While completing work on The Suicide Squad movie last year, James Gunn began writing a spin-off TV series centred on the origins of Peacemaker, portrayed by Cena. Gunn describes the character as:
“He 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 way we get to know some of the other characters. And so that’s what the whole show is about.”
Here’s the trailer:
HBO’s blurb for the series reads:
“A new team and a new mission. All in the name of peace. The origin of the DC superhero so dedicated to world peace that he is prepared to use force of arms to achieve it.”
The cast includes Cena alongside Steve Agee, Danielle Brooks, Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland, Freddie Stroma, and Chukwudi Iwuji, plus Lochlyn Munro, Annie Chang, Christopher Heyerdahl, Elizabeth Ludlow, Rizwan Manji, and Nhut Le as “Judomaster”.
At least one episode is directed by filmmaker Brad Anderson (director of the movies Next Stop Wonderland, Happy Accidents, Session 9, The Machinist, Transsiberian, Vanishing on 7th Street, The Call, Stonehearst Asylum, Beirut, Fractured).
The series is based on the Peacemaker character created by Joe Gill and Pat Boyette.
HBO will premiere the Peacemaker series streaming on HBO starting January 13th.