The new featurette, titled “Peacemaker Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Suicide Squad,” was released on the DC YouTube channel over the weekend. Clocking in at nearly four minutes, the video includes interviews with “Peacemaker” star John Cena and “The Suicide Squad” director James Gunn, both of whom are there to discuss the character.
“To me, Peacemaker, he’s the saddest character in the whole thing,” says Gunn about the character’s role in “The Suicide Squad,” adding, “He has the most difficulty connecting to another human being because he doesn’t feel like he belongs.”
Cena also opened up about finding the character of Peacemaker and figuring out who he is as a person. “We talked a lot about backstory. [Gunn] was like, ‘Hey man, be like a douchey Captain America who would shoot a kid.’ Okay, I got it,” he reveals.
But other than being the kind of guy who would “shoot a kid,” what does it mean to be Peacemaker? According to Gunn, “Like a lot of dudebros, he didn’t have a great father, didn’t have any mother. It’s toxic masculinity at its most toxic.”
“He just wants to be seen, and there’s a lot of psychological subtext there as well,” Cena continues. “He’s very socially awkward. Something as simple as the uniform hits on the head that this guy has validation problems. […] This man genuinely thinks he’s a hero and wants his Peacemaker logo on everything.”
We’ll find out more about “The Suicide Squad” character at DC FanDome on October 16 and later, when the “Peacemaker” TV series debuts on HBO Max in early 2022.