WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Peacemaker Episode 2, "Best Friend, For Never," streaming now on HBO Max.
With James Gunn at the helm, Peacemaker was always going to take its opportunities to explore the stranger corners of the DC Extended Universe, and nowhere is that more evident than in Episode 2. In "Best Friend, For Never," not only does Batman get a shoutout, but so does his strangest doppelganger, who could change everything for a franchise in transition.
As Peacemaker Episode 1 drew to a close, Chris Smith (John Cena) was looking to blow off some steam when he met a woman at a bar. They go on to have an evening of passion that concludes with the villain dancing to music as his date tends to other things. However, the mood soon changes after the woman attacks Chris, leaving him badly injured. He narrowly escapes with his life alongside Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) and Adebayo (Danielle Brooks) but is still in need of medical attention.
Chris receives it at the hands of Economos (Steve Agee), who is not a fan of Peacemaker due to the constant jokes the villain makes at his expense. Things get so bad, in fact, that Economos begins to list all of the people he would rather work with, including The Suicide Squad alums Harley Quinn and Weasel and Bat-Mite, who piques the interest of Peacemaker.
As Economos explains, Bat-Mite is an "interdimensional imp who stans Batman," but, as those familiar with the comics books know, it's a bit more complicated than that. Debuting in Detective Comics #267 by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff, Bat-Mite is a character similar to the Superman villain Mister Mxyzptlk, who spends most of his time terrorizing Superman. But unlike Mxyzptlk, he actually reveres the Dark Knight, even going as far as to dress like the hero, and uses his powers from the Fifth Dimension to stage events to see him in action.
Sadly, when DC Comics decided to take Batman in a more serious direction in the '60s, Bat-Mite -- along with other supporting characters like Ace the Bat-Hound -- was removed from Detective Comics. He would reappear sporadically, but it was never really the same as the early days, with him showing up more as hallucinations in moments of grave danger for the Dark Knight rather than a full-fledged character. However, Bat-Mite would return in later years to make his presence felt in animated series like Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and now, he could have a future set up in the DCEU.
With Michael Keaton's Bruce Wayne set to enter the DCEU, the future of Batman could be in flux, and sillier elements of the character could find their way into his stories, including Bat-Mite. Alternatively, since Economos appears to know of the character, it may be that A.R.G.U.S. has a history with him, which means he could be in line for an appearance in a future Suicide Squad project or another spinoff like Peacemaker. Either way, Gunn just opened a massive can of worms with his series' name-drop of Bat-Mite.
To see Bat-Mite's existence be confirmed, the first three episodes of Peacemaker are streaming now on HBO Max.
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