In the second trailer for Peacemaker on HBO Max, the former Suicide Squad member makes insensitive remarks about Wonder Woman, his teammates and more.
A new trailer for Peacemaker proves that Christopher Smith may be the most crass character in the DC Extended Universe.
The second trailer for the HBO Max series shows Smith (John Cena), first seen in 2021’s The Suicide Squad, in his Peacemaker uniform and new helmet, speaking to a classroom full of young children. The class’s guest speaker proceeds to tell them all about weaponry and boasts some false statements about his previous exploits during his last DCEU appearance, as well as making a bold claim about Wonder Woman. However, that is only the first few seconds of the trailer, and Smith’s filter still does not make an appearance throughout the rest of it.
The trailer showcases Peacemaker interacting with his new team which — like Task Force X aka the Suicide Squad — “doesn’t officially exist,” according to newcomer Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks) in the trailer. The character’s foul and filterless mouth continues to run with each of them though as Smith flirts with and makes blunt observations about Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland), catcalls a waitress and more. In addition, the trailer shows off more of Freddie Stroma’s Vigilante, who seems to be the only teammate that shares in Peacemaker’s mannerisms and ideology, but fails to be helped by the antihero while undergoing excruciating torture.
Peacemaker is the first series to release that will be officially in the DCEU. The show picks up after the end credit scene of director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which saw Smith in the hospital as a result of being fatally wounded by Squad member Bloodsport. The scene teased that the Squad’s handler, Amanda Waller, had future plans for Peacemaker, who has now been sent to work with Clemson Murn (Chukwudi Iwuji) alongside Harcourt and John Economos (Steve Agee), who worked for Waller in the previous film.
Cena has previously discussed how Peacemaker will explore the “dysfunction of family” as Smith interacts with his team and his father. The actor-wrestler praised the story of the series, saying, “I never want to tell people how to feel or think when they watch something, but I really love the fact that it hits on a lot of stuff about what family means to us, searching for approval of others, how to live your life, and nature versus nurture and how we’re raised.”
Gunn returns to serve as showrunner and director on the new series. He has previously referred to the show as almost being The Suicide Squad 2, having the same energy as the film, which earned much praise from audiences and critics. Gunn has also said that he does not believe he is done with the villains of DC Comics quite yet, with the director confirming that he is working on another unannounced project on social media in October.
You can give Peacemaker a chance when it drops on HBO Max Jan. 13, 2022.
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