Whatever the suits at Warner Bros. are seeing of James Gunn’s reboot/retool/sequel/not-sequel The Suicide Squad, they must be loving it. They have handed out a straight to series order from HBO via Warner Bros. TV for Peacemaker. This is based on John Cena’s character in the movie.
Cena will play the title role and eight episodes are in the order. Gunn himself will Exec Produce, write and direct some episodes.
Peacemaker believes in peace, above all and at any cost. He does not care how many people he kills and how much destruction he causes to deliver that peace.
This will fit into Gunn’s schedule before he returns to Marvel to work on Guardians Of The Galaxy 3. That means first half of 2021. The Suicide Squad is currently holding an August 2021 date but who knows anymore what will happen?
Gunn was included in the HBO statement:
“Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag. I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series. And of course, to be able to work again with John, Peter, and my friends at Warner Bros. is the icing on the cake.”
DC and Warner Bros. are really pushing the buttons on these shared universes including TV now. There are three other planned TV expansions of an Warner’s movie title in the pipeline. Dune is getting a miniseries based on the Bene Geserit. The Batman gets a Gotham PD focused prequel and Wonder Woman is getting Themyscira, which I am pretty sure won’t include any of the kind of action I want to see on an island exclusively occupied by beautiful women.