“Number one, I really got along with John Cena. We became really good friends,” he revealed. “He’s a funny guy and I thought it would be fun to continue working with him.
“I also think that a lot of the other characters we saw in The Suicide Squad, we saw big changes in them. Ratcatcher-2 changed a lot. Bloodsport changed a lot. Polka-Dot Man changed a lot. Peacemaker kind of remained the unrepentant SOB that he was at the beginning of the movie and I knew that there was a lot deeper to go with the character.
“John and I had talked about where the character came from, who he was, who his father was, and all these different things that we didn’t get to see in the movie. So, I knew there was a lot more story there to explore.”
Moving on from their bromance, the filmmaker switched to how Peacemaker took advantage of the small-screen format.
“I do think that the TV format, it brings you a lot of freedom that film doesn’t. Film, is so short, you have to keep that plot going from scene to scene.
“In the Peacemaker show, we were able to take a lot of risks, a lot of chances, explore dramatic elements that we aren’t able to do in a movie, explore comedy in a way that we aren’t, and have incredibly long, incredibly high octane action sequences that take place in every single episode.
“It really just is everything I love: comedy, drama, action, all in one TV series that doesn’t take itself too seriously but in other ways takes itself very seriously,” added Gunn.
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