Peacemaker's Love Story Is Not Sexual or Romantic

Peacemaker is about to find love, but not in the way some viewers may expect. According to writer-director James Gunn, who launched the eight-episode Suicide Squad spinoff on HBO Max this week, Chris Smith will forge an unexpected connection with his fellow agent Leota Adebayo, sparking a journey that could change both their lives.

"The center of the story of this season of Peacemaker, the central love story of Peacemaker, is between Peacemaker and Adebayo. It's not a romantic love story. It's not a sexual love story. It's an actual love story, between two characters who come from completely different belief systems," Gunn explained during a press event attended by CBR. "They couldn't be more different. Their parents are quite similar in some ways, although also very different."

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"I think that you have these two people who start to initiate change in each other, because of being kind to one another and of liking each other and seeing past the things they disagree on to what makes them tick," he continued. "In the very first episode, we see Danielle [Brooks] -- we see Leota talking about how Peacemaker is sad. That is the thing that she sees in him that the other characters don't see."

"In the scene right after this one, two scenes after this one, we see the two of them talking for the first time and she's the first person to be nice to him and the first person to laugh with him instead of just at him, not only in this show, but in the movie as well, in Suicide Squad as well," he said. "So I think it's more about, if there's anything, I think it's seeing what a relationship could be like from people who disagree adamantly about all sorts of things and the way to maybe initiate change is not by screaming at each other, which only further radicalizes people."

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On Peacemaker so far, both Smith and Abedayo have involuntarily found themselves up against an alien invasion. While Smith was forced to do A.R.G.U.S. Director Amanda Waller's bidding due to a bomb she implanted in his neck, Abedayo's situation is a little more domestic. As it turns out, Waller is her mother, so when she and her wife Keeya found themselves unemployed, Abedayo took Waller up on an offer to work for A.R.G.U.S. until they got back on their feet. Now, Peacemaker and Abedayo have teamed up with Clemson Murn, Emilia Harcourt, John Economos and Vigilante to stop an army of body-snatching alien butterflies -- whether they want to or not.

Peacemaker's first three episodes are now streaming on HBO Max, with new episodes airing weekly on Thursdays.

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