the HBO Max series "Peacemaker," dreamed up by writer/director James Gunn during the pandemic lockdown of 2020. The official trailer for this bad boy dropped today, and there are loads of fun hints about where this wild ride might go. Let's take a look at this shotgun blast of a trailer and see what we can piece t...
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Peacemaker Trailer: Right Now, The World Needs A Son Of A B****

Everyone handles near-death experiences differently. For trained killers, that tends to lead to just more killing ... and maybe a little bit of self-reflection, too. After stealing the show in James Gunn's "The Suicide Squad" and making a surprise return from the dead in a post-credits scene, John Cena's Peacemaker is back and more violent than ever. The only things that can stop him now are, well, everyone who's currently gunning for his head, a sense of ennui, and a metric ton of daddy issues,...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Trailers, Suicide Squad, Brad Anderson, James Gunn, John Cena, Gunn, Cena, Amanda Waller, Christopher Smith, Jennifer Holland, Steve Agee, Robert Patrick Terminator

Peacemaker Clip: Peacemaker Is Totally A Better Superhero Than Aquaman

"I can't believe they're letting me shoot this," Gunn reportedly said on the set of "Peacemaker," the new show for HBO Max centered on John Cena's breakout performance in "The Suicide Squad." When James Gunn said that "Peacemaker" was going to be a "funeral for Warner Bros.," it sounds like he was talking about the type of material, as seen in the latest teaser clip released, where "Peacemaker" talks about smoking weed with the hospital janitor (Rizwan Manji of "Schitt's Creek"), and dropping a ...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, South Park, Superman, Batman, Warner Bros, James Gunn, Smith, Jason Momoa, John Cena, Creek, Gunn, Christopher Smith, Rizwan Manji

Alex Rider Season 2: Release Date, Cast, And More

(Welcome to ...And More, our no-frills, zero B.S. guide to when and where you can watch upcoming movies and shows, and everything else you could possibly stand to know.)If we're talking about worthwhile espionage shows, I could wax poetic on the topic all day long. Not enough people seem to remember that Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, and Elizabeth Debicki all starred together in an Amazon Prime series called "The Night Manager" which was a blast to watch from beginning to end. There's also "The A...
Tags: Amazon, England, Television, Movies, Britain, Army, Jack, Alex, Anthony Horowitz, Amazon Prime Video, Blanc, Cray, Sabina, Christopher Smith, Stephen Dillane, Elizabeth Debicki

Peacemaker Clip: John Cena's Pet Sidekick Has A Totally Cool, Not-At-All-Stupid Name

Thanks to the HBO Max Europe launch event, today saw a teaser for the "Game of Thrones" spin-off "House of the Dragon," a clip from "Succession" season 3, and this little doozy from the warped mind of writer/director James Gunn. It's an extended clip from the forthcoming "Peacemaker" series that plays up the title character Christopher Smith (John Cena) and his pathological devotion to his own brand of justice. Oh, and did we mention he has a pet eagle? That's right, Peacemaker has a bald eagle ...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, Vancouver, John, Brad Anderson, James Gunn, Smith, John Cena, Gunn, Emilia, Underground Railroad, Sam Wilson, Amanda Waller

First Peacemaker Footage Revealed: John Cena Reprises His The Suicide Squad Character

One of the most delightful inclusions among the now-mostly-deceased ensemble of antiheroes in James Gunn's "The Suicide Squad" was John Cena's "douchey Captain America" take on Christopher Smith, AKA Peacemaker. Now HBO Max has debuted our first look at actual footage from the upcoming "Peacemaker" series in a promo which also includes looks at other hot ticket items like "Dune" and "The Matrix Resurrections."  Peacemaker Footage Last time we saw Peacemaker, the jingoistic kill machine had but...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, America, Brian Cox, Vancouver, Brad Anderson, Will Smith, James Gunn, Smith, Keanu Reeves, Serena Williams, Larry David, Mindy Kaling, Venus

The Suicide Squad: Things Only Comic Fans Will Know About Peacemaker

The casting of professional-wrestler-turned-actor John Cena as the superhero known as Peacemaker has a number of non-comics fans suddenly curious about the character. Not only does Peacemaker steal the show in the James Gunn's "The Suicide Squad," but an HBO Max series in which Cena reprises the role has already finished filming.True to form for Gunn, whose "Guardians of the Galaxy" films made household names out of the previously obscure Marvel characters Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Star-Lord (w...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Viola Davis, Movies, White House, Alan Moore, Dc Comics, United Nations, Chase, Poland, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Geneva, Jordan, Dc, Vietnam

Peacemaker: Release Date, Cast and More

(Welcome to …And More, our no-frills, zero B.S. guide to when and where you can watch upcoming movies and shows, and everything else you could possibly stand to know.) If you thought The Suicide Squad was fun, then you’ll be happy to hear it already has a spin-off series on the way. Whether or not Peacemaker was your favorite character, you better get used to seeing his face around on HBO Max… Below is everything you need to stay updated on the upcoming DCEU series, Peacemaker. Peacemaker R...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Movies, Suicide Squad, Brad Anderson, James Gunn, John Cena, Gunn, Cena, Amanda Waller, Christopher Smith, Peter Safran, Jody Hill, Jennifer Holland, Lenny Jacobson, Adrian Chase

‘The Suicide Squad’ Sets New Record for Most Viewed Red Band Trailer in a Week

In February, the new adaptation of Mortal Kombat became the most viewed red band trailer of all time with 116 million views in a single week. But there’s already a new record holder. James Gunn‘s DC Comics sequel The Suicide Squad is now the most viewed red band trailer, delivering a crushing fatality to Mortal Kombat. James Gunn announced the record-breaking news on Friday, just before the Easter holiday weekend: I just got word #TheSuicideSquad redband trailer set a new record for most vie...
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‘The Banishing’ Trailer: Based on the True Story of England’s Most Haunted House

Dusty rooms, English accents, children’s games turned ominous, Sean Harris showing up and saying things with his creepy voice – The Banishing appears to have it all! This new Shudder horror film comes from director Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance, Triangle) and follows a family who move into an old manor only to discover the joint is haunted. And it’s “based on the true story” of England’s most haunted house. Watch The Banishing trailer below. The Banishing Trailer In The Banishing,...
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The Return of British Horror Heavyweights Neil Marshall and Christopher Smith

With new films from Marshall and Smith arriving in the coming weeks, we look back at the careers of the British genre filmmakers. Read more >>> [Author: The Movie Waffler]
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Shudder’s ‘Halfway to Halloween Month’ Brings Packed Lineup in April

Shudder’s ‘Halfway to Halloween Month’ Brings Packed Lineup in April April showers bring a packed lineup of new horror films and series to Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural, for its annual ‘Halfway to Halloween Month.’ With April marking the halfway point to Halloween, the streamer will celebrate its biggest month of programming yet with a loaded slate of Shudder original films and series, an exclusive documentary, a library of cult cl...
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New Trailer and Poster for Christopher Smith’s THE BANISHING, Starring Jessica Brown Findlay

Christopher Smith's latest horror movie comes to UK screens in March. Read more >>> [Author: The Movie Waffler]
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