Prior to DC FanDome, there was a lot of secrecy surrounding James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, primarily who many of the actors were playing–and this film has a massive cast list. Many wondered who WWE wrestler turned actor John Cena would be playing, and it turns out he’ll be a warped version of Marvel’s Captain America… in a DC movie.
Cena will be portraying Peacemaker in 2021’s Suicide Squad movie. This mantle character from DC Comics isn’t exceptionally well known, but he’s the perfect fit for Task Force X. A sneak peek at the movie played during the Suicide Squad panel, which gave us our first look at Peacemaker.
“Be like a douchey Captain America,” Cena says in the video. And that’s essentially what the character is. The mantle of Peacemaker first debuted in The Fightin’ 5 #40 from Charlton Comics in 1966. The character was acquired by DC and later introduced in the Crisis on Infinite Earths story during the ’80s. The first Peacemaker–Christopher Smith–is a violent, unhinged character that wants to bring peace to the world.
“The guy who believes in peace at any cost,” Gunn explains during the video. “No matter how many people he needs to kill along the way.
The character has died and come back from the dead–usually due to reboots at the company–and he’s had two other successors, both equally violent. Considering how large this cast is, does that mean members of Task Force X AKA The Suicide Squad will die during the movie–much like Slipknot did in David Ayer’s 2016 movie?
That’s not the only big news we got from DC FanDome. There was another new trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, along with gameplay from Gotham Knights, more news about Matt Reeves’ The Batman, and a look at The Flash’s new suit for the upcoming movie.