Just when you thought the hype for The Suicide Squad was over, HBO Max said think again. The soft-reboot film from James Gunn was released in August, and we’re already getting a first look at its spinoff series, Peacemaker.
The series revolves after the DC character of the same name played by John Cena in the movie. In this first-look photo, Cena is seen in costume with his group of new misfit friends for their next adventure.
From left to right, we have Steve Agee as Economos, Jennifer Holland as Harcourt, Chukwudi Iwuji as Murn, Danielle Brooks as Adebayo, Freddie Stroma as Vigilante, and John Cena as Peacemaker.
What is Peacemaker about? SPOILERS ahead!
Here’s the thing (SPOILER ALERT for The Suicide Squad): Cena’s character was killed at the end of the film…but is spared in the post-credits sequence. According to Entertainment Weekly, director James Gunn was originally going to keep him dead but had a change of heart. “I did exactly the thing I hate when other filmmakers do [it],” he said. “But I did it! I’ll have to live with the repercussions, which is the most incredible TV show people will ever see.”
According to Gunn, Peacemaker is about “black ops combating something catastrophic that’s facing the planet.” So probably exactly like The Suicide Squad, but with new teammates and a new villain.
The director also said he drew inspiration from the old Captain America television series, but he’ll be making a more “f—ed-up version” of that.
The show will consist of eight episodes, all written by Gunn — he also directed five. It’ll begin streaming on HBO Max in January, and Gunn isn’t sure just yet if there will be a season 2.
If the one photo wasn’t enough, more will be revealed about Peacemaker at DCFandome on October 16. So there may just be a trailer come next month.