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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

5 Marvel Characters We'd Love To See Matthew McConaughey Play

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has plenty of Academy Award-winning actors on their payroll — from Angelina Jolie (Thena) to Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), among others. The film franchise continually grows and brings new comic book characters to life each time. Recently, joining a comic book film universe has been somewhat controversial. But it shouldn't be. From Timothée Chalamet to Emily Blunt, many A-list actors have shared their aversion tow...
Tags: Jessica Chastain, Hollywood, Movies, Matthew Mcconaughey, Marvel, Disney, Thor, James Gunn, Avengers, Keanu Reeves, Emily Blunt, Tatiana Maslany, Marvel Studios, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Hulk

Peacemaker Learns Some Tough Lessons On 'The Choad Less Traveled'

The first three episodes of "Peacemaker" are pure James Gunn-flavored goodness, following Christopher "Peacemaker" Smith (John Cena) as he tries to reconcile his demented worldview with his burgeoning sense of empathy. In the first episode not directed by Gunn, the series writer and creator, the formula gets a little bit darker. Guided by the steady, sadistic hand of Jody Hill ("The Righteous Gemstones"), "The Choad Less Traveled" finally cracks open Peacemaker's past, and it's not pretty. There...
Tags: Reviews, Television, Movies, Batman, James Gunn, Vigilante, Chris, Jack Daniels, Wendy, Goff, Gunn, Waller, Shar Pei, Robert Patrick, Auggie, Jody Hill

Superhero Bits: A New Era For Captain America, The Batman Posters & More

(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.)In this edition of Superhero Bits:Marvel doubles down on new "Captain America.""Eternals" did really well on Disney+."The Batman" gets a pair of new posters.A "Marvel Zombies" board game is probably happening...
Tags: Movies, News, Australia, Ben Affleck, Disney, America, Robert Pattinson, Batman, James Gunn, Marvel Comics, Cmon, Captain America, Val Kilmer, Samba, John Cena, Alex Ross

James Gunn Says A Peacemaker Character Will Return For A 'Big' DC Movie In The Future

If you haven't watched "Peacemaker" on HBO Max yet but are interested in the grand scheme of the DC Extended Universe, you may want to remedy that situation because according to James Gunn, a character from the show is going to show up in the DCEU in a very big way. Gunn recently guested on an episode of the TV's Top 5 podcast where he put to bed the rumors that "Peacemaker" exists in a separate universe, and instead exists well within the confines of the DCEU. Better yet, a recurring character ...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Nsa, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Gunn, Jennifer Holland, Black Adam, DCEU, Harcourt, Justice Society of America, HBO Max, Emilia Harcourt

Peacemaker Just Let Us Know This Bizarre Character Exists In The DCEU

"Peacemaker" recently dropped its first three episodes on HBO Max and it's just as wacky and wild as everyone was hoping it would be! However, like James Gunn's other work, the series is more than just crazy fun: it also injects a surprising amount of heart into these installments. Some fans wondered why, out of all the standout characters in "The Suicide Squad," John Cena's Chris Smith was the one most deserving of a spinoff? "Peacemaker" not only answers this question rather gleefully, but als...
Tags: Television, Viola Davis, Movies, Superman, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, Batman, James Gunn, Chris, John Cena, Chris Smith, Gunn, Economos, Amanda Waller, Bill Finger, Mxyzptlk

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

James Gunn Teases That His Mysterious DC Project Is Another TV Series

"Peacemaker" just dropped its first three episodes on HBO Max on January 13, but showrunner and writer (and director of five of eight episodes), James Gunn, already has another DC project lined up. This is something Gunn himself confirmed last October when he tweeted, "Yes, I'm developing another DC project besides Peacemaker," and, "I can't wait to show folks what we've been cooking up."The exact details of that project are still shrouded in unknowns, and Gunn has a couple of other big Marvel S...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, Dc, James Gunn, Gunn, David Dastmalchian, Danielle Ryan, Collider Gunn, Daniella Melchior

Peacemaker Featurette Explains Why The 'Worst' Suicide Squad Character Got A Spinoff

If you're not already on board with HBO Max's "Peacemaker" series, a new featurette from Warner Bros. might get you interested. The five-minute video titled "What's Not To Love About Peacemaker?" interviews John Cena's castmates from "The Suicide Squad" about what makes the character a standout, with added insight from James Gunn and Cena himself.Gunn explains why he decided to spotlight Peacemaker with the new show, saying that when imagining a multi-season series, it makes sense to "start with...
Tags: Television, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, Warner Bros, James Gunn, John Cena, Gunn, Cena, Joel Kinnaman, David Dastmalchian, Steve Agee, HBO Max, HBO Max Read

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

Superhero Bits: Doctor Strange 2 Wraps Reshoots, X-Men Goes Back To The 90s & More

(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.)In this edition of Superhero Bits:The "X-Men" head back to 1992An "Eternals" character may be returning to the MCU soon"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" has wrapped its reshootsThe "Peacemaker" po...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Benedict Cumberbatch, News, Disney, House, Cumberbatch, James Gunn, Imdb, Cw, Tessa Thompson, Cool Stuff, John Cena, Richard Madden, Naomi, Gunn

Daily Podcast: Why You Should Watch Peacemaker, And New Quantum Leap, Real Steel, Santa Clause TV Series

On the January 14, 2022 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editorial director Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film staff writer Danielle Ryan to discuss the latest film and TV news, including new "Quantum Leap," "Real Steel," and "The Santa Clause" sequel series. And In Our Feature Presentation, Danielle is going to try to convince Peter that "Peacemaker" is awesome.Opening Banter: Welcome Danielle back to the podcast! Since Ben didn't do it, what are Danielle's favorite movies.In The News:Danielle: Qua...
Tags: Podcast, Movies, News, Disney, James Gunn, Peter, Ben, Gunn, Danielle, Santa Clause, Peter Sciretta, Sam Hume, Danielle Ryan, New Quantum Leap Real Steel Santa Clause TV Series, Quantum Leap Real Steel, Better Etc Have

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,"...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Smith, John Cena, Gunn, Leota, Christopher Smith, Adebayo, Suicide Squad Gunn, Leota Adebayo Danielle Brooks, Amanda Waller Viola Davis Adebayo

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

A Step By Step-Ball-Change Guide To The Peacemaker Intro Choreography

James Gunn is not your typical comic book adaptation director, and the spin-off series "Peacemaker" is no exception. Filled with gruesome violence, NSFW dialogue, a refreshingly pointed political message that racists are villains who deserve to have their asses handed to them, and fearless critique of DC Comics' golden heroes, "Peacemaker" is Gunn at his absolute best. In a stroke of pure genius, the "Peacemaker" opening credits sequence capture the essence of the series by introducing the chara...
Tags: Television, Movies, Dc Comics, James Gunn, Hitachi, John Cena, Chris Smith, Elizabeth, Barton, Gunn, Juilliard School, Cena, Bob Fosse, Time Warp, Alan Tudyk, Freddie Stroma

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

Peacemaker Season 2 Won't Happen For A Bit Because James Gunn Needs A Break, Damn It

Today marks the debut of James Gunn's latest project: the "Peacemaker" series on HBO Max, a spin-off from his critically-acclaimed sequel, "The Suicide Squad." The idea for the show came about when Gunn was stuck indoors during the start of the pandemic, and because the man is one of the hardest working creators in the game, he had to make it a reality. Right now, he's in post-production on "The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special," filming "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," and writing/produ...
Tags: Hbo, Hollywood, Television, Movies, News, Stanley Kubrick, Harley Quinn, James Gunn, Gunn, Max Gunn

How James Gunn's Peacemaker Pushes The Limits Of Superhero Television

Writer and director James Gunn's HBO Max series "Peacemaker" pushes a lot of boundaries. Gunn previously said on-set that he couldn't believe the studio was letting him film the series, and he later called it a "funeral for Warner Bros." during Comic-Con. "Peacemaker" toes the line between being funny and offensive, and often revels in its own vulgarity. Yet, somehow, it manages to have a warm squishy center full of introspection and socially relevant themes. Gunn showed us that he could balance...
Tags: Television, Movies, News, Warner Bros, Quentin Tarantino, James Gunn, McDonald, Gunn, Auggie, HBO Max, Superhero Television, Auggie Smith Robert Patrick

Peacemaker Is A 'Best Friend, For Never' In The Middle Of Sci-Fi Insanity

The first episode of James Gunn's series "Peacemaker" helped set the stage in the wake of "The Suicide Squad" and introduced us to Peacemaker's new world-saving, crime-fighting team, but the second episode, "Best Friends, for Never," ignites the dangerous new plot that will be unfolding on HBO Max. After a rather eventful one-night stand, Peacemaker (John Cena) must rely on his newfound teammates to help him out of a seriously sticky situation. It appears that Peacemaker's really gone from the f...
Tags: Reviews, Hbo, Television, Movies, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Vigilante, John Cena, Evan, Gunn, Economos, Cena, Augie, FitzGibbon, Auggie, Eagly

James Gunn Says Marvel And DC Don't Push A Master Plan Or Story Mandates For Their Movies

It's not hard to find all sorts of opinions from fans about how Marvel or DC run their movies. One quick trip through social media and you'll immediately be besieged with all sorts of grand proclamations and sweeping generalizations about how these major studios supposedly operate behind the scenes. Depending on who you talk to, Marvel is either holding all their directors at gunpoint and forcing them to follow the whim of every corporate higher-up or allowing complete and total free rein for an...
Tags: Movies, News

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...
Tags: Spotify, Hbo, London, Television, Movies, James Gunn, Vigilante, John Cena, John Murphy, Goff, Gunn, Louis CK, Christopher Smith, Kissin, Adebayo, Eagly

Peacemaker Has A Crisis Of Conscience In 'Better Goff Dead'

We're two episodes into "Peacemaker," and absolutely nowhere closer to learning what a "butterfly" actually is or how the team's going to achieve peace. Thankfully, the third episode of James Gunn's rip-roaring superhero-adjacent series answers at least one of those questions. In the episode, titled "Better Goff Dead," Christopher Smith, AKA Peacemaker (John Cena), is faced with a foe he cannot defeat: his budding conscience. The first two episodes didn't take the crew anywhere crazier than an a...
Tags: Reviews, Facebook, Television, Movies, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Vigilante, John Cena, Goff, Gunn, Economos, Adebayo, Harcourt, Steve Agee, HBO Max, Peacemaker

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

The Peacemaker Opening Credits Are Incredible

Opening credits sequences began as a functional part of film and television. They existed simply to let the audience know the title of the thing that they were watching and the creatives involved with it such as the production company, the writer, the director, and the main stars. However, as time went on, they would evolve to set the tone for the movie or the show they were preceding. There are even some opening credits that have become just as iconic as the characters or the shows themselves."...
Tags: Television, Movies, News, Dc Comics, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Dick Van Dyke, John Cena, Television Critics Association, Chris Smith, Gunn, Cena, Eagly, Chukwudi Iwuji, Evelyn Klean, Ian Broucek

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

Superhero Bits: New Eternals Deleted Scenes, A New Superman On The CW & More

(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.)In this edition of Superhero Bits:A handy "Peacemaker" streaming guide.Marvel celebrates 750 issues of "Thor."New "Eternals" deleted scenes ahead of Disney+ release.Did the Arrowverse just get a new Superman?...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Benedict Cumberbatch, News, Instagram, Superman, Disney, Warner Bros, Thor, James Gunn, Ava Duvernay, Doctor Strange, Cw, John Cena, Rick, Naomi

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

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