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The Suicide Squad: John Cena Peacemaker explained

GamesRadar 23 July, 2021 - 11:06am

The comic book version of John Cena's Peacemaker from The Suicide Squad has a truly bizarre history both on and off the page

A semi-obscure character from comic books, the movie version of Peacemaker has already become something of a meme thanks to the glimpses we've gotten of Cena's performance, which splits the difference between the character's ultra-violent methods, and almost corny superhero sensibilities.

But what is Peacemaker's story in comics? Though he hasn't played a major role in comic books, the lesser-known character has a particularly interesting behind-the-scenes history dating all the way back to 1966, before he was even published by DC, along with ties to the seminal story Watchmen.

With an impending breakout role in The Suicide Squad and a planned streaming show on HBO Max, Peacemaker is poised to be one of DC's most surprising new hit characters, so we're here to break down everything you need to know about him and his role in the DC Universe.

At first glance, Peacemaker may seem a bit like DC's Punisher (though he does predate Frank Castle by a decade) - a violent, gun-toting vigilante with an almost inscrutable code of personal honor. But Peacemaker's past has some particularly dark twists that make him somehow even more bizarre and brutal than his most obvious comparison.

First appearing in 1966's Fightin' 5 #40, not from DC but from Charlton Comics (we'll explain in a moment), the original Peacemaker was Christopher Smith, a pacifist whose dedication to his idea of 'peace' led him to take up arms and violently suppress those he deemed warmongers alongside his peacekeeping organization the Pax Institute.

However, those origins were changed slightly when DC purchased the rights to the superheroes of Charlton Comics, including Peacemaker, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, The Question, Nightshade, Thunderbolt, and Judomaster. Designated as residents of Earth-4 in DC's Multiverse, the Charlton heroes were folded into DC continuity following the collapse of the Multiverse in 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Though he retained his look and some aspects of his character, the rebooted version of Smith, introduced in his own Peacemaker limited series, is a violent vigilante who has a psychological break when he discovers his father was secretly a Nazi who ran death camps during the Holocaust.

Believing himself to be haunted not just by the ghost of his Nazi father but by the ghosts of everyone he ever killed, Smith also believes his distinctive helmet is a receptacle for all those spirits - who sometimes speak to Smith and offer him wisdom or strategy.

Despite his mental state and extreme violence, Smith is recruited as an operative of shadowy DC organization Checkmate as an enforcer, though he quickly proved too erratic and violent even for them, apparently dying in a suicide mission against the villain Eclipso.

This is the version of Peacemaker on whom John Cena's portrayal in The Suicide Squad is apparently based - though assumedly with a slightly different background to account for the contemporary setting (he'd be too young to have a Nazi father in 2021) as inspiration for his seemingly contradictory extremist views.

Smith was briefly replaced as Peacemaker by an operative of a group called the Pax Institute (taken from Peacemaker's '60s adventures) named Mitchell Webb, however, he did eventually return from the dead and earn a bit of redemption working alongside Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle, the inheritor of another Charlton Comics identity.

Peacemaker has appeared in the DC Universe a few times since some of these aspects of continuity were dropped and rewritten in 2011's 'New 52' reboot, most notably in Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's Multiversity: Pax Americana one-shot (more on that shortly), and in Doomsday Clock, in which the DC Universe and the continuity of Watchmen crossed over.

Which brings us to Peacemaker's connections to Watchmen, and to a character many readers might be more familiar with than the long-dormant DC vigilante: the Comedian.

A hit since its initial publication in 1986-87, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' postmodern deconstruction of the idea of Silver Age superheroes has become a household name in the intervening decades thanks to its film adaptation, TV sequel, comic book prequel, and continued acclaim as a seminal work of modern comic books.

Many of the characters of Watchmen have also become popular on their own, especially the core cast of Nite-Owl, Silk Spectre, Ozymandias, Rorschach, Doctor Manhattan, and, of course, the Comedian. But the weird thing is, the cast of Watchmen was almost totally different, without any of the same characters.

Initially, Moore and Gibbons planned to use the characters DC purchased from Charlton Comics as the cast of their story. And though DC initially allowed the use of the Charlton characters for the mature, alt-universe story, the creators and publishers came to disagreement when DC incorporated the world of Charlton Comics into the DC Multiverse as Earth-4, with plans to subsequently bring the characters to the mainstream DC Universe.

As a result, Moore and Gibbons decided to use original characters who would not later appear in other DC stories, with the intent that Watchmen would stand alone (this concept was later totally undone when DC created the comic book prequel Before Watchmen, and when the Watchmen characters and DC heroes actually crossed paths in Doomsday Clock). 

To whit, they created analogs of the Charlton heroes they initially planned to use, with Blue Beetle becoming Nite-Owl, Nightshade becoming Silk Spectre, Thunderbolt becoming Ozymandias, The Question becoming Rorschach, Captain Atom re-envisioned as Doctor Manhattan, and finally, Peacemaker was remade as The Comedian.

Perhaps most interestingly, The Comedian, a violent vigilante who becomes a war criminal in Vietnam as well as a sexual predator, predates DC's reboot of Peacemaker as a violent extremist who, himself, committed war crimes as a US operative in the Vietnam war - meaning the remade Peacemaker and his own 'variant' (to borrow an MCU term for an alt-Universe version of a character) developed basically the same way at the same time.

Later, things came even fuller circle in the aforementioned one-shot Multiversity: Pax Americana, in which Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely re-established Earth-4 in DC continuity - and in which the new Earth-4's versions of the classic Charlton heroes are, essentially, dark reflections of their Silver Age counterparts inspired by the original intent of Watchmen.

Now, Peacemaker follows Comedian to the big screen, evolving the concept once again with John Cena's comically po-faced sincerity adding a whole different dimension to his bizarre personality. DC and Warner Bros. seem to be banking on Peacemaker as a breakout character from The Suicide Squad, with his own HBO Max streaming spin-off show in the works, and a return in comic books as part of a new Suicide Squad on the page.

In other words, you may not have heard of Peacemaker before, but you'll undoubtedly be hearing of him quite a bit from now on.

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Why Margot Robbie Slept Next To A Cardboard Cutout Of The Suicide Squad's John Cena... For Years

CinemaBlend 23 July, 2021 - 10:13am

John Cena made his WWE debut almost 20 years ago. For an entire generation he was the face of professional wrestling before he ever became the success in Hollywood that he now is. Whether John Cena was the wrestler people loved, or the one they loved to hate, it turns out that his previous career led to a potentially awkward situation with his Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie. As she apparently slept in the same room with a John Cena cardboard cut out for two years.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Margot Robbie told guest host Anthony Anderson that over a decade ago she dated a guy who was a big fan of John Cena, and actually had a cardboard cut out of the WWE superstar in his room. And so Robbie spent two years sharing a room with John Cena. As the actress explains...

I watched WWE when I was growing up. When I was a kid, I loved The Undertaker. And then obviously, when I was a teenager, I stopped watching. But then as a late teen, early 20s, I had a boyfriend who was obsessed with John Cena. So much so that he dressed as John Cena for his 21st birthday and had a cardboard cut-out of John Cena in his bedroom. So I slept in a room for two years with a life-size cardboard cut out of John Cena.

Margot Robbie says that she would occasionally wake up n the middle of the night and be startled by the cardboard John Cena in the dark before she remembered what it was. Anthony Anderson points out, quite rightly, that having a life size cutout of somebody in your bedroom as a grown man is potentially a little weird to begin with.

But if Margot Robbie had a John Cena cardboard cutout, it's really only fair that John Cena get a cardboard cutout of his own to share his room with, and they took care of that as part of the interview. Although if this ends up in the bedroom, I'm not sure how Cena's wife is going to feel. Check it out.

With John Cena's Peacemaker not only being a major character in The Suicide Squad but also getting his own HBO Max series, he's probably going to get his own cardboard cutout as well, meaning fans of John Cena will have an entire set of the thigs they'll be able to collect.

Of course, now I'm curious about Margot Robbie's ex-boyfriend. Did he have any clue back then that the girl he was dating would eventually get to be her own cardboard cutout? Did he ever buy one, or would that be really too weird?

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THE SUICIDE SQUAD’s John Cena Wears Peacemaker Costume to Promote Film

Yahoo Lifestyle 22 July, 2021 - 03:44pm

The Suicide Squad and director James Gunn explains he wanted to do the “ultimate, all time comic book movie.” The movie, as many of you know, is about a terrible group of supervillains. The US government uses them as fodder in blacks op missions—suicide missions. Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn from other DC Comics films, while it’s Cena’s first foray into that universe. Though Peacemaker is getting his own spinoff TV series.

Anyway, the almost 20 minute chat with the trio oozes charm. The conversation goes all over the place. There’s a story about Robbie’s ex-boyfriend having a life-size cardboard cutout of Cena in their bedroom. Then there’s Robbie’s pet rat named Rat Rat. Robbie met Rat Rat on the set of Suicide Squad, and she kept it (though she eventually had to give him away). And yes The Suicide Squad has actual rats, as well as lots of animated rats. One of the actual rat actors in the movie is named Crisp Rat, by the way. (Get it, like Chris Pratt?)

Then they talk about the wildest stunts Cena and Robbie did on set. And we can’t forget about discussing former Jimmy Kimmel Live writer Steve Agee playing King Shark on set. Plus they show off some new footage from the movie.

The Suicide Squad comes to theaters and HBO Max on August 6, 2021.

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James Gunn Hopeful John Cena's Peacemaker Will Land a Second Season

CBR - Comic Book Resources 22 July, 2021 - 02:15pm

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! alongside Cena and his The Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie, Gunn jokingly stated that Cena stole the outfit, which he happened to be wearing during the interview. "I just want to tell everybody that we have asked him, because after we shot The Suicide Squad, we shot the Peacemaker TV series," Gunn said, adding that he kept telling Cena to "quit taking the outfit."

"I know it doesn't look like it's that expensive, but these costumes are tens of thousands of dollars to put together," he added. "And we're hoping for a Season 2, and now HBO's not gonna give it to us, because we're overbudget." Cena concluded by saying he learned "if you just keep the costume on, they don't ask for it back."

Starring John Cena, who will also serve as a co-executive producer on the series, Peacemaker will explore the origin of the title character. However, Gunn previously made it clear that this doesn't mean it's a prequel to The Suicide Squad. Filming on Season 1 wrapped earlier this month.

Peacemaker has yet to receive a premiere date, but it's expected to arrive on HBO Max in January 2022.

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Margot Robbie Once Slept in a Room with a 'Cardboard Cut-Out' of John Cena Before They Met

Yahoo Entertainment 22 July, 2021 - 01:33pm

The Suicide Squad costars appeared on Wednesday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! alongside writer/director James Gunn, where Robbie, 31, recounted the hilarious story of why she slept in a room for two years with a life-size cardboard cut-out of Cena in the room.

"I watched WWE when I was growing up. When I was a kid, I loved The Undertaker. And then obviously, when I was a teenager, I stopped watching," she said. "But then, as a late teen, early 20s, I had a boyfriend who was obsessed with John Cena."

"So much so that he dressed as John Cena for his 21st birthday and had a cardboard cut-out of John Cena in his bedroom," Robbie shared.

As a result, she "slept in a room for two years with a life-size cardboard cut-out of John Cena in the room."

"And sometimes I'd wake up in the middle of the night and [gasp] and then I thought, 'Oh, it's just John Cena, it's okay,' " continued the two-time Academy Award nominee.

When they met to do The Suicide Squad — in which Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn and Cena, 44, makes his debut as Peacemaker — the actress wondered whether she should tell him about the cardboard cut-out story or if it would "be a weird way to start our working relationship and friendship."

But she ended up sharing the tale "five seconds into meeting him," adding playfully on the show, "Now I know there's very little to weird out this guy."

To level the playing field, guest host Anthony Anderson brought out a cardboard cut-out of Robbie as Harley, which Cena (who was dressed as his character) hilariously approached with an awkward, " 'Sup?"

Following his appearance in The Suicide Squad this summer, Cena — who also recently announced his imminent return to the WWE — is set to star in an HBO Max series titled Peacemaker, about his character in the DC Universe.

Gunn, 54, will write all eight episodes of the upcoming action-adventure-comedy series and will also direct several of them, Deadline reported.

While details of the plot have not been released, the streaming service said it will "explore the origins" of Peacemaker, a man who "believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it."

Gunn and The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran will serve as executive producers on the series, alongside Cena as a co-executive producer.

The Suicide Squad lands in theaters and on HBO Max Aug. 6, while Peacemaker the series will debut in January on HBO Max.

Margot Robbie has a "history" with one of her The Suicide Squad co-stars. Watch the Oscar nominee share the hilarious story behind her former sleeping arrangements in the video below.

James Gunn, Margot Robbie, and John Cena stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about The Suicide Squad stunts, pet rats, and more. The post THE SUICIDE SQUAD’s John Cena Wears Peacemaker Costume to Promote Film appeared first on Nerdist.

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James Gunn Says Superhero Movies Must Change to Stay Relevant

Screen Rant 22 July, 2021 - 01:17pm

Gunn would begin revisiting the superhero genre with his second directorial effort on the Rainn Wilson-led Super before properly breaking out with the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Guardians of the Galaxy and its 2017 sequel. Though initially set to swiftly return for the MCU threequel, Gunn faced a setback as he was fired from the film due to controversial tweets resurfacing, only for Marvel and Disney to reverse their decision amidst criticism from the cast and public. Their efforts came a bit too late as Gunn signed on with WB to write and direct the DC Extended Universe's stand-alone follow-up The Suicide Squad and subsequently created, wrote and mostly directed its HBO Max spin-off Peacemaker.

As time grows nearer for the latest genre effort from the writer-director, Gunn spoke with The Irish Times to discuss The Suicide Squad and his thoughts on the future of the superhero genre. Believing the current state of the films to be concerning, Gunn compared the genre's trajectory to another that once reigned supreme in Hollywood and expressed his thoughts on what needs to happen to avoid the same fate. See what Gunn had to say below:

Despite his concerns, the future clearly won't see the end of Gunn's reign in the superhero genre. With production set to begin on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 later this year as well as the holiday special in what is likely to be his final MCU outings, he's sure to go out on a high with the House of Mouse-owned studio. Until their arrivals in a couple of years, fans can look forward to The Suicide Squad's debut in theaters on August 5 and Peacemaker on HBO Max in January.

Source: The Irish Times

The Suicide Squad’s Jai Courtney Teases The Movie’s R-Rated Violence

CinemaBlend 22 July, 2021 - 09:14am

The DC Extended Universe’s last installment was Wonder Woman 1984, so fans can’t wait to dive back in with James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. The highly anticipated blockbuster will arrive in a matter of weeks, and will feature a handful of returning characters from David Ayer’s 2017 original. This includes Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, with the actor recently teasing the R-rated violence that’s coming to theaters.

Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang was part of the original Task Force X, chewing the scenery throughout the course of Daivd Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Fans were thrilled to see him returning in James Gunn’s upcoming DC debut, and it sounds like his boomerangs might be more deadly this time around. Courtney spoke about the upcoming movie’s contents, saying;

It’s crazy, dude. It’s so bizarre. James Gunn is an evil genius in a way and the movie is really something that is representative of what he is capable of. He really pushed the boundaries. He was basically given the keys and told, ‘Do whatever the fuck you want,’ and he did. It’s definitely very violent but it’s also really silly and funny and has immense core and heart to it.

Color me intrigued. It sounds like James Gunn and company really earned the R-rating for The Suicide Squad. Luckily for the fans, it won’t be long before we can see all the grisly battle sequences ourselves, balanced with real heart. Is it August yet?

Jai Courtney’s comments to Variety is sure to make the final wait for The Suicide Squad all the more painful. Everyone involved in the project has praised James Gunn’s unique vision, and the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker has been open about how Warner Bros. let him have creative freedom. And that includes the way he handles violence.

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James Gunn is a filmmaker who is known for putting his perspective into film projects. Everything from his taste in music, dance moves, and sense of humor have been used in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. And considering how much Gunn loves the characters of The Suicide Squad, the sky’s the limit regarding his vision. Literally, because the villain is a giant kaiju named Starro.

The original Suicide Squad was rated PG-13, so the violence was pretty tame throughout its runtime. But James Gunn won’t be held down by this, and his past in the horror genre should result in some wild, bloody kills. Gunn has been open about how there will be plenty of character deaths, with the movie’s massive cast providing plenty of meat shields for the more important characters.

The Suicide Squad will arrive in theaters on August 6th. In the meantime, check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.

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'Suicide Squad' director James Gunn thinks superhero movies are 'really dumb' and 'mostly boring' right now

Insider 22 July, 2021 - 12:00am

Gunn, who's helmed several Marvel films in addition to this latest DC movie, compared the current state of box-office hit comic-book adaptations to other genres that were once wildly popular and eventually fell out of fashion, such as Westerns and war movies.

"I don't know, I think you don't have to be a genius to put two and two together and see that there's a cycle to those sorts of films, you know and that the only hope for the future of the comic book and superhero films is to change them up," the director told the Irish Times.

He added: "They're really dumb. And they're mostly boring for me right now."

Gunn clarified that not all superhero films were boring to him and that he "loved them at the beginning," praising the visual effects of the early Superman movies he saw as a child and the first "Iron Man" film, which kickstarted the MCU.

"But if the movies don't change, it's gonna get really, really boring," Gunn said. 

Gunn is no stranger to changing up the formula of the superhero genre. The first two "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies, directed by Gunn, brought comedy and bright colors to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the success of that franchise helped transform the Marvel formula. Even on the DC side, Gunn has teased a change to that formula as well, summing up "The Suicide Squad" to Entertainment Weekly as a "war caper movie with s---ty supervillains."

"The Suicide Squad" director also told the Irish Times that he was inspired by the creators of "Watchmen," the artist Dave Gibbons and the writer Alan Moore, praising their imperfect superhero depictions.

"The costumes didn't fit the superheroes perfectly, and they had a little bit of a paunch," Gunn said. "They weren't all perfect bodies; they weren't all beautiful. When they fought, they were kind of getting in the stupid Bartleby thing of getting into bar fights.

He continued: "There are people trying to do some different things with superheroes. So it's not 100% a rule that everybody isn't, but a lot of superhero films are boring. And so for me, I think it's just about bringing in other elements."

To Gunn's point, superhero series such as HBO's "Watchmen" and Amazon Prime's "The Boys" have been praised by critics for bringing political elements into their stories about superheroes. 

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