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Peacemaker on HBO Max: Suicide Squad spinoff’s cast, plot and release date

eddygates1 | October 5, 2021

Peacemaker was a standout character from darkly comic DC Comics blockbuster The Suicide Squad, and the gun-loving super-lunk played by John Cena blasts his way onto HBO Max in the new year. Check out a clip from the show above.

Cena will headline an eight-episode spinoff series entitled Peacemaker, written by the film’s writer and director, James Gunn. Judging by Gunn’s gory, glorious Suicide Squad flick, the Peacemaker series is likely to be violent, profane and a heck of a lot of shiny-helmeted fun. 

Peacemaker release date

The spinoff show will stream on HBO Max in January 2022.

Peacemaker trailer

The first trailer was shown to press at the Television Critics’ Association press tour Sept. 22, which means a public debut is probably imminent. Or the first trailer could be released at DC Fandome, an online event taking place Oct. 16, which will reveal more about upcoming DC Extended Universe movies, the Arrowverse TV franchise, animated movies and video games (and comic books, probably). In the meantime, you can get a pretty good idea of the tone from Gunn’s gory, blackly comic Suicide Squad movie, available to rent and buy online now, coming to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 28, and landing back on HBO Max streaming at some point after that.    

Who is Peacemaker?

Christopher Smith loves peace so much he’d kill for it. In his original form, Peacemaker was created by writer Joe Gill and artist Pat Boyette and made his debut in 1966 in comic book Fightin’ 5, published by Charlton Comics. DC Comics later acquired the character, who would go through various incarnations.

John Cena (center) wearing his Peacemaker costume at the premiere for The Suicide Squad.

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Smith (aka Peacemaker) made his big-screen debut in The Suicide Squad this summer. Gunn and the folks at HBO Max thought Cena was so much fun that the spinoff was developed and shot in early 2021 before the film even came out. Sure enough, Cena’s hilarious performance was one of the most acclaimed elements of the critically lauded movie, even if the flick didn’t make as much as hoped at the box office.

Is Peacemaker a prequel?

It isn’t a spoiler for The Suicide Squad to say that few of the characters made it out alive. And by the end of the movie, Peacemaker looked to be one of the casualties — until the post-credits scene changed things considerably. That leaves the way clear for the series to follow on from the film, rather than being a prequel.

One thing we do know: The opening sequence is a musical number.

Peacemaker cast

Along with Cena, Steve Agee and Jennifer Holland reprise their roles from the film as Suicide Squad backroom staff stuck looking after Peacemaker. The cast is rounded out by Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma and Chukwudi Iwuji. Robert Patrick will play Peacemaker’s father.

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