Peacemaker Director Confirms Exact TIME of HBO Max Premiere

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
John Cena as Peacemaker, HBO Max logo

Peacemaker is DCEU's first project in 2022 on HBO Max. The upcoming The Suicide Squad spinoff brings back John Cena's anti-hero for his own solo adventure, and it will reunite him with director James Gunn. Cena is also joined by a stellar cast that includes the likes of The Suicide Squad's Steve Agee and  Jennifer Holland along with Danielle Brooks, Chukwudi Iwuji, and Freddie Stroma as Vigilante. 

Set after the events of The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker will show what happened to Christopher Smith after his mission with Task Force X in Corto Maltese. To recap, the anti-hero was presumed dead after getting shot by Idris Elba's Bloodsport, but the film's post-credits scene revealed that he is still alive

Gunn continues leading the charge with Peacemaker's marketing just as he has over the past months. The outspoken director has shared interesting tidbits about the series such as plot teases and behind-the-scenes details

Now, an important detail about Peacemaker has emerged that should surely excite fans. 

What Time Do Peacemaker Episodes Release?


Peacemaker executive producer and director James Gunn confirmed on Twitter that the first three episodes of the series will be released on HBO Max at exactly 12:01 AM PST (3:01 AM EST) on January 13, 2022. 

"To be clear (because so many asked for clarification & I didn’t know until today) #Peacemaker premieres at 12:01am PST (Wed night/Thu morning) and 3:01 EST."

In comparison, The Suicide Squad premiered on HBO Max on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET.

Zack Snyder's Justice League made its debut on the streaming service at 12:01 AM PT on March 18, 2021 while Wonder Woman 1984 began streaming on HBO Max at 9:00 AM PT. 

The Anticipation for Peacemaker 

The anticipation surrounding Peacemaker is high, especially after the overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics who watched the first three episodes. This latest reveal should serve as a reminder for those fans who are eager to see the next chapter of John Cena's DCEU anti-hero. 

Unlike the uniformity of Disney+, it's worth pointing out that HBO Max has a variety of release times for DCEU projects. One possible explanation is the DCEU film's same-day release in theaters across the United States. Still, given that Peacemaker is a series, it's possible that the midnight premiere would be consistent with upcoming projects. 

Peacemaker will have a unique release strategy since HBO Max will stream its first three episodes. This approach should allow fans to uncover a good chunk of the anti-hero's post-The Suicide Squad storyline while still teasing them about the show's bigger narrative. 

Gunn also confirmed that every episode would have a post-credits scene, meaning that fans will have an added viewing experience when watching the series.

As Peacemaker inches closer to its HBO Max premiere, it will be interesting if Gunn has more details to reveal about the series. History suggests that he will since he utilizes the same approach on social media, just like what he did with The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy

The first three episodes of Peacemaker will premiere on HBO Max on January 13, 2022.

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.