DC Just Revealed the First Look at Teen Titans' Vigilante In John Cena's Peacemaker Show

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
John Cena as Peacemaker, Teen Titans, Vigilante

After a smashing and death-defying debut in The Suicide Squad, John Cena's Peacemaker will return (and lead) an upcoming spinoff series on HBO Max.

Plot details of Peacemaker are still being kept under wraps, but it was confirmed that a good chunk of it will be set after the dangerous mission of Task Force X in Corto Maltese. The Suicide Squad's post-credits scene confirmed that Christopher Smith is still alive, and he is set to be handled by A.R.G.U.S. agents played by Steve Agee and Jennifer Holland for another unknown mission. 

Aside from the aforementioned agents, Peacemaker will also showcase the DCEU debut of Vigilante. The character was supposed to be portrayed by Chris Conrad, but he left the project due to creative differences. Conrad was then replaced by Bridgerton actor Freddie Stroma. 

The first look at Peacemaker's Task Force X 2.0 prominently featured Stroma's Adrian Chase in the background, and now, a full look at Vigilante has been revealed in the DC FanDome trailer. 

First Look at Vigilante Alongside Peacemaker

The official trailer of DC FanDome 2021 revealed a fresh look at Freddie Stroma's Vigilante alongside John Cena's Christopher Smith for HBO Max's Peacemaker.

Vigilante, whose alter ego is Adrian Chase, is shown in his full glory in this shot from the trailer: 

Freddie Stroma as Vigilante

The brief footage shows Vigilante and Peacemaker in an intense training session in the woods:

Freddie Stroma as Vigilante, John Cena as Peacemaker

Peacemaker can be seen hyping up himself as Vigilante prepares for another round:

Freddie Stroma as Vigilante, John Cena as Peacemaker

The pair of DC anti-heroes appear to be best buds in this official still from the trailer: 

Freddie Stroma as Vigilante, John Cena as Peacemaker

Vigilante's live-action design appears to be similar to the character's outfit in DC Comics: 


Alongside the reveal, Peacemaker director and executive director James Gunn hilariously chimed in on the fun, telling a fan to be careful of complimenting Vigilante's costume because the titular character "might get jealous:"


The Intriguing Bond Between Peacemaker and Vigilante

This fresh look at Peacemaker and Vigilante offers a hint that they have a strong bond, and it seems that the series will explore this dynamic even further.

Peacemaker executive producer James Gunn confirmed that the series will revolve around "black ops combating something catastrophic that's facing the planet." This team appears to be led by Cena's DCEU hero, and Vigilante seems to be one of its heavy-hitters. 

The two anti-heroes are both devoted to fighting evil and creating their own brand of justice, but there's precedent in the comics that the pair eventually become mortal enemies. 

After appearing in the Teen Titans comics, Adrian Chase managed to cross paths with Christopher Smith during 1986's Peacemaker #36. In this storyline, Chase decided to retire from the Vigilante life, appointing Dave Winston as his successor. 

However, Peacemaker killed the new Vigilante, forcing Chase to resume his old ways. This eventually led to an intense confrontation between the two anti-heroes, with Peacemaker winning the battle. 

It is possible that this history could be explored in Peacemaker but with an added twist. Given that the series will explore a black ops setup, it's possible that Vigilante is the planted operative of Amanda Waller this time around, meaning that he would need to double-cross Peacemaker at some point to successfully fulfill the mission. 

As a result, a potential live-action clash between the pair would likely be imminent. 

Peacemaker is set to start streaming on HBO Max on January 29, 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.