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Peacemaker Director Jokes About How Much Peace Will Really Be in DC Show

Writer/director James Gunn jokes the upcoming DC Extended Universe series, Peacemaker, will feature “twelve metric tons of peace per episode.”

Writer/director James Gunn jokes about how much peace will really be in the upcoming DC Extended Universe series, Peacemaker. Gunn, who was (and is) perhaps best known for helming Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, introduced a slew of oddball villains to the DCEU last year with The Suicide Squad. Included in those villains was John Cena’s self-proclaimed “douchey version of Captain America,” who claims to cherish peace with all his heart and doesn’t care how many “men, women, and children [he needs] to kill to get it.”

The contradict that is Christopher Smith/Peacemaker plays a huge role in The Suicide Squad. The character is revealed to be Amanda Waller’s (Viola Davis) inside man determined to cover up the U.S.’s involvement in Project Starfish. Ultimately, he kills Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and tries to kill Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior) when they discover incriminating evidence. Thankfully, Bloodsport (Idris Elba) shows up just in time to save his friend, shooting Peacemaker with a smaller, and more effective, bullet. The film’s post-credits scene confirms Peacemaker survived the events on Corto Maltese and sets up the Peacemaker seriesthe first three episodes of which are slated to debut on HBO Max on January 13. In addition to Cena, the series will star Danielle Brooks, Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland, Steve Agee, Christopher Heyerdahl, Chukwudi Iwuji, Lochlyn Munro, Annie Chang, Elizabeth Faith Ludlow, and Rizwan Manji.

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Recently, Gunn took to social media to joke about the TV-MA series. During a Q&A sessions, the director was asked by a fan how much peace will actually be depicted in Peacemaker. Gunn playfully replied, “twelve metric tons of peace per episode.” Check out his post below:

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In line with his main character, Gunn’s comments are obviously satirical. Gunn has said he chose to focus on Peacemaker following The Suicide Squad due to the unexplored potential of Cena’s character. Similar to Marvel’s John Walker, DC’s Christopher Smith hilariously believes himself to be a hero but is viewed by everyone else as a criminal and villain. That being said, Peacemaker’s origin is a tragic one, with his twisted sense of patriotism stemming from an array of ‘Daddy issues.’ Regardless, in Peacemaker, A.R.G.U.S. (Advanced Research Group Uniting Super-Humans), will still need his help to “save the f***king world.”


Several trailers and clips leading up to the release of Peacemaker have teased the team’s dynamic, as well as other “superheroes” like Freddie Stroma’s Vigilante. The series is clearly set to be a more grounded story in comparison to The Suicide Squad, exploring real-world issues and making Peacemaker an overall more sympathetic character. Still, the show will also lean into its genre by featuring a post-credits scene in every episode, as well as Gunn’s signature irreverence. If his arc is done right, maybe someday Peacemaker really will be synonymous with peace. At the very least, Peacemaker should hint at future storylines and/or DC spinoffs planned after its release.


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Source: James Gunn/Twitter

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