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John Cena will star in an eight-episode Peacemaker prequel on HBO Max

Peacemaker is back and better than ever.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

Fans of the Peacemaker, rejoice! The character is getting his very own origin story, this one in the form of an eight-episode series set to land on HBO Max and starring John Cena himself.

The actor will reprise his role on The Suicide Squad, previously described as "a man who believes in peace at any cost—no matter how many people he has to kill to get it." Interestingly enough, the announcement was made before the superhero ensemble film even hit theaters (as of now, it's scheduled to be released on August 6, 2021).

According to HBO Max, James Gunn—who wrote and directed The Suicide Squad—will be writing all eight upcoming episodes and will likely even direct some, including the first one. "Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag," Gunn said in an official statement. "I'm excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring his character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series."

Production on the spinoff is set to kick off in 2021 but no announcement has yet been made about potential release dates. Check out the show's official poster:

Photograph: Warner Media

Given the usual fanfare surrounding superhero-adjacent projects, the Cena-led effort may amount to a sure bet. That being said, this is only one of many DC Comics getting the HBO Max treatment in upcoming months. Back in July, a Gotham City Police Department-focused spinoff show was announced and more are likely on the way. Whether Cena as the Peacemaker will hold our attention for an entire mini-series is yet to be seen, but we're sure willing to give it a proper try. 

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