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Caption: (L-r) DAVID DASTMALCHIAN as Polka Dot Man, JOHN CENA as Peacemaker, IDRIS ELBA as Bloodsport and DANIELA MELCHIOR as Ratcatcher 2 in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE SUICIDE SQUAD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Jessica Miglio/™ & © DC Comics

James Gunn Reveals “Peacemaker” Set Photos

Now our main image doesn’t come from James Gunn’s upcoming HBO Max series Peacemaker. No—the featured shot is from a little movie that introduces Peacemaker (John Cena) that we haven’t gotten a chance to see yet, Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.  Yet even though the film hasn’t premiered, Gunn, Cena, and their fellow cast and crew members are already working on the spinoff in Vancouver. Folks, it looks like they’re having a bit of a good time, no?

So who do we see in the photo? Clockwise left to right, we’ve got two characters from The Suicide Squad—Steve Agee as John Economos (better known as King Shark) and Jennifer Holland as NSA agent Emilia Harcourt. Next to Holland is Chris Conrad as The Vigilante, then Cena himself, then there’s Chukwudi Iwuji as Clemson Murn, Danielle Brooks, and Gunn himself. The details of the plot are, of course, under wraps.

As for The Suicide Squad, it’s something of a reboot of David Ayer’s 2016 film, although Gunn has assured potential viewers that being familiar with Ayer’s film is not a requirement in enjoying his. Gunn’s film is, according to the cast, a gonzo riff on 1970s war films in which no character is safe and no amount of craziness is off the table. The cast is absolutely bonkers. Joining Cena’s peace-loving but war-making Peacemaker are Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Viola Davis’s Amanda Waller, Idris Elba’s Bloodsport, Nathan Fillion’s T.D.K., Michael Rooker’s Savant, David Dastmalchian’s Polka-Dot Man, Alice Braga’s SolSoria, Pete Davidson’s Blackguard, Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, Sean Gunn’s Weasel, Peter Capaldi’s Thinker, and even Sylvester Stallone and Taika Waititi have roles. Once Gunn wrapped the film, Warner Bros. wondered if he had any spinoff ideas for their new streaming service HBO Max. The rest is soon-to-be-history, with Gunn whipping up a series for Cena’s character.

The Suicide Squad is due in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6, 2021, while Peacemaker is due to hit HBO Max in an eight-episode run in January of 2022.

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Featured image: Caption: (L-r) DAVID DASTMALCHIAN as Polka Dot Man, JOHN CENA as Peacemaker, IDRIS ELBA as Bloodsport and DANIELA MELCHIOR as Ratcatcher 2 in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE SUICIDE SQUAD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Jessica Miglio/™ & © DC Comics

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