Ahead of the release of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, character Peacemaker has been given a straight-to-series order from HBO Max. Possibly a prequel to the film, the show will bring star John Cena to the smaller screen and will help establish his new persona over the course of several episodes. Gunn will be directing the pilot for the series and will also write many of its episodes.
In a statement, Gunn said, “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.”
John Cena added, “It has been a tremendous honor and an incredible opportunity to be part of The Suicide Squad and to work with James on what is going to be a fantastic movie. I am unbelievably excited to have the chance to team up with him again for Peacemaker.”
Curiously, this new show doesn’t seem to be causing any issues with Gunn’s agreement to Disney. While he was famously let go from work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 over Twitter comments, Disney re-hired him after a fan petition and allowed him to continue work with DC. Seemingly after Guardians 3 is done, Gunn will return to the DCEU and continue films there.