The John-Cena lead superhero series, ‘Peacemaker’ is now available to stream on Showmax. Image: Supplied

John Cena delivers the full package in superhero series ‘Peacemaker’

16-time WWE wrestling champion John Cena flies high in ‘Peacemaker’ as the lead, Christopher Smith. The series is now available on Showmax.


The John-Cena lead superhero series, ‘Peacemaker’ is now available to stream on Showmax. Image: Supplied

Superhero series Peacemaker is one of Rotten Tomatoes’ most anticipated series of 2022. The high-energy series picks up where the star-studded 2021 film, The Suicide Squad left the movie left off. Peacemaker is now available to stream on Showmax. 

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Christopher Smith aka Peacemaker is played by 16-time former WWE world champion wrestler-turned-actor John Cena, whose roles in films like Fast and Furious 9 and Bumblebee have earned him multiple People’s Choice, Teen Choice and Kids’ Choice nominations. 

In Peacemaker, Christopher Smith returns home after recovering from his encounter with Bloodsport, only to discover that his freedom comes at a price. 

The eight-part series is the first television show in the DC Extended Universe and the first from creator, writer, director and showrunner, James Gunn, who worked on the script during COVID-19 after completing Suicide Squad


James Gunn told Collider that the spark for Peacemaker arose out of a specific moment on The Suicide Squad set. 

“It’s the moment in The Suicide Squad where Peacemaker is holding his gun on Ratcatcher 2 and he’s about to kill her,” explained Gunn. 

“I went into this tight closeup of his eyes… and I see his eyes switch. I see him go to this incredibly sad, vulnerable place. We realise this character is a guy who’s doing something he doesn’t want to do at all,  but that he’s going to do anyway, which is shoot a young girl.” 

Gunn added that a big part of creating Peacemaker was “focus on that vulnerable sector” that the character had. 


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Peacemaker has an all-star cast including Orange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks, Game of ThronesFreddie Stroma and The Underground Railroad’s Chukwudi Iwuji

The series also stars Oscar-winner Viola Davis who reprises her Suicide Squad role as Amanda Waller. 

The series has received rave reviews from television critics with AV Club calling the series “a stacked deck of fearsome insanity”.