Once again following in the footsteps of Disney and Marvel, Warner Brothers is leveraging their big screen DC comic book properties as a way to create new original shows for their streaming service, HBO Max. Back in July they announced that there would be a spin-off series from Matt Reeves’ The Batman focusing on the Gotham City police department and now this week they have revealed that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad will also get a spin-off as well. The show is called Peacemaker and it will star John Cena, reprising his role from the upcoming movie. Writer-director James Gunn had this to say about the announcement:
“Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag. I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series. And of course, to be able to work again with John, Peter, and my friends at Warner Bros. is the icing on the cake.”
HBO Max has given an eight-episode order and James Gunn will reportedly write the series and direct multiple episodes. Production is expected to start in early 2021, before Gunn starts working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Peacemaker is a vigilante who is obsessed with achieving peace even if he has to kill to get it. I don’t know anything about the character personally but I can’t help wondering if this will end up being a satire in the vein of The Boys. Are you looking forward to Peacemaker?