When it comes to bringing obscure characters to the front, no one seems to have mastered the art better than James Gunn. After his critically and commercially acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios, Gunn was hired by Warner Bros. to direct the soft reboot of The Suicide Squad. Considering the movie’s success, the director further went on to create a spin-off TV series based on Peacemaker, played by the inimitable John Cena. Despite lacking the popularity of some of the DC’s A-list superheroes, Peacemaker was a thundering success. With strong performances by the lead actors and Gunn’s gratuitous usage of violence, the PG-17 show managed to win hearts for its gripping plotline and effective emotional scenes that pack a punch. As a result, it was quite inevitable that the show would be renewed for a second season.
Based on the titular character played by John Cena, Peacemaker is an interesting and experimental take on the superhero genre that has been saturated with formulaic plotlines. As the first season rushes towards its explosive finale, Peacemaker has once again demonstrated the craft of James Gunn, who has written all the episodes and directed five of them. With just a few hours left for the last episode, both James Gunn and John Cena have announced the renewal of the second season on Twitter. Unsurprisingly, the ace director was elated for the upcoming second season.
That’s right, #Peacemaker is coming back for Season Two. Thanks to Peter Safran, @JohnCena, our incredible cast & crew, our wildly supportive & lovely friends at @HBOMax – and mostly all of you for watching! @DCpeacemaker pic.twitter.com/wZSZBivrDQ
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 16, 2022
“Creating Peacemaker has been one of the true highlights of my life, both professionally and otherwise, with John Cena and the incredible creative team around me, as well as our partners at HBO Max. To have something we all love so much be loved by the audience in turn has been a wonderful experience. I can’t wait for folks to see where Team Peacemaker goes in Season Two!” – James Gunn
Similarly, John Cena, who took the world by storm with his impeccable acting performance as Christopher Smith/Peacemaker also shared his thoughts and show his gratitude. Interestingly, Cena had earlier auditioned for the role of Shazam, which later went on to Zachary Levi.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled by the response to Peacemaker and the experience of playing this character. Thank you to James Gunn, Peter Safran, HBO Max, the crew, and my castmates who worked tirelessly to make this unforgettable series.” – John Cena
Apart from Peacemaker, James Gunn has also stated that another spin-off TV series based on a character from The Suicide Squad is also in the works. For the second season, Gunn will be writing and directing all the episodes.
Peacemaker is now streaming on HBO Max.