Renewed or Cancelled – Will there be a Peacemaker Season 2?

February 17, 2022
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Despite being about Peacemaker Season 2, this article contains major spoilers for the first season.

If James Gunn has a special talent, it’s giving Z-list comic book characters the attention and heart typically reserved for the marquee heroes and villains of the industry’s Big Two. It takes an effort to remember this now, but nobody really cared about the Guardians of the Galaxy until Gunn made two movies about them in the MCU, and the Suicide Squad is a notoriously difficult property to adapt – as proved when a capable filmmaker like David Ayer tried and failed to do so in 2016. After his ousting by Disney, Gunn delivered the same winning formula for DC, and from that anarchic and deeply eccentric effort came Peacemaker, an eight-part HBO Max spin-off of a one-note, largely comic-relief character played by John Cena.

None of this should have worked. And yet the first season of Peacemaker has been a huge hit, and with the finale airing on February 17, the question on everyone’s lips is bound to be whether or not the story is over. Luckily, we can tell you pretty definitively that it isn’t.

Renewed or Cancelled status – Will there be a Peacemaker Season 2?

Status: Renewed

Yes, the second season has been officially confirmed, to be written and directed by James Gunn once again, with the core cast reprising their roles. In many ways, this isn’t surprising. Peacemaker has accumulated oodles of social media engagement since its debut, and the finale, which includes at least one talking-point cameo, will likely create more than a few trends. As a DC tie-in with confirmed connections to the brand’s other shows and movies, it’s a no-brainer that there’s more to come from this universe.

James Gunn himself said, “Creating Peacemaker has been one of the true highlights of my life, both professionally and otherwise, with John Cena and the incredible creative team around me, as well as our partners at HBO Max. To have something we all love so much be loved by the audience in turn has been a wonderful experience. I can’t wait for folks to see where Team Peacemaker goes in Season Two!”

What is Peacemaker about? What might happen in the second season?

From the official synopsis: Peacemaker follows the explosive escapades of the character that John Cena reprises in the aftermath of James Gunn’s 2021 film “The Suicide Squad” – a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.

Despite the overarching plot of the first season being mostly resolved, there are still new directions the show can go in, including [spoilers ahead]:

  • The survival of Goff.
  • The repercussions of Leota exposing Task Force X and her mother’s involvement.
  • Economos’s new job at Belle Reve.
  • Chris’s relationship with the ghost of his dead father, Auggie.

Peacemaker cast – who might be in Season 2?

John Cena plays the title character of Christopher Smith, aka Peacemaker. Other characters, such as Leota (Danielle Brooks), Harcourt (Jennifer Holland), Vigilante (Freddie Stroma), and Economos (Steve Agee), all survived and would presumably return for the sophomore effort. Robert Patrick’s character Auggie died, but still featured in the final episode in the imaginings of Chris, a gimmick that would presumably persist in the second season. Plus there are other cameos to consider, such as Viola Davis’s Amanda Waller. The Season 1 finale featured Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ezra Miller as The Flash, so the possibilities are exciting.

You can stream Peacemaker exclusively on HBO Max.

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