While Suicide Squad leaves no legacy but disappointment, James Gunn’s version of The Suicide Squad not only manages to save DC’s quirky heroes but also introduces us to Peacemaker (John Cena) , a hero who’s really weird because he can say he’s willing to kill. anyone (including women and toddlers) for the sake of peace. The costumes used by Peacemaker are deliberately childish because, as we saw in The Suicide Squad, their behavior is the same. Christopher Smith aka Peacemaker is like a teenage boy trapped in the body of an adult male.
If you’ve watched The Suicide Squad, you’ll know that Peacemaker is still alive and being held by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). This time he gets punished for carrying out a secret mission with his boss Clemson Murn (Chukwudi Iwuji), the really tough Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland), the new kid Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks), the short-sighted John Economos (Steve Agee) and other people. who claims to be his sidekick who claims to be named Vigilante (Freddie Stroma). Even though they don’t wear superhero costumes (only two do) but don’t worry, they’re no weirder than the Suicide Squad gang.
At first Smith/Peacemaker thought this mission looked easy. Until finally he just found out that there is an alien named Butterfly (which is indeed shaped like a butterfly), entered humans and tried to dominate the Earth. This does not include his father, August Smith (Robert Patrick), who is not only violent but also a Nazi and the wounds of his past. Like any good series, James Gunn invites us to investigate further why this hero always tries to be funny and why he can’t move on from his trauma.
If you want something much fresher than the Marvel Cinematic Universe series (WandaVision, Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye) and much edgy, Peacemaker is the answer. Even from the opening credits (which is arguably one of the best opening credits I’ve seen lately), Peacemaker has introduced the tone that he will carry perfectly. Using Wig Wam’s song “Do Ya Wanna Taste It”, Peacemaker feels a lot like his line of actors dancing hilariously in the opening credits: colorful, wild, energetic, and not taking themselves too seriously. When you get to the title and the eagle (Eagly who is Peacemaker’s best friend), you’ll know you’re invited to another universe.
The eight episodes written by James Gunn (he directed five of the eight episodes) are full of Gunn’s signature who always manages to balance drama and comedy. Gunn can always make his characters say quirky dialogues in the midst of critical events and in Peacemaker you will find lots of moments like this. What makes these scenes fun is that all the actors on screen are desperately selling Gunn’s tone. The result is endless entertainment.
With an optimal duration (the longest episode is 46 minutes), Peacemaker manages to not only offer the typical tension of an action series but also introduces our main character further. The scenes that exist may not be as expensive as The Suicide Squad, but thanks to James Gunn’s totality for making this series an adult spectacle, there’s excitement to see real blood when the characters fight each other or kill each other. As a play, Peacemaker more than succeeds not only in reintroducing Peacemaker but also in telling audiences who Christopher Smith really is and why he became who he is.
This series is not a heavy drama but that does not mean the story is shallow. John Cena at Peacemaker managed to convince me he was an actor. All the actors in Peacemaker did play well and got their own spotlight according to their portion, but John Cena managed to provide a very three-dimensional image of Peacemaker. In action scenes, we don’t need to doubt his ability to remember his background. The comedy part is also unquestionable because even before The Suicide Squad Cena had tasted one or two comedies and managed to steal the show. But on the emotional front, Peacemaker may be the first time Cena has been required to provide more depth. And he doesn’t disappoint at all, especially in the last two episodes.
With a satisfying (and touching) conclusion and a good set-up, Peacemaker has finally succeeded in not only becoming a legacy of The Suicide Squad, but also becoming one of the shows I’ve been waiting for. If you are looking for a crazy spectacle specifically for adult audiences filled with various emotions, I highly recommend Peacemaker to accompany your days. At the end of the episode, I’m sure you’ll find some new friends you’ll miss.