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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


The Best TV Shows And Movies Leaving HBO Max In February 2022

Wow, is it really almost February already? Hopefully, by March I'll actually get used to writing 2022 on things. Anyway, thanks to the often ephemeral nature of streaming, another month means HBO Max is moving a lot of films and shows off their platform as part of its ever-rotating roster. Wondering what you should be sure to catch before it's gone? Well, look no further. Without further ado, here are the best movies leaving HBO Max in February. Blade Runner 2049 Many had their doubts about Deni...
Tags: Hbo, New York, Movies, Robert Downey Jr, White House, Los Angeles, People, Karen O, Michelle Obama, Beverly Hills, Salem, Tokyo, Suicide Squad, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, James Gandolfini


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...
Tags: TV, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Youtube, Disney, Dc Comics, Trends, Streaming, Suicide Squad, Gotham City, Dc, James Gunn, Rolling Stone, Hawkeye, Max


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


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


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


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


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


The First Morbius Trailer Hit Two Years Ago Today – Happy Anniversary, Morbius Trailer!

It's hard to remember what the world was like in the Before Times. What did we even do before Sony dropped the teaser trailer for "Morbius" on January 13, 2020? Watch trailers for other films? Surely not!Movie theaters know us better than that. It's why they've shown the "Morbius" trailer in front of almost every film released over the last past years. You can only imagine how terrified I was when I sat down to watch "The French Dispatch" last fall and didn't get the chance to hear Jared Leto's ...
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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


Only Murders In The Building Season 2 Cast Somehow Gets Better, Adds Shirley MacLaine And Amy Schumer

Hulu's "Only Murders in the Building" was one of those series that seemed to fly under the radar until, all at once, it felt like everybody started tuning in for the murder-mystery hijinks at the Arconia. Stars Steve Martin (who also co-created the show with John Hoffman) and Martin Short have since received individual SAG nods for their acting in season 1, with their co-lead Selena Gomez landing a joint nod only as part of the series' ensemble. That feels like a disservice given how essential G...
Tags: Television, Movies, News, Amy Schumer, Broadway, Manhattan, Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad, Steve Martin, Selena Gomez, Hulu, Upper West Side, Short, Steve, Alice, Martin Short


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


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


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...
Tags: Reviews, Hbo, TV, Entertainment, Dc Comics, Trends, Streaming, Suicide Squad, Dc, Warner Bros, James Gunn, Jason Momoa, John Cena, Harley Quinn Joker, Hulu Hulu, Where To Watch


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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