Christopher Smith/Peacemaker (John Cena) has a good cry in a new clip from James Gunn's fast-approaching HBO Max series Peacemaker, which spins out of the events of Gunn's 2021 DC Extended Universe film The Suicide Squad.
The clip opens with Peacemaker walking into his bedroom and putting on some music -- specifically, "Don't Treat Me Bad" by Firehouse -- before laying back on his bed and starting to cry, even hitting himself on the shoulder at one point. Amid his breakdown, Peacemaker contemplates his own life, as well as the death of fellow Task Force X member Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), whom he killed in The Suicide Squad's final act.
"Everybody fucking hates you," Peacemaker says to himself. "[Inaudible] could be your friend but you pushed him away like you push everybody away 'cause you're a fucking dick. You killed Rick Flag. Flag was right, 'Peacemaker. What a joke.'"
Peacemaker is then interrupted by Vigilante (Freddie Stroma), who is standing outside his window, at which point he attempts to hide the fact that he was crying. The clip's official Twitter caption, written by "Peacemaker" himself, seems equally dedicated to protecting the anti-hero's image. "[I] like to pretend to cry sometimes," it reads. "[It's] good for my face muscles."
In The Suicide Squad, shortly after killing Flag, Peacemaker was himself seemingly killed by Bloodsport (Idris Elba). However, a post-credits scene revealed that Cena's Christopher Smith had indeed survived his injuries, with Amanda Waller's (Viola Davis) aides John Economos (Steve Agee) and Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) being tasked with enlisting him for a new mission.
In addition to Cena, Agee, Holland and Stroma, Peacemaker stars Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo, Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith and Chukwudi Iwuji as Clemson Murn. The series is slated to premiere its first three episodes -- "A Whole New Whirled," "Best Friends Never" and "Better Goff Dead" -- on HBO Max coming Thursday, Jan. 13 at 12:01 a.m. PST/3:01 a.m. EST. Peacemaker Season 1 will run for eight episodes in total, dropping new episodes weekly through Thursday, Feb. 17.
Series creator Gunn, who wrote and directed The Suicide Squad, wrote all eight episodes of Peacemaker, as well as directed five of them. The remaining three episodes are directed by Jody Hill (The Righteous Gemstones), Rosemary Rodriguez (Marvel's Jessica Jones) and Brad Anderson (Fringe), respectively.
Peacemaker premieres its first three episodes Thursday, Jan. 13 on HBO Max.
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