HBO Max orders Suicide Squad spin-off series
September 24, 2020
By Nik Roseveare
HBO Max is set to explore the origins of the Peacemaker character, the master of weapons from the movie sequel The Suicide Squad.
HBO Max has given a straight-to-series order of eight episodes for the first season of the show, simply titled Peacemaker. John Cena, Hollywood actor and partially retired WWE superstar, will reprise his role from The Suicide Squad movie to star in the series, and the film’s writer/director James Gunn will write all eight episodes of Peacemaker and will direct multiple episodes, including the pilot.
Gunn and The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran will serve as executive producers of the series, with Cena as co-executive producer.
Based on characters from DC, Peacemaker will be produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. Peacemaker is scheduled to begin production in early 2021, prior to Gunn beginning work on the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie for Marvel Studios,.
Gunn commented: “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.”
Cena added: “I have said before that it has been a tremendous honour and an incredible opportunity to be part of The Suicide Squad and to work with James on what is going to be a fantastic movie. I am unbelievably excited to have the chance to team up with him again for Peacemaker. We can’t wait for fans to see this.”
“James Gunn has the unique ability to create an expansive universe while also bringing to life the soul and wit of each character. We look forward to a deep dive into the world of Peacemaker,” said Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer for HBO and HBO Max.