The DC Universe continues to grow with another upcoming adaptation of one of its (anti) heroes. We round up all the latest news about the Peacemaker TV show that’s heading to your screens soon.

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When is the release date for the Peacemaker TV show? 

While there’s no specific premiere date as yet, HBO Max chief Casey Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter that Peacemaker is set to debut in January 2022.

The show’s creator, James Gunn, confirmed via his Twitter feed on July 13 2021 that shooting has finished for season 1, with "8 astounding episodes in the can," so it can’t be too long now.

You can get a first look at the squad in action with the first still from the TV show below:

What is the plot of the Peacemaker TV show?

Spoilers for The Suicide Squad movie

Whilst it hasn't officially been confirmed, we assume that Peacemaker will take place after The Suicide Squad. In this film, Peacemaker works alongside his teammates on the mission they've been assigned: to destroy all evidence of Project Starfish. 

However, when Rick Flag discovers that the US government has been complicit in the experimentation of children for Project Starfish, he decides that the proof should be released to the public. 

Peacemaker believes that this would cause chaos in the country, and consequently tries to take the drive so he can destroy it on behalf of Amanda Waller. When Rick Flag tries to stop him, the two fight and Peacemaker kills Flag. 

Ratcatcher 2 overhears everything, and manages to steal the drive. Eventually, Peacemaker catches up to her and attempts to kill her as well. However, Bloodsport arrives on the scene in the nick of time, shoots Peacemaker and leaves him for dead underneath the rubble of Jotunheim.

However, the post-credits scene reveals that Peacemaker had been recovered from the rubble by Waller's team, in case the world needed saving once again. The scene ends with him lay in a hospital bed, which we assume will lead directly into the HBO Max series. 

The events of the film showed Peacemaker's true colours - he's ultimately concerned about the greater good, even if that means betraying those around him. In addition, he's loyal to the government.

James Gunn elaborated on this in an interview with Empire Magazine. Speaking about the character, he said: "He’s not a good guy. And he wears the goofiest costume you’ve ever seen in your life."

In terms of what appealed about this sort of ‘hero’, Gunn told Empire, "Peacemaker has a clear set of ideals that I find really interesting… You know: ‘I want peace no matter how many men, women and children I need to kill to get it.’ Sounds like nonsense, but it also makes a lot of sense. And you see in John’s performance how he does not feel good about it – something I thought was the seed of an entire eight-episode show."

In keeping with a series that has a villain as its protagonist, it seems that the show will be dark and possibly even uncomfortable viewing as it explores the side of society that has been brought out into the public in the last few years.

"He represents a part of the world populace that is problematic to say the least," Gunn told Empire, "and puts him in a situation where he has to face the choices he’s made throughout his life and the extremity of his views."

Guardians of the Galaxy it isn’t then.

In the same article, the star of the show, John Cena, shared his thoughts on the man he portrays, "This guy is a loud, obnoxious, bro-ey douchebag… That sucks. But why? At what point did he become such a douchebag and what does that mean? There’s a lot to dive into there."

Cena gave viewers a glimpse of his costume in an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show where he also discussed the character. Here’s the clip:

The character has been around since 1966 in DC Comics, so there’s plenty of material to draw from, but whether Gunn tells an origin story or carries on from the end of The Suicide Squad will remain a mystery for a little longer.

Is there a trailer for Peacemaker?

Yes! We know have our first look at Peacemaker, in which the group meet for the first time, and we get a glimpse of the star's pet eagle.

We expect more footage (perhaps a full trailer) to debut at DC Fandome, which John Cena will be a part of.

Who are the cast and crew of Peacemaker?

Here’s the roster for the upcoming TV show:

  • Peacemaker – John Cena
  • John Economos – Steve Agee
  • Leota Adebayo – Danielle Brookes
  • Captain Locke – Christopher Heyerdahl
  • Emilia Harcourt – Jennifer Holland
  • Clemson Murn – Chukwudi Iwuji
  • Judomaster – Nhut Le
  • Auggie Smith – Robert Patrick
  • Adrian Chase/Vigilante – Freddie Stroma
  • Larry Fitzgibbon – Lochlyn Munro
  • Sophie Long – Annie Chang
  • Amber – Alison Araya

James Gunn is the writer and directs five of the eight episodes, while the others are helmed by Jody Hill (The Righteous Gemstones, Vice Principals), Rosemary Rodriguez (Jessica Jones, The Walking Dead) and Brad Anderson (Titans, Treadstone). 

Where can I watch Peacemaker?

HBO Max will be the home for Peacemaker, so if you’re in the US then you’ll need a subscription to the streaming service. As it’s not available outside North America, it’s most likely that UK and other territories will turn to service such as Sky or Now which host many of the HBO shows. You can also read our how to watch HBO Max in the UK for alternative ways of seeing the show.

In the meantime, you’ll want to get up to speed by seeing the character in his movie debut. So, take a look at our guide on how to watch Suicide Squad in the UK, as it should also apply to most parts of the world.