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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


Superhero Bits: Peacemaker Reacts To Mean Tweets, Hawkeye Hits Fortnite & 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:Several Arrowverse shows get new trailers.Hawkeye arrived in "Fortnite.""Spider-Man: No Way Home" gets a stylish new poster.Peacemaker reacts to mean tweets.All that and more...
Tags: England, Television, Movies, News, Jimmy Kimmel, Disney, Alyssa Milano, Robert Pattinson, Batman, Kate, Kent, James Gunn, Cw, Hawkeye, Black Panther, John Cena


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


Comics Research Bibliography citations update, 1/20/22

  Westergaard and the World's Most Notorious Cartoon [Danish Islam cartoons] Matthias Wivel | January 19, 2022 | https://www.tcj.com/westergaard-and-the-worlds-most-notorious-cartoon/   The Daily Heller: Arthur Szyk and NYC Urban Archeology By Steven Heller January 17 2022 The Daily Heller https://www.printmag.com/daily-heller/the-daily-h...
Tags: Comics, UK, New York, Alan Moore, Disney, James Gunn, Trump, Kathryn Schulz, Bruce, Orange County Register, University of Tennessee, Heller, Albuquerque Journal, Steven Heller, Tom Kelly, Oliphant


How the buzz for HBO Max's first DC spinoff 'Peacemaker' compares to Disney+ Marvel shows

John Cena in "Peacemaker."HBO Max Data shows that HBO Max's "Peacemaker" is similar in audience engagement to Disney+'s "Hawkeye." Both shows trailed Disney+'s "WandaVision" in engagement. DC content will be essential for HBO Max in the coming years. HBO Max released its first series spinning off of a DC Comics movie last week: "Peacemaker," with John Cena reprising his role from last year's "The Suicide Squad."Similar to Disney+ and its Marvel shows, Max is developing other T...
Tags: TV, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Youtube, Disney, Dc Comics, Trends, Streaming, Suicide Squad, Gotham City, Dc, James Gunn, Rolling Stone, Hawkeye, Max


Every Song We Heard In Peacemaker Episode 4

This article contains spoilers for "Peacemaker" episode four. Proceed with caution.It's Thursday and you know what that means: We get to return to the small town of Evergreen and catch up with John Cena and the gang in "Peacemaker." Episode four brings a real emotional gut punch (or more appropriately, gut stab) to the team as Peacemaker is forced to confront his past and his exceedingly terrible white supremacist father. Plus, Leota Adebayo shows some serious signs of being her mother's daughte...
Tags: Spotify, Television, Movies, Evergreen, James Gunn, Vigilante, Adrian, Chris, John Cena, Chris Smith, Goff, Economos, Cena, Clint Mansell, Kevin Kiner, Adebayo


Comics Research Bibliography citations update, 1/19/22

  Westergaard and the World's Most Notorious Cartoon [Danish Islam cartoons] Matthias Wivel | January 19, 2022 | https://www.tcj.com/westergaard-and-the-worlds-most-notorious-cartoon/   The Daily Heller: Arthur Szyk and NYC Urban Archeology By Steven Heller January 17 2022 The Daily Heller https://www.printmag.com/daily-heller/the-daily-heller-arthur-szyks-...
Tags: Comics, UK, New York, Alan Moore, Disney, James Gunn, Trump, Kathryn Schulz, Bruce, Orange County Register, University of Tennessee, Heller, Albuquerque Journal, Steven Heller, Tom Kelly, Oliphant


Robert Pattinson Admits A Batman Suit Looks Like A Halloween Costume Until The Lighting Is Just Right

There's a real art to lighting actors in superhero outfits. It's just as easy to make them look sharp and sophisticated as it is to make them look utterly clownish — which, to be fair, is sometimes the intent, like when Christopher Smith (John Cena) walks confidently into a public area wearing his shiny chrome helmet and brightly colored costume (sorry, uniform) on James Gunn's "Peacemaker" series. Alternatively, Ben Affleck's Batman looks mysterious and threatening in his grey-and-black suit th...
Tags: Movies, News, Ben Affleck, Robert Pattinson, Darth Vader, Gotham City, Batman, James Gunn, David Fincher, Dune, Reeves, Tenet, Zack Snyder, Pattinson, Matt Reeves, Greig Fraser


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


Diabolical Teaser: Animated The Boys Spin-Off Weaponizes An Adorable Baby, Again

Well, they did warn us that it would be gory, violent, and push even more boundaries than the original series already had. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the comforting waters of wholesome and inspiring superhero stories, "The Boys" is back to drag superpowered individuals back down to Earth in shocking, provocative, and slightly disturbing fashion ... though in a different medium, this time around. Not content to depict edgy superheroes and villains with all their flaws in li...
Tags: Amazon, Television, Movies, News, Earth, Trailers, Seth Rogen, James Gunn, Evan Goldberg, Aisha Tyler, Vought, Awkwafina Garth Ennis Eliot, Ilana Glazer Simon Racioppa Justin Roiland, Ben Bayouth Andy Samberg


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


Comics Research Bibliography citations update, 1/17/22

Kickstart the Week(end) with A Hunter's Tale: A Comics Poem By: Nicole D'Andria January 15, 2022 Comic Maven https://comicfrontline.com/2022/01/15/kickstart-the-weekend-with-a-hunters-tale-a-comics-poem/   Ryan Claytor Geoff Grogan Blockhead podcast 2022-01-15   How To Boost Your Career With Self-Publishing Jan 14, 2022 ...
Tags: Comics, Los Angeles, Arkansas, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Sally, WNYC, Lynda, Justin Carter, David Harper, Mike Rhode, Luisa, Comics Research Bibliography, Jennifer Holland, Alley Oop, Susana Polo


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


Why Does The Actor Who Plays Vigilante On Peacemaker Look Familiar?

Last week brought the first three episodes of "Peacemaker" to HBO Max. The DC Comics series is a spin-off of "The Suicide Squad," picking up where we last saw John Cena's morally questionable character. Though the "superhero" isn't dealing with anything as big as a giant starfish, there's a whole new alien threat keeping Peacemaker and his Task Force X teammates busy. Joining the team in "Peacemaker" is Vigilante, whom showrunner James Gunn thinks might actually be a bigger sociopath than his ti...
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The Morning Watch: Creating The Magic Of WandaVision, Peacemaker Premiere Easter Eggs & More

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)In this edition, take a look at the visual effects created by Industrial Light & Magic to bring one of the final sequences from Marvel's "WandaVision" series to life. Plus, take a look at all the Easter eggs and DC Comics r...
Tags: Movies, News, Dc Comics, Suicide Squad, Jim Carrey, James Gunn, Cw, John Cena, Sammy Davis Jr, Wayne Enterprises, Carrey, Wanda Maximoff, HBO Max


Peacemaker Star John Cena Was Rejected From Many Superhero Roles, Including Deadpool

Sometimes an actor is so perfect for the character they're portraying that we can't possibly imagine anyone else doing them justice. Ryan Reynolds was destined to become Deadpool. Nobody could have embodied the first live-action Shaggy as well as Matthew Lillard. And John Cena is absolutely perfect as Peacemaker. However, in a recent interview with Josh Horowitz on his "Happy Sad Confused" podcast, the "Peacemaker" star revealed that he faced a lot of rejection for superhero roles before finally...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, Josh Brolin, Deadpool, James Gunn, Ryan Reynolds, Shazam, John Cena, Matthew Lillard, HOROWITZ, Cena, Josh Horowitz, Dikembe Mutumbo


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


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


Comics Research Bibliography citations update, 1/15/22

Fa La La La La! Sandra Boynton has an imprint all her own The Associated Press January 14, 2022 https://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article257282897.html   Introducing Boynton Bookworks January 13, 2022 Nicole Russo, simonandschuster.com https://about.simonandschuster.biz/news/boynton-bookworks/   Robert Rousso, 1937 – 2021 [French e...
Tags: Comics, Hbo, New York, France, Disney, Atlanta, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Kevin Hart, Dublin, James Gunn, Michael Keaton, Kennedy, Craig, Tony, Trinity College


Hannah Shaw-Williams' Top 10 Movies Of 2021

2021: what a year! What a weird, bad, liminal space nightmare of a year. It was groaning under the weight of all the movies that had been pushed back from their 2020 release dates, but the ups and downs of the pandemic flattened the flood of new films. After holding out for a theatrical release, many ended up relegated to either a day-and-date streaming release or no theatrical release at all. Nothing about was certain. In the space of a week I went from cheerfully sitting through three showings...
Tags: Wtf, London, Movies, Benedict Cumberbatch, Holland, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, Airbnb, Birmingham, Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, James Gunn, Betty White, David Lynch, Margot Robbie, Tobey Maguire


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



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