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Peacemaker
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"Peacemaker, what a joke" Rick Flag.
“Are you sure about that?” James Gunn.
Genre: Action
Black comedy
Drama
Superhero
Running Time: 39–46 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: January 13, 2022 – present
Network(s): HBO Max
Created by: James Gunn
Distributed by: WarnerMedia Direct
Starring: John Cena
Danielle Brooks
Freddie Stroma
Chukwudi Iwuji
Jennifer Holland
Steve Agee
Robert Patrick
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 8


Peacemaker is an American superhero 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 and a spin-off from the 2021 film The Suicide Squad, the series further explores jingoistic killer Christopher Smith/Peacemaker.

Plot

After recovering from the injuries he suffered during the events of The Suicide Squad (2021), Christopher Smith/Peacemaker is forced to join the mysterious A.R.G.U.S. black ops squad "Project Butterfly”. They are on a mission to identify and eliminate parasitic butterfly-like creatures who have taken over human bodies around the world.

Why It Rocks

  1. The idea of making a spin off show about a minor character may sound like a bad idea but the result really paid off, another creative risk taken by James Gunn.
  2. The show focuses on DC’s most unpopular characters and unpopular storylines such as Peacemaker and the White Dragon.
  3. Amazing cast despite the fact that many of them aren’t big actors:
    • John Cena continues his role as Peacemaker and he’s even better now as he explores more emotions.
    • Danielle Brooks brings a great chemistry as Leota Adebayo with Peacemaker in their friendship
    • Freddie Stroma brings a funny role as Vigilante.
    • Chukwudi Iwuji has a great role with the acting of being cold blooded but hot tempered at the same time.
    • Jennifer Holland returns from The Suicide Squad and she puts a great role in the show in terms of acting and action thanks to her old Gymnastic classes.
    • Steve Agee also returns from The Suicide Squad, and he brings great acting and his character is more fleshed out here.
    • Robert Patrick does a great job as a villain you might despise him so much for it.
  4. Amazing soundtrack, with James Gunn making good use of hair metal such as “Do you wanna taste it ?”
  5. The intro of the show is amazing, it was well made so that viewers do not skip the intro and to many viewers James Gunn succeeded as you will find yourself watching it no matter what.
  6. Great sense of humor, with it being similar to that of Johnny Bravo but more mature.
  7. The show makes fun of superhero logic, specially the DC ones such as Batman not killing anyone.
  8. Unlike most shows and movies, the end credits of the show aren’t teasers to the next episode, but rather a funny deleted scenes.
  9. Lots of amazing characters with some new and some returning:
    • Peacemaker gets lots of character development with a touching backstory, his bisexuality actually turns the feud with his father bigger.
    • Leota Adebayo, Amanda Waller’s daughter who’s secretly forced to spy on Peacemaker and A.R.G.U.S. agents.
    • Vigilante is a very great comic relief with some amazing action scenes by him and being a good sidekick to Peacemaker.
    • Clemson Murn, the leader of Project Butterfly with a great plot twist on his identity.
    • Emilia Harcourt, who’s a member of A.R.G.U.S. and she can be badass on her own terms.
    • John Economos, while the character is used in the show for jokes about fat people, the character is great as he shows that fat people aren’t useless and have feelings too, without encouraging people to stay fat, something rare in movies/tv shows.
    • August "Auggie" Smith / White Dragon may appear at first as a grumpy old man but he’s actually a white supremacist who hates his son.
    • Eagly, Peacemaker’s Eagle companion, he’s cute but deadly as well.
    • Goff, leader of the butterfly aliens who can be terrifying.
  10. Lots of sad moments such as Peacemaker seeing Eagly die or when he’s praying for forgiveness for killing his brother.
  11. There are lots of connections to not just the DCEU, but to DC in general, even those who don’t know either will enjoy and understand them.
  12. Amanda Waller finally gets exposed to the public for her crimes, and the fact that her daughter does it makes it even more satisfying.
  13. Very chilling ending for the season 1 finale.
  14. EAT PEACE MOTHERFUCKER !

Bad Qualities

  1. The relationship between Peacemaker and Emilia Harcourt can feel forced a bit since there’s not much development on it, we might get more development on the second season however.
  2. Some changes were made that are different from the comics, though most of which paid off.
  3. Some sad scenes get ruined by jokes, even if the jokes are funny.
  4. The Justice League cameo, while good, only Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller return as Aquaman and The Flash, with Superman and Wonder Woman return as stand-ins (though not as bad as the Shazam cameo) while Batman and Cyborg weren’t in the scene at all.
    • According to James Gunn, Batman and Cyborg were going to be in the scene but were asked to be removed, most likely due to upcoming projects.
    • James Gunn wasn’t expecting any of the cast to appear at all due to the budget, however Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa agreed after knowing their role and found it funny.

Reception

The show received positive reviews from critics and fans, with many praising for the story, action, humor and for focusing on one of DC’s lesser known characters.

The title sequence met with critical acclaim with TV Guide's Matt Roush stating that it "perfectly captures the tongue-in-bloody-cheek spirit" of the series.

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