Peacemaker (TV series)

Peacemaker is an upcoming American television series created by James Gunn for the streaming service HBO Max, based on the DC Comics character Peacemaker. It is the first DC Extended Universe (DCEU) television series, a spin-off from the 2021 film The Suicide Squad. Set after the film, the series explores the origins of Peacemaker who believes in achieving peace at any cost. It is produced by Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with Gunn serving as showrunner.

Peacemaker
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Genre
Created byJames Gunn
Based on
Written byJames Gunn
Starring
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
Production locationsVancouver, Canada
CinematographyMichael Bonvillain
Production companies
DistributorWarnerMedia Direct
Release
Original networkHBO Max

John Cena stars as the title character, reprising his role from The Suicide Squad, with Steve Agee, Danielle Brooks, Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland, Freddie Stroma, and Chukwudi Iwuji also starring. Gunn wrote all eight episodes of the series while completing work on The Suicide Squad during the COVID-19 pandemic, before HBO Max officially ordered Peacemaker straight-to-series in September 2020. Filming took place in Vancouver, Canada, from January to July 2021, with Gunn directing five of the episodes. Peacemaker is set to premiere in January 2022.

PremiseEdit

Set after the events of The Suicide Squad (2021), the series explores the origins of Peacemaker and his subsequent missions.[1][2]

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected by [12]Written by [1]Original release date
1TBAJames GunnJames GunnJanuary 2022 (2022-01)[13]
2TBAJames GunnJames Gunn2022 (2022)
3TBAJames GunnJames Gunn2022 (2022)
4TBATBAJames Gunn2022 (2022)
5TBATBAJames Gunn2022 (2022)
6TBAJames GunnJames Gunn2022 (2022)
7TBABrad AndersonJames Gunn2022 (2022)
8TBAJames GunnJames Gunn2022 (2022)

Jody Hill and Rosemary Rodriguez also directed an episode each.[14]

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

[Peacemaker is] not an evil person, he's just a bad guy. He seems sort of irredeemable in the film. But I think that there's more to him. We didn't get a chance to know him [in The Suicide Squad] in the way we get to know some of the other characters. And so that's what the whole show is about.

—Creator and showrunner James Gunn on why he wanted to make a spin-off series about Peacemaker[2]

While completing work on The Suicide Squad (2021) in August 2020, during a COVID-19 lockdown, writer and director James Gunn began writing a spin-off television series centered on the origins of Peacemaker, a character portrayed by John Cena in the film.[1][15] Gunn said he did this "mostly for fun",[15] but it became a real possibility after DC Films asked him if there was a character in The Suicide Squad that he would like to make a spin-off series about.[16][17] DC Films president Walter Hamada explained that the studio was working with the filmmakers of its upcoming film slate to try create interconnected spin-off television series for the streaming service HBO Max based on those films.[18]

HBO Max ordered Peacemaker straight-to-series in September, with Gunn writing all eight episodes of the first season and directing five of them. Gunn and The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran were set as executive producers, with Cena as co-executive producer.[1] The series is produced by Gunn's Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in conjunction with Warner Bros. Television.[19] In December, Matt Miller joined as an additional executive producer.[20] In August 2021, Gunn said he wanted to make a second season of the series and was committed to doing so if the series was renewed by HBO Max.[21]

WritingEdit

Peacemaker extends the world that Gunn built for The Suicide Squad,[1] taking place after the film's post-credit scene which reveals that Peacemaker survived an apparently fatal gunshot wound from earlier in the film.[2] Gunn said the series was an opportunity to explore current world issues through the title character,[1] and to expand on the character's relationship with his father that is hinted at in the film.[2] Gunn took eight weeks to write the first season, using the time that was allocated for him to have a break between his work on The Suicide Squad and Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) after choosing not to take the break due to the pandemic.[15][22] Gunn said Peacemaker was "no holds barred" in a similar way to The Suicide Squad, but the series is more grounded, quieter, and "a little bit more about society" than the film.[5]

CastingEdit

 
John Cena dressed as Peacemaker at the premiere of The Suicide Squad. Cena reprises the role in the series.

With the series order in September 2020, John Cena was confirmed to be reprising his role as Peacemaker from The Suicide Squad.[1] The next month, Steve Agee joined the series as John Economos, also returning from the film.[3] In November, Gunn's girlfriend Jennifer Holland joined as her The Suicide Squad character Emilia Harcourt, alongside Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo, Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith, and Chris Conrad as Adrian Chase / The Vigilante.[4][6] Chukwudi Iwuji joined them as Clemson Murn in December.[8]

Several recurring guests were also cast in December: Lochlyn Munro as Larry Fitzgibbon, Annie Chang as Detective Sophie Song, and Christopher Heyerdahl as Captain Locke.[8] In February 2021, several more recurring roles were cast: Elizabeth Ludlow as Keeya, Rizwan Manji as Jamil, Nhut Le as Judomaster, and Alison Araya and Lenny Jacobson as the couple Amber and Evan.[9][10][11] In late May, Freddie Stroma was cast to replace Conrad as Adrian Chase / The Vigilante, after Conrad left the series due to creative differences.[7]

FilmingEdit

By early November 2020, Gunn had arrived in Canada for a two-week quarantine before starting production on the series.[23] Filming began on January 15, 2021, in Vancouver, Canada,[15] under the working title The Scriptures,[24] with Michael Bonvillain serving as cinematographer.[25] Gunn chose to film in Vancouver because he wanted the series to be set in the Pacific Northwest, and because production would be safer since Canada was managing the pandemic better than the United States.[26] Gunn directed five of the series' episodes, with Jody Hill, Rosemary Rodriguez, and Brad Anderson each directing one.[14] Filming wrapped on July 11, which was the 131st day of production for the first season.[27]

MusicEdit

Gunn revealed in June 2021 that Clint Mansell and Kevin Kiner were composing the score for the series.[28]

ReleaseEdit

Peacemaker is scheduled to debut in January 2022 on HBO Max,[13] and consists of eight episodes.[1]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 11, 2020). "'Orange Is The New Black' Star Danielle Brooks Joins HBO Max 'Suicide Squad' Spinoff Series 'Peacemaker'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
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  7. ^ a b White, Peter (May 28, 2021). "'Peacemaker': Freddie Stroma To Replace Chris Conrad In HBO Max's 'Suicide Squad' Spinoff". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 28, 2021. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
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  16. ^ Gunn, James [@JamesGunn] (September 23, 2020). "True. It's also DC coming to me & saying, "If you could do a TV show about any character from The Suicide Squad, which one would you do 1st?" And I was like, "I've been having this idea about #Peacemaker..." I'm always driven by what excites me most creatively in the moment" (Tweet). Archived from the original on September 24, 2020. Retrieved January 17, 2021 – via Twitter.
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  22. ^ Gunn, James [@JamesGunn] (September 23, 2020). "I'm doing #Peacemaker in the time always allotted between #TheSuicideSquad & #GotGVol3. Normally I would have been taking more of a break in this space but it's Covid, I'm stuck at home, so I wrote a TV series" (Tweet). Archived from the original on September 24, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020 – via Twitter.
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  24. ^ "Production Weekly – Issue 1221 – Thursday, November 19, 2020 / 173 Listings – 38 Pages". Production Weekly. November 18, 2020. Archived from the original on November 18, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  25. ^ Gunn, James [@JamesGunn] (February 4, 2021). "Michael Bonvillain is shooting #Peacemaker for me and I'm loving working with him. Henry is shooting Flash, I believe, and then he'll be working with me again on Vol 3 later this year" (Tweet). Archived from the original on February 5, 2021. Retrieved February 5, 2021 – via Twitter.
  26. ^ Gunn, James [@JamesGunn] (February 8, 2021). "I wanted the show to take place in the Pacific Northwest, so it fits location wise. But the primary reasons is they've been better at managing Covid up here, so it's safer for the cast & crew" (Tweet). Archived from the original on February 8, 2021. Retrieved February 9, 2021 – via Twitter.
  27. ^ Gunn, James [@JamesGunn] (July 12, 2021). "And that's a wrap on Day 131 & Season One of #Peacemaker. Less than a year ago I pitched a vague pitch to @HBOMax - here we are 11 months later with 8 astounding episodes in the can. Cast & crew: I love you all. Thank you for putting your hearts & souls into this project" (Tweet). Archived from the original on July 13, 2021. Retrieved July 13, 2021 – via Twitter.
  28. ^ Gunn, James [@JamesGunn] (June 13, 2021). "It's funny you mention this because @iamclintmansell & Kevin Kiner are scoring #Peacemaker. I've wanted to work with them for a long time & I'm very excited about it" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 14, 2021. Retrieved June 14, 2021 – via Twitter.

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