James Gunn’s Peacemaker series is adding another Charlton Comics character as Nhut Le has signed on to play Judomaster.
Judomaster made his debut in Special War Series #4 in Nov. 1965. His origin at that time was that of World War II Army sergeant Hadley “Rip” Jagger. After the purchase of Charlton Comics by DC, the character was introduced into that universe in Justice League Quarterly #14. A female version of the character, Sonia Sato, was later introduced in Birds of Prey #100.
Outside of comics, the character was seen out of costume in the Batman: Soul of the Dragon animated movie in release just last month in January 2021.
Le is best known for comedy being an alumni of both the Groundlings and UCB. He has appeared on The Kroll Show and Raven’s Home.
Other previous additions to the cast beyond John Cena in the lead role include Steve Agee, Danielle Brooks was later added, and then three more got the nod including Chris Conrad, Jennifer Holland, and Robert Patrick. Another round of cast additions were announced in Dec. 2020 including Chukwudi Iwuji (When They See Us) as a series regular, while Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale), Annie Chang (Shades of Blue), and Christopher Heyerdahl (Togo) were added as recurring guest stars. The last two actors to be added were Elizabeth Faith Ludlow and Rizwan Manji earlier this week.
It is still unknown at this time if Peacemaker is a prequel or a sequel to The Suicide Squad. The release date for the series is yet to come, but Cena has indicated it will follow hot on the heels of the film. The Suicide Squad is due to hit theaters and HBO Max on Aug. 6, 2021.