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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

Superhero Bits: A Big Moon Knight Easter Egg, Tim Roth Talks She-Hulk & 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:Which DC heroes is Peacemaker better than?Jaden Smith MCU casting rumorsTim Roth on returning as Abomination in "She-Hulk"A prequel comic for "The Flash" movie is comingAll t...
Tags: Movies, News, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Jaden Smith, Batman, Will Smith, Disneyland, Smith, Oscar Isaac, Tatiana Maslany, Mark Ruffalo, Hulk, Cool Stuff, Tim Roth, John Cena

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...
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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

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

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

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

Alison Brie And John Cena Join Action Comedy Freelance From Taken Director Pierre Morel

Two absolute champions of hilarity and wrestling (PLEASE NETFLIX, GIVE US MORE "GLOW") are joining forces for a new action-comedy from the man who wrote "Taken." John Cena and Alison Brie are set to star in "Freelance," a film about an ex-special forces operator who takes a job providing security for a journalist who is set to interview a dictator. Everything is thrown into chaos when a military coup breaks out mid-interview and the odd couple, joined by the dictator, are forced to head into the...
Tags: Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, News, US, Stuart Ford, John Cena, Steve Richards, Cena, Alison Brie, Pierre Morel, AGC Studios, Endurance Media, Annie Edison, Christopher Tuffin, Renee Tab

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

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

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

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

The Morning Watch: Peacemaker Gets A Podcast, Cobra Kai Cast Tests Martial Arts Gadgets & 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, after you've watched the series premiere of James Gunn's "Peacemaker" series on HBO Max, check out the companion podcast. Plus, see what happens when the cast of "Cobra Kai" gets a chance to test out martia...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, News, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, John Cena, Bridget Jones, Mid Atlantic, Strangelove, Peyton List, Cobra Kai, Erik Singer, Fiona Nova, James Gunn Stay, DC Comics YouTube

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 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

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 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

John Cena stars in 'Peacemaker,' a new series based on the DC comic book character — you can stream the show on HBO Max

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Warner Media "Peacemaker" is now available to stream exclusively on HBO Max.  The show follows a misguided superhero, played by John Cena, who will stop at nothing for peace.  HBO Max subscriptions start at $10/month for ad-supported streaming. HBO Max Monthly Plan (ad-free) $14.99 FROM HBO MAX Fans of DC's "The Suicide Squad" have a new supe...
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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

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