The germ that The Suicide Squad meant for the DC Extended Universe has mutated and is called Peacemaker, a series destined for HBO Max that will satisfy superhero fans looking for something as cheeky as it is stimulating. Thanks to its unapologetic sense of humor, brutal action, and constant defiance of the politically incorrect, the hit show has delivered in its first three episodes.
When we believed that the film that preceded it showed the most daring side of the DCEU, the spin-off showed that you can always do more with the right components and there was no better ingredient than its protagonist. From the group of freaks that made up the Suicide Squad, ‘The Peacemaker’ twists the concept of peace with a satire on the vision of the super patriot. As if it were a deranged Captain America.
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“Peacemaker is the biggest idiot in the world… he’s a guy who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he needs to kill along the way,” was James Gunn’s description of the character. For the casting, we can’t imagine a better choice than John Cena, America’s superhero in the WWE ring and the patriotic prototype of all Americans.
The show does not seek to be complex at any time, although it effectively gives the vigilante the necessary dimension and, surprisingly, makes us empathize with him. As support, you will have a group of allies that we hope to learn more about and win their hearts, because there is as much potential as talent.
With such a leading role, this dose of testosterone converted into series was to be expected. An unlikely prank with a lot of fun, muscles, explosions and violence in the context of superhero movies. Best of all, they’re aware of their own ridiculousness, and hopefully they’ll know when to end it once the joke wears off.
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Otherwise, the racy content could be normalized without causing much impact later and the production would be forced to raise the tone even more to satiate a viewer who is looking for more than what he originally got. At the moment, fiction is on the verge of what is politically correct and incorrect, despite the fact that it always makes fun of the former and is not interested in keeping greater forms. However, you must be careful not to fall into the crude and cheap, because even to be stupid you have to be smart if you want to be profitable.
We are not talking about The Boys, a show in which the unusual serves as an attraction tool and there is much more depth to dive into. Nor from Invincible or Doom Patrol, which do the same with violence and extravagance respectively. Peacemaker, instead, serves as a pleasant dose of entertainment with less brains and more irreverence. That’s all, and sometimes that’s enough, as long as the right attitude toward this gratuitous display of insanity is maintained.
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