HBO Max’s Peacemaker has been the talk of the town for all the good reasons. Taking the world by storm, John Cena surprised the fans with his impeccable acting performance as the world’s biggest d-chebag. As a spin-off based on The Suicide Squad (2021), the series is set after the events of the movie where Peacemaker faces even a greater threat while battling his own personal demons from the past. A far cry from most superhero shows, Peacemaker sets a precedent with its unabashed humor, gratuitous violence, and not shying away from socio-political issues.
In the show, Cena’s character is shown to have an abusive upbringing owing to a white supremacist father. As a result, Peacemaker has some outdated ideologies which get challenged throughout the show. But interestingly, the character also seems to be progressive in a few areas, to the surprise of many. To further notch it up, James Gunn revealed that Peacemaker is also bi-sexual, making him the first in the DCEU. While Gunn is known for taking creative liberties from the source material, the director has also revealed that it was actually John Cena, who wanted the character to be bisexual.
“Peacemaker is an interesting character because he’s so f*****-up in so many ways, and then in other ways, he is kind of weirdly forward-thinking. John does improv all the time, and he just turned Christopher Smith into this hyper-sexualized dude that is open to anything sexually. I was surprised by that. But I thought, ‘I guess it makes sense that this guy isn’t one-dimensional.'” – James Gunn
Reportedly, John Cena Peacemaker is bisexual as a result of the character’s abusive childhood and further events which broadened his spectrum over the years. In the show, Peacemaker is shown to have an extremely high libido, often making unironical remarks on his own sexual prowess.
From the very first episode, it was hinted that Peacemaker might be bisexual as he engages in banter about Aquaman’s infamous rumor. However, that claim was confirmed in the seventh episode Stop Dragon My Heart Around, when Smith’s father, the White Dragon, tried to shame his son for being bisexual.
Despite the first reactions to Cena’s character as the world’s biggest d-uchebag in The Suicide Squad, the show humanized the anti-hero, in spite of all his flaws. Considering the character’s massive emotional growth and popularity, the series was renewed for a second season.
Peacemaker is now streaming on HBO Max.