The DC Extended Universe is taking 2021 to help rebuild hype for the much-maligned franchise, largely with the Snyder Cut of Justice League and James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. Both of these entries will debut on HBO Max as well as in select theaters, and at least one of them will break off into an exclusive streaming series as well.
The confirmed series to come out of these debuts thus far is Peacemaker, which Gunn will also direct. Exciting news has just arrived for the show as well via a new social media blast.
Via a new post on his Instagram account, James Gunn shared that Peacemaker on HBO Max has officially started shooting. Gunn included the following caption:
"5 months ago, while quarantining, I was almost done editing The Suicide Squad & had just turned in a draft of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 & was awaiting notes. Normally I would try & take a break during this time & go on vacation. But with Covid that wasn’t happening. So, having nothing else to do, I started writing a TV series, mostly for fun, as I didn’t believe it was ever going to happen. I wrote a whole first season in 8 weeks. And now, here I am in my trailer, on the first day of shooting. Life is surreal. Let’s go (& go safely!)"
The full post can be seen here:
WHAT THIS MEANS
After nine theatrical releases within the DCEU since 2013, the franchise is looking forward to expanding into the world of streaming to help the story gain more depth. This first series should do just that, especially considering how much hype has already built up for The Suicide Squad.
John Cena will star in this mature series after introducing Christopher Smith in this summer’s blockbuster movie, and he is surrounded by an all-star cast of supporting roles. Steve Agee and Jennifer Holland will reprise their roles alongside Cena, and the acting ranks will be filled further with Robert Patrick, Chris Conrad, and Danielle Brooks among others.
With only one partial day of shooting underway, production will be in high gear over the next few months. Peacemaker will release on HBO Max in early 2022, preceded by The Suicide Squad on August 6, 2021.