The HBO Max series will explore the characters origins.

Warner Media announced in a press release today that James Gunn is developing a The Suicide Squad a prequel series starring John Cena as Peacemaker for HBO Max. Peacemaker is set to explore the origins of the master of weapons.

HBO Max has ordered eight episodes for the first season of the show with Gunn writing all eight episodes of Peacemaker. He will also direct multiple episodes of the series starring John Cena. Peter Safran will serve as executive producers of the series.

Peacemaker is scheduled to begin production in early 2021 before Gunn starts working on the next Guardians of the Galaxy film.

James Gunn said: “Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag. I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series. And of course, to be able to work again with John, Peter, and my friends at Warner Bros. is the icing on the cake.”

John Cena said: “I have said before that it has been a tremendous honor and an incredible opportunity to be part of The Suicide Squad and to work with James on what is going to be a fantastic movie. I am unbelievably excited to have the chance to team up with him again for Peacemaker. We can’t wait for fans to see this.”

“James Gunn has the unique ability to create an expansive universe while also bringing to life the soul and wit of each character. We look forward to a deep dive into the world of Peacemaker,” said Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer for HBO and HBO Max.

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