John Cena is clearly pumped to be playing Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad and the spinoff series for HBO Max, and he’s not afraid to share that enthusiasm.
One of the biggest questions since The Suicide Squad was announced was whether or not it is a sequel or a reboot. Despite executives saying it’s something inbetween, fans are still confused. If you were hoping Cena would step in with a clear-cut answer, we’re afraid you’ll be disappointed.
“Perception is everything, and I won’t change your perception. But I’ll offer my own,” he told Observer. “The Suicide Squad is neither a sequel nor reboot. The Suicide Squad is the Suicide Squad from the brain of one of the most amazingly twisted creative minds in James Gunn that I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. James is so gifted in so many ways. The good thing about what’s going on with The Suicide Squad is exactly what you’re saying. People are kind of expecting to be something. But nobody’s ready to see this movie. Everyone needs it in their life, trust me. But nobody’s ready to see what it is. Nobody.”
It sounds like it will be up to each person as to how to perceive the new film. But as to the question of if Peacemaker ties into the greater DCEU, that is also a bit of a puzzling answer.
“That’s a pretty wide, wide net. I know people who are way up on the executive branch are probably looking for synergy and growth of brand and all that,” said Cena. “We’re almost through filming, we almost have everything in the can. It’s really fun. You may think I’m front and center, but we have an all-star cast and everyone slays. I think it’s going to go do good for how people view elements of the DC Universe. Whether it continues to weave the web and further the DC Universe, that’s up to you guys. But I think it’ll be an awesome, awesome journey.”
It sounds as though fans are going to have a lot of decisions to make for themselves in the coming months.
The Suicide Squad is due to hit theaters and HBO Max on Aug. 6, 2021 in the U.S., and will be in theaters in the U.K. on July 30.