James Gunn and John Cena on Exploring a More Weak Side for Peacemaker on HBO Max Show

peacemaker The first three episodes are available for fans to watch live on HBO Max on Thursday, January 13.

The first TV show set in the DC universe follows John Cena’s Peacemaker suicide squad, With a character struggling with their inner demons while dealing with a new alien threat.

The peacemaker didn’t make the best first impression suicide squad, Given his presumed racist views, murderous nature and his determination to make peace, no matter who he has to kill – man, woman or child – to get by.

But peacemaker The character’s true beliefs serve to change this initial negative image by delving deeper into his psyche and showing him a more vulnerable side over the course of eight episodes.

Spoke with James Gunn and Lead Star Cena newsweek Regarding approaching the character in this way, the showrunner said that he felt it was “great fodder” for a TV show.

“Well, you know, there were a lot of things in it that I talked about on set with John,” Gunn explained. “It wasn’t stuff we see so much in the movie, we see moments of the Peacemaker where he’s feeling deeply sorry for his horrible actions. suicide squad,

“But John and I talked a lot about how his bravery was the way he tried to connect with other people, how it didn’t work out, how he felt isolated. And even The characters you think of as more awkward characters like the Polka Dot Man are actually more adept at fitting into group situations than the Peacemaker. They have no sense of group acceptance that the other characters have.

“And that isolation and that loneliness for Christopher Smith throughout the movie was something that we talked about again a lot, but you don’t see that much in the movie, and I thought it was too much for a long time. Good fodder. Story.”

Reflecting on the series’ central friendship, Gunn continued: “I also think he is a very current character in terms of his distant belief system, and the relationship between him and Daniel Brooks’ character Leota. [Adebayo], someone who holds a completely different belief system than him.

“These two characters are very different, and that to me is the central love story of the series. It’s not a romantic love story, it’s not a sexual love story, it’s real love, as two human beings.

“She sees what he believes to be who he really is, and sees that he’s like this stuff that he’s carrying around. And so I thought he was more present than the other characters because of him. Was.”

Cena said that he knew the audience had a “feeling” about his character that he was not very likable, adding: “Looking at the audience made a lot of sense. suicide squad Was ‘Why are you giving this d***** bag your show?’

“I guess I think a lot of people didn’t understand it, because the film is an ensemble cast and it happens so fast, and it’s so well crafted, but there were moments where you see That Peacemaker isn’t basically rotten… and I think it makes for an interesting story.”

He continued: “I like to hear [from] people who have seen suicide squad, like myself, and now saw peacemaker say in the past tense ‘he wasn’t my favorite character’, which means we see him now [in] peacemakerFor some reason, you want to root yourself for that guy.

“And I really chalk it up to the fact that we are all… the main type of mental block, which you want people to get better at.

“you require [them] To be the best of yourself, especially when they show you that they can. and I think peacemaker is a kind of journey and [I] Just wanted to see if this guy has the courage to climb the hills he needs to climb.”

Peacemaker launched its first three episodes on Thursday, January 13 on HBO Max, and then the show will air weekly.

John Cena as Christopher Smith aka Peacemaker in “Peacemaker”. The show airs on HBO Max starting Thursday, January 13.
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