The Suicide Squad may have only just released, but we're already looking forward to its spin-off series Peacemaker, which is due to arrive next year. Focusing on John Cena's character, the series is set to delve into just what makes this violent-yet-peace-obsessed man tick. The TV show has already wrapped filming, and there's a fair amount of information about the series out there – even if the plot is currently shrouded in mystery.
We've rounded up everything there is to know about the Peacemaker series so far, including its release window, who's who in the cast, when we might be getting a trailer, and what we know about the elusive plot. There are also details on James Gunn's involvement in the project, the other directors on board, and whether we can expect to see a season 2. So, without further ado, scroll on to check out everything we know about Peacemaker.
Peacemaker release window
There's no firm arrival date just yet, but we do at least have a release window for when the series will land on HBO Max: January 2022. Peacemaker has already wrapped filming, so it seems we won't have to worry too much about COVID-induced delays, either.
It's also not clear if all eight episodes will stream at once, or if we're looking at a weekly release schedule. HBO Max Originals do tend to stream one episode a week, though, so that seems the likeliest possibility.
John Cena is back as the titular character, a man so dedicated to peace he doesn't care who he has to kill to achieve it. He'll be joined by some other cast members returning from The Suicide Squad: Jennifer Holland is back as Emilia Harcourt, who worked with Amanda Waller in the movie, as is Steve Agee – who was both the physical stand-in for King Shark and Emilia's co-worker John Economos (he'll be playing the latter in the series).
"Every character has their own story," Gunn told Collider. "So there's the six main characters of Peacemaker, Leota Adebayo, who's Danielle Brooks, Emilia Harcourt, who's Jennifer Holland, Vigilante, who's Freddie Stroma, Clemson Murn, who is Chukwudi Iwuji, and John Economos, who is Steve Agee. It's really an ensemble about those six characters."
Also in the cast is Elizabeth Faith Ludlow as Keeya, and Rizwan Manji as Jamil. Apart from their names, nothing else is known about these two just yet.
Other cast members are Christopher Heyerdahl as Captain Locke, Nhut Le as Judomaster, Annie Chang as a detective named Sophie Song, Lochlyn Munro as her partner Larry Fitzgibbon, Alison Araya as Amber, and Lenny Jacobson as Evan. Robert Patrick plays Peacemaker's father.
A few clues can be gleaned about the series from the character line-up. Vigilante, AKA Adrian Chase, is a district attorney turned – you guessed it – vigilante in DC Comics. One of his friends is killed by Peacemaker, and Chase sets out for revenge. Though he started out careful to be non-lethal, he steadily becomes more violent, and his mental state deteriorates. Per Deadline, in the series, Chase has super-healing abilities, and he's looking for justice after his wife and children were murdered by mobsters.
Meanwhile, Judomaster is a superhero moniker that four people have gone by in the comics, with the original a World War 2 sergeant, and the second his son. Until we find out Judomaster's real identity, it's trickier to predict where this character might be headed.
Peacemaker trailer: when will we get one?
The bad news is there's no trailer for the series yet. Considering we've got a good few months left before Peacemaker debuts on HBO Max, we can probably expect a lengthy wait.
Plus, The Suicide Squad only just released, so it seems likely a trailer will be on the way once the dust settles a bit more – but there isn't another major DC movie release until The Batman next March, so there's nothing else to distract from the series on the horizon.
James Gunn tweeted a behind the scenes look at the cast of the series, and it looks like everyone is having a great time onset.
Are you ready for what the #Peacemaker crew is cooking up? @DCPeacemaker @hbomax #teampeacemaker @thedanieb @JohnCena @jennlholland @steveagee @CConradTweets pic.twitter.com/Yo5hfHhHLJFebruary 18, 2021
The director also shared more pictures on Instagram, including one of a frog that apparently occupies Peacemaker's porch.
Plus, a cryptic teaser image showcasing Peacemaker's deadly commitment also made its way to Instagram.
The biggest question about the Peacemaker series is whether it's a prequel or a sequel, and it turns out it's a bit of both. Despite initially seeming like an origin story, Gunn clarified on Twitter that "'Exploring the origins' does not necessarily mean prequel.'" Then, he told Variety a bit more about the premise: "Through the story, you learn where Peacemaker came from. There's a moment in the movie where Bloodsport talks about his father and what his father was like, and you cut to a shot of Peacemaker, and Peacemaker nods. That's the seed of the entire Peacemaker series. So we get to see Peacemaker with his father, who's played by Robert Patrick, where he came from, what he's done, what that means to him, and where he's going after all of this."
He continued: "He's not an evil person, he's just a bad guy. He seems sort of irredeemable in the film. But I think that there's more to him. We didn't get a chance to know him [in The Suicide Squad] in the way we get to know some of the other characters. And so that's what the whole show is about. I needed eight episodes to do it, at least."
Gunn also indicated to The Hollywood Reporter that Peacemaker wouldn't be quite as high-octane as The Suicide Squad, but still has a grand sci-fi plot. "It's very specifically about a different group of people, so it's a little bit more about society," he said. "One of the leads is Peacemaker and one of the leads is Danielle Brooks, who plays Leota Adebayo. And she has a very different political view of the world than Peacemaker does. So it's just a little bit about what's going on in the world, but also being a TV show, you really do have more time to delve much deeper into these characters and much more deeply into the drama and comedy of them."
He added: "So it has a lot of similarities, but it's even more grounded, more natural and more real. But it's still within a big science-fiction storyline that lasts for one season. The main storyline lasts for that season, so that doesn't mean there's only one season of Peacemaker." Gunn also indicated that the series "ends up being connected to other DC properties," though which exactly remains to be seen.
Then there's The Suicide Squad's post-credits scene, which revealed Peacemaker actually survived his tussle with Bloodsport. We find out in the sting that Cena's character is going to save the world – which seems like clear set-up for his solo series.
Peacemaker writers and directors
The Suicide Squad director James Gunn wrote all eight episodes of the series, and directed five of them, including episode one. The others hopping into the director's chair are Jody Hill, Rosemary Rodriguez, and Brad Anderson, who each helm an episode each – Anderson took the seventh installment.
Peacemaker: will there be a season 2?
There's no official word yet on if Cena's violent anti-hero will return for round two. Gunn has suggested that Peacemaker could be back, however. "The main storyline lasts for that season, so that doesn't mean there's only one season of Peacemaker," he told The Hollywood Reporter. So, the outlook is pretty good for this series to be a multi-season affair, but we'll have to wait to find out for sure.