A BTS video from Peacemaker explores the relationship between John Cena’s character and Vigilante. The series is a spin-off from the DC Extended Universe, expanding on Cena’s character from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which came out this August almost exactly 5 years after Suicide Squad, to which it is a quasi-sequel. Because of pandemic-related delays causing The Suicide Squad’s release date to be delayed by a year, the spinoff series is already prepared for release. Peacemaker will begin streaming on HBO Max on January 13, just 5 months after The Suicide Squad debuted.
On the official Peacemaker Instagram account, they posted a behind-the-scenes video detailing the BFF relationship among Peacemaker and Vigilante. The post was shared along with the shameless caption “talk about a dynamic duo… my two biceps. vigilante helps as well, I guess.” The video intersperses new clips from the show alongside talking head interviews with John Cena, Freddie Stroma, and essayist/chief James Gunn as they break down the bond (or lack thereof) that these two heroes share. Look at the video beneath:
The video goes into detail about Vigilante’s backstory on the series. In the official DCEU continuity, he’s a busboy at a restaurant by day and a costumed crimefighter around evening time. He has a similar relationship to Peacemaker that Kate Bishop does with Clint Barton in Marvel’s Hawkeye show, idolizing him to an almost overbearing degree. Deeply, they have the same belief system and willingness to do bad things for what they view to be the greater great.
Peacemaker is looking like it will convey business as usual unrefined however engaging humor that the character brought to the front during his appearance in The Suicide Squad. One of the vital moments in this BTS video is Peacemaker swiping through a variety of video messages sent to him by Vigilante. This kind of grounded reality of what it very well may resemble to actually be an over-the-top superhero in the real world is a critical component of James Gunn’s approach to the character’s humor and is certainly on full display in the promotional materials they have sent out thus far.