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By Mike Johnson on 2023-01-31 15:19:00

We aren't getting a second season of John Cena as Peacemaker on HBO Max.  Not yet, anyway.

After its incredibly popular and well received first season, Peacemaker's announced second season is on hold, but for good reason.

Writer and Director James Gunn, who is now heading up the entirety of the newly rechristened DC Studios with Peter Saffron as co-Chairman and CEO, is currently working on writing a new Superman film Superman: Legacy in advance of its planned 2025 theatrical release.  Due to that work, which may eventually include Gunn directing the film, work on Peacemaker season two has been postponed.

Some of the Peacemaker characters, possibly even Cena as Peacemaker himself, however, will be featured in one of the first projects under the new DC Studios slate, an HBO Max series titled Waller, featuring Viola Davis returning as he leader of United States government organization ARGUS and overseer of The Suicide Squad, a band of villains forced by the government to go on missions or sacrifice their lives.   Development of the series was first announced in May 2022, but it was not announced officially until today, when Gunn revealed his planned slate of DC films, animated series and live-action HBO Max projects that will carry the first chapter of a ten year DC plan.

According to Gunn, The Waller series will flow into Peacemaker Season Two, whenever it does come to pass.

The first season starred Cena with James Gunn, the writer and director of DC's The Suicide Squad and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy returning to write and direct the series.  The series explored Peacemaker's background and what happens to him after the Suicide Squad film.   Cena described this take on Peacemaker as a "douchey Captain America."  Cena's portrayal of Peacemaker was the first ever live action incarnation of the character, a soldier and super-hero who loves peace so much he is willing to kill anyone, including innocents, for it.   The character was originally created by the now-defunct Charlton Comics but acquired by DC in the mid-80s, mostly as a gift for the legendary Dick Giordano, who had worked on the characters before his incredible run for DC.  The character was the inspiration for Watchmen's The Comedian as well.

In other great news, Booster Gold, one of my all-time favorite characters has been announced for an HBO Max series as well, which has zero to do with pro wrestling, but made me extremely happy today, so everyone let James Gunn know I am available for Stan Lee-esque cameos no one will care about for the series!  Get ready to meet the greatest hero you never knew existed!


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