Even with a ton of well-deserved attention being focused on his August-premiering The Suicide Squad, writer and director James Gunn doesn't have much (or any) time to rest- not when he's still working on his and HBO Max's spinoff series Peacemaker with John Cena returning to his "Suicide Squad" role. But because the two worlds have such a serious overlap, viewers get to learn a ton more details about the production. For example, earlier this week Gunn addressed what it was like filming with Peacemaker's "damn mirror ball" helmet and what they had to do to avoid being seen in the shots. That said, Gunn also stressed that he didn't have an interest in using CGI- and no one from the studio ever pressed for him to change it.
And for those of you who found Peacemaker's chest logo having pretty similar vibes to the Comedian's button from Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and John Higgins' Watchmen, Gunn offers a brief history lesson in Moore, DC Comics, and the Charlton heroes that almost ended up the characters in the classic comic book series to explain why:
Steve Agee (Super, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Brightburn) rejoins Cena and Gunn when he reprises his film role of John Economos, a warden of Belle Reve Federal Penitentiary and an aide to Viola Davis' Amanda Waller (the actor also portrays King Shark in the film). Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black) joins the series as Leota Adebayo, with Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) in the role of Auggie Smith. Jennifer Holland (Brightburn) reprises her film role of Emilia Harcourt, and Chris Conrad (Perpetual Grace) takes on the role of Adrian Chase aka Vigilante.
In addition, Chukwudi Iwuji (When They See Us) as Clemson Murn, Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale) as Larry Fitzgibbon, Annie Chang (Shades of Blue) as Detective Sophie Song, Christopher Heyerdahl (Togo) as Captain Locke, Nhut Le (Kroll Show) as Judomaster, and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow (The Walking Dead) and Rizwan Manji (Perfect Harmony) as recurring characters of Keeya and Jamil. Recently, Alison Araya (Riverdale) and Lenny Jacobson (Narcos: Mexico) have been tapped for the roles of the married couple Amber and Evan, respectively.
Gunn and The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran will serve as executive producers, with Cena as co-executive producer. Peacemaker will be produced by Gunn's Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros TV. Though specific details on the series are being kept under the same kind of wraps as the film, Peacemaker will explore the origins of the character that Cena will play in the upcoming film, a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. "I have said before that it has been a tremendous honor and an incredible opportunity to be part of The Suicide Squad and to work with James on what is going to be a fantastic movie," said Cena. "I am unbelievably excited to have the chance to team up with him again for Peacemaker. We can't wait for fans to see this."