It’s official! Peacemaker has received the greenlight for Season 2 and it will be entirely written and directed by the mad genius himself, James Gunn. Yowie wowie! Apologies in advance for all of the exclamation marks, but I have waited so long for a great DC series (that’s not animated) and it’s finally here in the form of Peacemaker. Here we are with the final two episodes and there’s this sense of trust that the season will wrap itself up very well. Without giving anything away, if the series had shamefully not been renewed, I believe we would have kicked in our TVs out of anger. Thankfully it has been given a second season and all is well with the world. Let’s dive into why Peacemaker has been such a great series to watch.
It took James Gunn 2 months during the early part of the pandemic to write all 8 episodes for Peacemaker. According to Gunn, no changes were made to them afterwards, which is quite telling. With no work to distract him, Gunn set his focus on creating a new lore for Peacemaker, with his good friend John Cena set to continue his role as the title character. He also saw to it to add two characters we’ve seen in The Suicide Squad movies: Emilia Harcourt, played by Gunn’s real-life girlfriend of 7 years Jennifer Holland, and John Economos, played by long-time friend Steve Agee. I think John Cena was the best choice for casting, even though James Gunn originally planned for Dave Bautista to take the role. Peacemaker is John Cena’s best role to date. The fact that the show has earned great reviews plus a renewal is only going to boost his chances for greater cinematic roles in the future.
Initially, I was concerned about Cena not being able to get into the character, but that’s not even a thought in these last two episodes. Throughout the first season, Cena has made Peacemaker entirely his own work of art. At first he comes off as a bumbling idiot who never thinks before he speaks, and nothing is off limits for him. Yet as we and A.R.G.U.S. get to know him, he’s a fun-loving guy with a heart of gold and is just looking for redemption for his tragic past. Why else would Eagly hug him? In the finale, Peacemaker’s values are put to a major test. He is someone to expect the unexpected from. You can say just about the same from others like Vigilante and Adebayo. The lessons he’s learned between The Suicide Squad and this finale are going to leave quite an impact on him, and it will be interesting to see how this will affect him in the next season. How is Peacemaker going to deal with the past that haunts him? I’m sure Gunn will take it all up a notch and then some in the next.
For now, enjoy these two final episodes. Episode 7 “Stop Dragon My Heart Around” is insanely fast paced. So much happens in such little time that it almost feels like a let-down when the dust settles. I sure did feel some type of way about how it ended, because the past 6 episodes generated all of this excitement over a certain head-to-head confrontation. Of everything that’s happened in this series so far, this was genuinely disappointing. Episode 8 “It’s Cow or Never” continues with A.R.G.U.S. back together to put an end to Project Butterfly. Having learned an important secret of the Butterflies, the team goes on a final “do or die” mission, and it is clear they may be in over their heads. Can they save themselves or will they succumb to turning into Butterflies themselves?
A majority of loose ends are tied up here and I really appreciate Gunn for going this route with the story. He’s also including a heavy amount of character development and personal growth as well. A special thanks should also be given to the powers-that-be for that fantastic cameo in the finale. Just, wow. You won’t want to miss it! Heck, give the entire first season of Peacemaker a rewatch if you can. A show this good doesn’t come along very often, and we won’t get any word on the pre-production of Season 2 until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 wraps completely. Fingers crossed for an early 2023 drop. RECOMMENDED READING: In the meantime, you can also check out the brand new DC Comic Peacemaker: Disturbing the Peace #1 by Garry Brown and Garth Ennis out now.
Ruth Kotsalos spent her Saturday mornings as a kid fully invested in Batman: The Animated Series. Since then, she has been a fan of all DC animated cartoons and movies. Ruth currently works in the nonprofit sector, has a masters degree from The New School, and lives in New Jersey with her husband John, and their German Shepherd puppy, Athena.