‘Peacemaker’ Red Band Trailer: John Cena Is A Killer For Peace

Even though The Suicide Squad failed to be a huge hit at the box office, it was one of the most heavily viewed films on HBO Max in 2021.James Gunn quickly left his mark on the DCEU with the irreverent, R-rated superhero flick, and he’s taking that to the next level with Peacemaker, a spinoff centering on the walking contradiction that was John Cena’s character.

Peacemaker aka Christopher Smith was one of the dirt worst that Task Force X had to offer in The Suicide Squad, ultimately betraying his team and being left for dead. The series picks up after those events, when he’s sent on another mission that will go wildly out of control. But it’s also an exploration of his origins and his unusual philosophy, which is to do literally anything, including kill wantonly, to achieve peace.

Joining Peacemaker is a ragtag group, including a couple of people who are doing their penance for betraying Amanda Waller in The Suicide Squad. And as we see in the footage, Peacemaker also has a trusty bald eagle sidekick capable of doing some serious damage. We also see Robert Patrick as Peacemaker’s father, Auggie Smith, Danielle Brooks as Adebayo, Freddie Stroma as Vigilante, Jennifer Holland as Harcourt, Steve Agee as Economos, Chukwudi Iwuji as Murn, and Nhut Le as the ridiculous Judomaster.

Peacemaker hits HBO Max for eight episodes beginning January 13th.

PEACEMAKER will explore the origins of the character that John Cena first portrayed in James Gunn’s 2021 film, “The Suicide Squad” – a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. Gunn wrote all eight episodes of PEACEMAKER and directed five, including the first. Gunn, Peter Safran, and Matt Miller serve as executive producers on the series, with Cena as co-executive producers. Based on characters from DC, PEACEMAKER is produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.