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Will John Cena Appear in Black Adam? Peacemaker Star Making an Appearance Leaves Door Open for The Rock to Team Up With John Cena

peacemaker in black adam

Of the significant events spiraling around DC’s new film, Black Adam, the appearance of a central Peacemaker character in it is now making the rounds. Dwayne Johnson’s DCEU debut movie is nothing short of extraordinary by the looks of it and the star is holding nothing back in promoting his superhero launch.

Besides the speculations about restoring Henry Cavill from the SnyderVerse to his rightful throne, it seems The Rock is also planning to tie in the broader AyerVerse and the James Gunn sequel by bringing in Amanda Waller and a Peacemaker character.

The Rock claims his rightful place in the DCEU hierarchy in his anti-heroic Black Adam
The Rock establishes the DCEU hierarchy with Black Adam

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Will Peacemaker Be in Black Adam?

Known for their infamous on-screen rivalry during their time in WWE, John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had frequented the wrestling ring to rile up some chaos among the fans. Now, with their past lives behind them, both stars have found fame in the world of cinema and acting and have the possibility, now more than ever, of coming in close contact with each other as both have taken up an integral role in the DC franchise universe.

John Cena as Peacemaker

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John Cena’s Peacemaker, who made an impressionable and unnervingly good debut in James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad, could very well be making a cameo appearance in The Rock’s Black Adam but considering the star is currently shining bright under the spotlight of his solo HBO Max series, it is unlikely that he would be asked to rain on his former colleague’s parade this early on in the narrative of his DC arc.

Will John Cena & Dwayne Johnson Team Up in Future DCEU Projects?

The DC Extended Universe is now under the knife with David Zaslav holding the scalpel. As projects get shelved or removed or shipped out, DC Films is gearing up for the massive launch of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam, the only major comic book solo superhero movie that the fans of the DCEU franchise are getting since the fateful April 2022 merger of AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery.

Black Adam trailer promises a radically high-octane DCEU film
Black Adam promises a more interconnected DCEU future

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So while the possibility of having a team up or face off seems like a distant possibility, given the demolition and rebuilding process of the franchise, it is not an entirely impossible dream. David Zaslav has been clear about his interconnected DC universe plans spanning the course of 10 years, and in such a universe, it would be lackluster to not have a team-up of two of the best anti-heroes that the world has seen in a long time.

Moreover, Black Adam has announced the appearance of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) from the Task Force X universe and Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) from The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker. This already establishes a connection between DCEU’s Black Adam and Peacemaker worlds clashing in close proximity, and the soft launch of a significant character into the broader and interconnected universe has been known to happen more than once in the CBM world.

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Black Adam vs. Superman – How Henry Cavill Will Fight and Beat The Rock

The prodigal son has returned! Or at least, by the multiple winks and smirks and teases from the Black Adam star, Dwayne Johnson, it almost seems like a very real possibility at the moment. Although no news of the return and re-entry of DCEU’s poster boy, i.e. Superman aka Henry Cavill has been confirmed, The Rock has been vehemently and incessantly hinting at the same with robotic precision and repetition of the statement — “the most powerful and unstoppable force in this entire universe has been on the sidelines for too long.”

Amid his word-for-word replay of the teasing suggestion throughout his multiple interviews, The Rock was asked about how a fight between Superman and Black Adam would take shape. To this, the actor claimed, “I think Black Adam lands the first punch. Now, I don’t know if Black Adam lands the last punch.” 

Man of Steel
Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel

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Although it’s clear at this point that The Rock is just as much a DC and Superman fanboy as the rest of us, his influence only extends so far when it comes to his on-screen alter ego. Known to be blessed with the power of ancient gods, the anti-heroic Black Adam has been known to go up against Superman and his archnemesis, Shazam. If Henry Cavill does return to the DCEU as the Man of Steel, it might not be too long before a face-off of legendary proportions can be witnessed between the two comic characters.

Peacemaker Season 2 Updates – Release Date, Plot Details, Cast

Not much is currently known about the release of the hit HBO Max spin-off series, Peacemaker. But on the brighter side, James Gunn will reportedly write and direct all seven episodes of Season 2 of the psychopathic saga. After waging a war against mind-controlling butterflies, it looks like John Cena’s Peacemaker will be back for more action, but not before Gunn is finished with his MCU blockbuster and sign-off tribute, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

James Gunn
James Gunn will return to direct Peacemaker Season 2

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As far as the plot goes, the season might tug at familial threads and the residual guilt that Cena’s character harbors for killing his father, Auggie. Gunn had previously claimed, “The most important thing for me in the first season was who Peacemaker was and where was he going — what was his personal journey?… So I know where Peacemaker starts and where he ends.”  One can only assume that the director will follow through with seeing that character arc all the way to a hilariously cinematic and deserving finale.

Peacemaker Season 2 will feature John Cena as Christopher Smith, Freddie Stroma as Adrian Chase, Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo, Jennifer Holland as Emilia Harcourt, and Steve Agee as John Economos among the regulars. Cameo appearances from Viola Davis and Robert Patrick could also be expected in their roles as Amanda Waller and August Smith.

Peacemaker Season 1 is currently streaming on HBO Max.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.