Secrets of the Awesomely Eighties Glam-Metal Dance Party that Kicks Off ‘Peacemaker’

The Streaming Era of television has also proved to be the Skip Intro era, where binge-watchers are encouraged to jump past the opening credits of their shows and get right into the plot. And many shows of this era offer long and tedious main title sequences for which this function seems a godsend. (The first major streaming drama, House of Cards, had a coma-inducing credits sequence that almost singlehandedly inspired Skip Intro.) Then there are the intros that you will never, ever want to skip, like the awesomely cheesy title sequence for HBO Max’s Peacemaker, in which John Cena and friends...
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The Verge

Peacemaker actually knows how to exist in a cinematic universe

Warner Bros. went out of its way to make sure that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad wasn’t exactly looked at as a direct sequel to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad even though that’s what it was. In the case of HBO Max’s new Peacemaker spinoff series, though, the studio’s taking a much different approach to addressing the connections between its rather messy cinematic universe.
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New Movies + Shows to Watch this Weekend: ‘Peacemaker’ on HBO Max + More

Despite the fact that the holiday season just ended, we are already getting a three-day weekend this weekend thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday! Doesn’t help those still trying to jump back into the work mentality, but we can’t help but enjoy having another day to rest, relax and watch a whole bunch of entertaining TV. And whether you use Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or all of the above, your favorite streaming platforms are itching to fill that extra 24 hours with the best new movies and shows out there. The top new titles on streaming this weekend are impressive, but we advise checking out the freshest titles first. Here is what to watch this weekend and where to stream it.
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‘TV’s Top 5’: James Gunn on ‘Peacemaker’ and the Differences Between Marvel and DC

Welcome to the 150th episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as the case may be). To celebrate our milestone episode, Dan and I are doubling down on showrunner interviews. This week’s episode features a fun and insightful conversation with James Gunn about his HBO Max series, Peacemaker, and the differences in working for Marvel and DC. Then on...

James Gunn Wants You to Never Skip the Peacemaker Intro

Peacemaker showrunner James Gunn really wants you to watch the show’s intro. During an interview with Polygon, the 55-year-old Peacemaker director explained why the 1980s rock intro on Peacemaker is so important. “I really wanted to do a dance number where everybody was doing something incredibly ridiculous, and looked...

Peacemaker: Grade the First Episode of HBO Max's The Suicide Squad Offshoot

ARGUS isn’t done with Peacemaker just yet. And now that his kill-y services have been retained by the government organization, will you stay tuned to the antihero’s eponymous HBO Max series? Now streaming its first three episodes on HBO Max, Peacemaker‘s opening installment kicked off with a “Previously On” of key moments from 2021’s The Suicide Squad, which was written and directed by series creator James Gunn (who wrote/directed the premiere). Having recouped from the events of the DC team-up movie, Peacemaker aka Chris Smith (again played  by John Cena) slips out of the hospital and into a cab, unaware that someone...

James Gunn wants to ‘vanquish the skip’ intro button with Peacemaker’s musical opening credits

“Do you really wanna, do you really wanna taste it?”. If guitar riffs are already blasting inside your brain then you have clearly watched the Peacemaker opening sequence. If they aren’t, it’s worth stopping to go take a watch beforehand. The 1980s rock-inspired dance sequence takes up more than a minute of every episode, complete with flashing lights and dance moves equal parts showy and profane. To Wig Wam’s “Do Ya Wanna Taste It,” the cast of Peacemaker robotically moves from gorilla-like arm curls to pelvic thrusts.
Den of Geek

Peacemaker Is Another TV Bullseye for DC

This Peacemaker review contains spoilers. Peacemaker, the HBO Max spinoff of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, reminds viewers of it cinematic origins right from the start. Before even one new minute of the new TV series has aired, Peacemaker takes some time out for a “previously on” segment, bringing the show up to date with the events of the 2021 movie featuring DC Comics characters. Ruthless government suit Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) introduces Christopher Smith a.k.a. Peacemaker, a peace-obsessed jingoistic beefcake whose father trained him to kill from the moment he was born. We then see brief flashes of Peacemaker’s whole arc from the 132-minute film – from joining the titular Suicide Squad to killing dozens of criminal goons in Corto Maltese to murdering leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) on Waller’s orders to being near-lethally shot in the neck by Bloodsport (Idris Elba).

Why Peacemaker sticks to a ‘mirrorball helmet,’ according to James Gunn

At a distance, Peacemaker is clearly identifiable from a few details: His red, white, and blue get-up; a bright dove on his chest which symbolizes that peace is so important to him that he’d kill to get it; and a voice that really projects all his terrible opinions and theories throughout the world.

Peacemaker’s Vigilante isn’t anything like the comics by design

In the DC universe, Vigilante has been a lot of people: a Wild West hero with a red bandana for a mask; a former district attorney driven to violence after his family is murdered; an undercover cop with superpowers courtesy of an accelerator accident. He has only rarely been as...

‘Peacemaker’ Episode Guide: How Many Episodes of ‘Peacemaker’ Will There Be on HBO Max?

Justice, thy name is Peacemaker. Well, sorta. When you’re dealing with Peacemaker, you’re dealing with a musclebound dum dum who’s stuck in the ’80s and thinks the solution to everything is a snapped neck and/or a hail of bullets. But, uh, the guy’s heart is in the right place? And after seeing John Cena’s super vigilante come to life in The Suicide Squad last year, we now get to spend a whole season of TV watching this weirdo try his very best to do even better than his very best. He’s got his own show. The show is called Peacemaker. The show is on HBO Max, and it’s on HBO Max right now.

John Cena on ‘Peacemaker,’ the Opening Credits, and Why Filming His Underwear Action Scene Was Painful

With writer-director James Gunn’s Peacemaker now streaming on HBO Max, I recently spoke with John Cena about making the fantastic series. During the interview, he talked about filming the opening credits, how the fight sequence in his underwear was physically painful due to his inability to hide pads on the floor or in his costume, Peacemaker's relationship with Eagly, and more. In addition, he talked about the success of Vacation Friends and how excited he was to work with Matthew Vaughn on the upcoming spy movie Argylle.

Is Eagly A Real Eagle In Peacemaker?

When DC fans first saw "The Suicide Squad," they probably had no idea how James Gunn would expand the universe further with the "Peacemaker" TV series, with John Cena reprising his role as the titular chrome-domed antihero. The show follows Peacemaker (aka Christopher Smith) as he's recruited into Project Butterfly,...

Peacemaker's James Gunn: A Batman Slam Almost Didn't Pass Muster at DC

Of all the insults and (sometimes very) sordid gossip that Peacemaker directs at fellow superheroes in his eponymous HBO Max series, it is a dig at the Dark Knight that most raised hackles over at DC. In the fourth episode of the Suicide Squad offshoot (streaming Thursday, Jan. 20), Peacemaker (played by John Cena) again trades barbs with his father’s next door neighbor (Mel Tuck), who claims that Peacemaker ain’t no hero if he kills people — unlike Batman. Peacemaker stops in his tracks, spins around and snaps, contending that Batman never crosses that line because “he’s a p—y! ” He then...

The Cast and Crew of HBO Max's 'Peacemaker' Headed to Vancouver for Filming

For the first time ever, the DC Extended Universe is venturing into the television industry with the spinoff series Peacemaker. Following the events of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, the series explores the origins of Christopher Smith/Peacemaker (John Cena), a ruthless killer keen on doing anything and everything to achieve peace, even if that means slaughtering any men, women, and children in his way.

HBO Max Is 20% Off Just in Time for Peacemaker

Here’s some good news for anyone interested in streaming deals: right now, new and returning customers can save 20% off an HBO Max subscription. The deal arrives just in time to watch Peacemaker, the new show based on the delightful (yet murderous) Suicide Squad character played by John Cena. The offer ends January 25, so grab it if you want it.

‘Peacemaker’ Star Danielle Brooks Explains Those Wild Opening Credits, and Her Character’s Shocking [SPOILER]

SPOILER WARNING: This story discusses major plot points in the first two episodes of “Peacemaker,” currently streaming on HBO Max. When Danielle Brooks first signed on to the new HBO Max series, “Peacemaker,” she was thrilled to be stepping into a DC Comics adaptation, a genre that to date has not made much space for women who look like her. She loved that the show’s executive producer, writer, and director James Gunn — who created the show as a spin-off from his 2021 feature “The Suicide Squad” — wrote Brooks’ role, Leota Adebayo, specifically with her in mind. And she relished the...