This show comes as a welcome surprise after the box office implosion of James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” which had nothing to do with the quality of the film and everything to do with the fact that an R-rated film in a franchise whose previous installment underwhelmed didn’t have much room to succeed during a global pandemic.
If you are a fan of that film, you will be pleased that “Peacemaker”, which is a direct continuation of “The Suicide Squad”, is more of the same. It follows Christopher Smith/Peacemaker (John Cena) as he is recruited by agents of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) to kill people with extraordinary abilities (who might not be human) labeled as butterflies.
Working with Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) and other agents who defied Waller in “The Suicide Squad”, as well as the mercenary Clemson Murn (Chukwudi Iwuji) and Waller’s daughter, Leota Adebayo (Daniella Brooks), Peacemaker goes on one misadventure after another over the course of his ongoing mission. We also meet his best friend and fellow “hero”, Adrian Chase/Vigilante (Freddie Stroma) and Peacemaker’s racist father, August (Robert Patrick), who created his Peacemaker helmets that each have different powers.
This show isn’t for everyone, as it’s very crass and there is full-on nudity — Gunn takes full advantage of the freedom streaming gave him. But its first three episodes are also a hilarious ride that doesn’t take itself too seriously, much like the film it’s following up.
Cena is great as our lead and really sells the show, which leans into the bizarre tendencies of the D-list antihero. It makes me want to see more of him in film.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first three episodes of this show, and am eagerly awaiting episode 4.