Thanks to John Cena's breakout performances as Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad and HBO Max's Peacemaker, the character has gone from a footnote in DC lore to a bona fide household brand. The character has been a staple in comics for some time now, and he's even got his own six-issue series. DC announced (via Popverse) on Thursday that their Black Label imprint will be publishing a new series titled Peacemaker Tries Hard! Kyyle Starks (I Hate This Place, Assassin Nation) will be writing the series, with Steve Pugh (Flintstones, Harley Quinn: Broken Glass) on art, and Jordie Bellaire (colors).
The official DC synopsis states that now that he has been released from the Suicide Squad, Peacemaker wants to try his hand at more "regular" superhero activities. Unfortunately, everyone, villains included, considers him a failure at superhero duties. Christopher Smith has never known love, but throughout the course of foiling a terrorist plot, he meets the prettiest creature to ever walk (awkwardly) on four legs, and in her, he discovers the unconditional love he has been searching for his entire life. That is until a supervillain with very unsuperheroic ambitions for Peacemaker's brand of ultraviolence kidnaps the dog out from under him. Will he aid a criminal with superpowers who has a history of mental instability in stealing the most sought-after and potentially lethal DNA in the world? As Christopher is somewhat lonely, their chances of getting a date are directly proportional to how polite they are.
HBO's Peacemaker Season 2
The second season of Peacemaker has been confirmed, although it will likely be some time before we see it because Gunn is currently overseeing multiple other DC Universe projects. Waller, a new spinoff centered on Viola Davis's Amanda Waller, will air in the interim to bridge the story gap between the two seasons. It's safe to presume that Peacemaker will continue from where Season 1 left off with Waller's situation. The character of Waller's daughter, Leota Adebayo, revealed her mother's involvement with Task Force X and the Suicide Squad in the HBO Max series (Danielle Brooks). Since that episode aired, viewers have been curious about Waller's future plans for the Suicide Squad and his place in the DC canon.
James Gunn had stated during the announcement of the DCU slate, "This is also going to have some of Team Peacemaker in it, as the regulars on the show... This basically follows up on Peacemaker and is going to be done. We have two great creatives working on it. Christal Henry, who is a writer on Watchmen, and Jeremy Carver, who created Doom Patrol, have thhasncredibly marvelous story worked out that I think is really fantastic and HBO loves. So they're putting this all together."
Do you look forward to Peacemaker Tries Hard? How about your level of excitement for Season 2 of Peacemaker? Share your thoughts in the comments!