Despite the fact that Zack Snyder’s Justice League was both a critical and financial success for its new streaming service HBO Max, Warner Bros. has all but declared the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) launched by Snyder to be all but dead. Regardless of what WarnerMedia Studios CEO Ann Sarnoff may have implied, the DCEU is still alive, with a robust slate of new films set in the same movieverse on the way, including Black Adam, SHAZAM! 2, and Aquaman 2, as well as Peacemaker, the first streaming series set in the DCEU.
A spin-off of James Gunn‘s highly-anticipated The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker stars John Cena as the ultra-violent patriotic anti-hero of the same name. The experience making the series has been so much fun that Gunn recently said that he “could see just making TV shows” in the future, after fulfilling his commitment to direct Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3.
Gunn also revealed the bad Marvel TV series that inspired his take on Peacemaker:
I think that the actual inspiration for Peacemaker was the shitty 1970s Captain America TV shows that I loved when I was a child. And I think Peacemaker exemplifies a lot of things about society that are going on politically, and what people’s beliefs are about America and the world. So being able to tell those stories that are slightly more socially conscious in their essence, but also outlandish, he lends itself to that.
We will get our first taste of Cena’s Peacemaker when The Suicide Squad opens in theaters and streams on HBO Max on August 6th. The Peacemaker series is slated to debut on HBO Max in January 2022.
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