How the ‘Peacemaker’ Finale and Guest Appearances Set Up Season 2

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peacemaker season 2

HBO Max’s Peacemaker ended after eight episodes, and fans are now faced with the harsh reality that the recently confirmed Season 2 will take some time to begin production. The issue is that there aren’t nearly enough shows with killer bald eagles, snacking-addicted villains, and musical numbers that prove even the least flexible of us can dance. (I, for one, salute you, James Gunn.) So, while we’re still cursing the heavens and searching for ways to hibernate for at least a year, it’s time to talk about how Peacemaker’s second season will unfold and what surprises Gunn has in store for fans.

The DCEU Is Back On Track

Despite the fact that both The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker are full of references to the greater DC Universe, Warner Bros. never explained how Gunn’s movie fit the bigger picture. This is the first time Warner Bros. has moved its emphasis away from series and toward individual films. We can be honest: If Warner Bros. was still focused on creating a common universe above all else, we wouldn’t have Joker or The Batman: Year One. There are suggestions that The Flash will use DC’s version of the Multiverse to reset the DC Extended Reality on the big screen and create a more unified shared universe.

The Justice League shows up for the last showdown with the butterflies in Peacemaker’s shockingly strong epilogue. Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller will reprise their roles as Aquaman and Flash in the Justice League that Zack Snyder helped to put together. However, it would be too costly to bring in Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot just for a series appearance — Momoa and Miller were already on set, making their next standalone superhero movies – to keep them out of the spotlight.

As a result of the Justice League cameo, it is clear that Gunn’s DC Universe is not isolated from other DC Universes. Agent Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) could return to the big screen in the Black Adam feature, which has already been confirmed by Gunn. The idea of an interconnected universe appears to be something Warner Bros. is once again placing a high value on. Those clues for future seasons of Peacemaker may be found in future DC products, and fans may once again look at hidden aspects in films and programs to learn more about the overall story.

Is the Suicide Squad coming to an end?

Adebayo (Danielle Brooks) tries to redeem herself in the finale of Peacemaker by exposing her mother’s black ops teams. Adebayo informs the entire world about the existence of Task Force X and Project Butterfly, emphasizing how Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) ruled both teams with an iron fist and was willing to go to any length to ensure success of their missions. Adebayo demands an immediate investigation into Waller’s illegal actions, and in one stroke, he may have effectively ended the Suicide Squad.

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Because we now know Peacemaker is linked to the larger DCEU, Adebayo’s actions may have ramifications in other DC franchises. The Suicide Squad, for example, is an important part of the DCEU, employing villains apprehended by superheroes to carry out dangerous missions outside of U.S. jurisdiction. The Justice League will be furious to learn that they were sending inmates to their deaths, and countries around the world will demand that the United States explain their illegal infiltrations into foreign territory. While Peacemaker began as a contained narrative, Adebayo’s press conference completely alters the DCEU status quo, and it will be interesting to see how the world adjusts to it. Even more importantly, we need to know if Waller will take the blame or if she will be able to shift the blame to another unfortunate soul. Because Gunn is working on a second The Suicide Squad spinoff series, we may learn about it before the second season of Peacemaker.

Peacemaker’s Personal Journey

Peacemaker is unquestionably a superhero comic book production, complete with alien invasions, metahumans, world-threatening conspiracies, and technology so advanced that it appears to be magic. Nonetheless, Gunn uses this fantastic universe to explore human nature and raise important questions about morality and self-improvement, which makes the show so intriguing. The series follows Christopher Smith, a.k.a. Peacemaker (John Cena), as he strives to be more than the killer his Nazi father (Robert Patrick) raised him to be.

The series doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to condemning Peacemaker for his inherited racism and sexism, highlighting how the antihero is frequently a bully and a bigot. Instead of simply condemning Peacemaker’s actions, Gunn is brave enough to defend the idea that even the biggest jerk can become a better person. So, little by little, and with the force of attrition, Christopher begins to change himself. Self-improvement is not easy, and it does not occur quickly. That means Christopher is still a jerk by the end of the first season. But he’s a lot less of a jerk now, and we’ve had time to get to know the positive aspects of his personality, such as his loyalty to his friends.

Christopher’s struggles to become a better person lead him to a final showdown with his father, the White Dragon, an unredeemable white power supremacist who taught Peacemaker everything he despised. In an attempt to take control of his own life, Peacemaker kills his father, a bloody step toward self-improvement. However, the ending of Peacemaker reveals that the White Dragon is not entirely gone, as Christopher continues to have visions of his father’s ghost.

It’s difficult to let go of the past, and shooting a gun won’t magically put Christopher on the right track. There’s still a lot of work to be done, and Christopher will have to deal with the ghost of his father whispering in his ear that he’ll never be more than a heinous killer. Season 2 of Peacemaker should center on Christopher’s journey as the antihero exorcises his father’s ghost and possibly finds a way to become the hero he aspires to be. Even so, Peacemaker’s hand is stained with too much blood, and Season 2 should confront the antihero with the brutality of his actions.