Peacemaker is pure, unbridled James Gunn. When The Suicide Squad mastermind set out to pen the spinoff series, HBO Max let him do whatever he wanted to do, with just one exception.
"People tend to think that there's a master plan from Marvel, but the truth is Marvel never asked me to do anything other than -- in the first Guardians -- to put Thanos in there and to come up with what the Infinity Stones were. Other than that, Marvel has never, ever asked me to do anything, and the same thing has basically been true of DC," Gunn explained during a press event attended by CBR.
"There was one thing that maybe I pushed a little too far in the original scripts of Peacemaker, which I pulled back on this much," he recalled. "But other than that, they kind of let me go hog wild. I think they had a lot of questions. Now Bat-Mite is in the DCEU. I think it's hilarious. Who knows! But that's the way it is."
"So I think they were very, very cool with everything," he said. "HBO Max, in particular, was a fantastic partner in backing me up anytime we came against a little like, 'I don't know, should you call Batman this?' There was, every once in a while, some questions about that type of stuff, but for the most part, these guys have been fantastic partners, but especially HBO Max was."
A followup to The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker picks up in the wake of Chris Smith's mission in Corto Maltese. Having recovered from the bullet wound Bloodsport left him, he is drafted into an off-the-books mission with A.R.G.U.S. agents Emilia Harcourt, John Economos, Clemson Murn and Leota Abedayo, as well as Adrian Chase, aka Vigilante. Together, they face an invasion of body-snatching alien butterflies, even Smith's father Auggie musters up an army as the white supremacist terrorist White Dragon and the local police department comes down on them all.
Peacemaker's first three episodes are now streaming on HBO Max, with new episodes airing weekly on Thursdays.
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