James Gunn is finally opening up about what we can expect from his upcoming Peacemaker series on HBO Max.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, Gunn showed off a Peacemaker trailer and followed that up by discussing the series and the journey we’ll see John Cena’s character go on.
“At the end of The Suicide Squad, Bloodsport (Idris Elba) learns a lot. He’s a better person than he was at the beginning. A lot of the characters are much better than they were at the beginning, and Peacemaker has a lot to learn,” said Gunn. “It’s that ability to learn that for me makes him a little bit more likable. His blindspots in some places are pretty terrible, and in some places are him being ignorant. I think that’s an important distinction to make as well. He is open at the same time, sometimes.”
At this point the Peacemaker release date is simply being listed as “January 2022.” With DC FanDome only a few weeks away, hopefully, we’ll get some more information as to the exact premiere date at that time. The series is slated for eight episodes on HBO Max with Gunn having written the entire series and directing five of the episodes.
John Cena will reprise his role from the film in the series. Other actors include Steve Agee, Danielle Brooks was later added, and then two more got the nod including 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. In May 2021 it was announced that Freddie Stroma would replace Chris Conrad in the role of Vigilante. Elizabeth Faith Ludlow and Rizwan Manji were added in early February, and were joined by Nhut Le as Judomaster later in the month. The last round of announced additions included Alison Araya and Lenny Jacobson as a married couple named Amber and Evan and will appear on a recurring basis.