As per the report, HBO Max has ordered to series a spin off from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad starring John Cena as Peacemaker. Gunn announced the news earlier this evening, sharing some promotional art on Twitter:
I'm over-the-moon excited to be working on #PEACEMAKER with my pals @JohnCena & #TheSuicideSquad producer Peter Safran on this new @hbomax original series from @warnerbrostv @DCComics pic.twitter.com/EsAkOVXB44— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 23, 2020
The streamer has given Peacemaker an eight-episode straight-to-series order for its first season with Gunn director writing all episodes and directing a number of them.
The show is set to explore the origins of the character that Cena plays in the 2021 movie. Fans got their first look at The Suicide Squad last month during DC FanDome with a special behind-the-scenes featurette which you can watch in the player below:
Gunn will executive produce the series alongside The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran. The series 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 next Guardians of the Galaxy film.
The character was created by Joe Gill and Pat Boyette and first appeared in the Fightin’ 5 series originally owned by Charlton Comics. Peacemaker is a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.
Returning from Suicide Squad are Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg) and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang).
Officially joining them are David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi,, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchoir, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker.
The Suicide Squad is due for release on August 6, 2021 release date.