'Peacemaker': 5 things to know about DC spin-off series starring John Cena
John Cena's Peacemaker was one of the new introductions in James Gunn's 2021 film 'The Suicide Squad'. The director began working on a spin-off series and completed writing the eight episodes while working on the movie. The series follows the origins of Peacemaker who believes in achieving peace at any cost. Cena reprises his role from the movie and the early critic reviews were mostly positive. The Hollywood Reporter labeled the series as "as equally interested in provoking giggles at exploding heads or dick jokes as it is in wringing tears for its poor tragic weirdos."
Gunn also directed five of the episodes and the spin-off is the first DC content to release in 2022. The trailer sees some trademark Gunn style — a perfect blend of action and comedy, and not to mention, some explicit language to boot. Ahead of the series' release, here's everything you need to know.
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When does 'Peacemaker' release?
'Peacemaker' is set to release January 13, 2022, on HBO Max. The show drops three episodes on the day followed by one new episode every week until February 17.
What is the DC spin-off all about?
The official synopsis reads, "Peacemaker is a live-action series that follows Christopher Smith AKA Peacemaker, an extremist murderer who believes he's on a quest for peace, killing anyone and everyone to achieve his ultimate goal."
Who stars in it?
John Cena reprises his role as Christopher Smith/Peacemaker. Joining him is Steve Agee as John Economos, Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo, Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith, Jennifer Holland as Agent Emilia Harcourt,
Freddie Stroma as Adrian Chase/Vigilante, and Chukwudi Iwuji as Clemson Murn. The recurring cast includes Lochlyn Munro as Larry Fitzgibbon, Annie Chang as Detective Sophie Song, and Christopher Heyerdahl as Captain Locke.
James Gunn wrote and directed five episodes of the show. He also executive produces the show alongside Peter Safran and Matt Miller.