“Peacemaker” On HBO Max: What’s The Story Behind The So-called “Idiot Captain America”?

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The life of the supervillain Peacemaker (John Cena) whom we saw in the last installment of “The Suicide Squad” will have his own series in HBO Max. And this week, the streaming company released its first teaser. In this preview, we saw a bit of the life of this character rated by James Gunn, like the biggest idiot in the world.

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But why Peacemaker, is he chosen to have his own spin off? In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Gunn, director and writer of the 8 episodes of this new series of HBO Max said producer Peter Safran and DC Films president Walter Hamada approached him during the making of Squad to ask him which character he would like to approach for a possible spin-off. And he quickly replied that to “Peacemaker.” The reason, according to the director, the character has a lot to learn, enough to last more than one season of television.

Al final de The Suicide Squad , Bloodsport [de Idris Elba] learn a lot. He’s a better person than he was at first. Many of the characters are much better than they were at first, and Peacemaker has a lot to learn.Gunn said. “It’s that ability to learn that makes it a little bit more enjoyable for me. His blind spots in some places are quite dire, and in some places he is ignorant. I think it is also an important distinction. It’s open at the same time, sometimes, ”he added.

Along with Cena, will be part of the project Danielle Brooks (Adebayo), Steve Agee (Economos), Freddie Stroma (Vigilante) and Chukwudi Iwuji (Murn).

An “idiot Captain America”

In August 2020, behind the scenes promoting “The Suicide Squad”, John Cena he described his character as an “idiot Captain America.” Adjective Gunn agrees with and adds: Peacemaker is the biggest idiot in the world … he’s a guy who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he needs to kill along the way.

Official Peacemaker poster for HBO Max.
Official Peacemaker poster for HBO Max.

But who is Christopher Smith and why do they call him an idiot?

The Wiki Fandom from DC rates “Peacemaker“As a” moralistic, selfish, arrogant and overconfident “, but the truth is that Christopher Smith, his real name, could pass as a being misunderstood, since he is a character that seeks peace at all costs and is lost in the midst of violence. Something important in his story is that he lost his father as a child, an event that would mark his narrative line from his first appearance in The Fightin ‘5 # 40 by Charlton Comics.

The Fightin’ 5 #40 de Charlton Comics
The Fightin’ 5 #40 de Charlton Comics

The father of Christopher Smith, Auggie Smith, commanded a Nazi concentration camp in Poland and many secrets came to light. His son witnessed the terrible death and was scarred. To make amends for his family’s mistakes and maintain a better legacy, he makes world peace as his main goal in life. The bad thing was that his father had trained him to kill, as if it were a weapon, and he did not know any other way to solve the problems.

He decides to enlist for war and murders many innocent people in the name of peace until he was finally captured by the Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans (ARGUS). It is where Amanda Waller recruits him for the secret and anti-terrorist “Peacemaker Project” or “Peacemaker”. This was very valuable to Smith and made him a vigilante.

Poster "Suicide Squad".
“Suicide Squad” poster.

Worst flaw of Peacemaker They are his blackouts and the voices he hears within himself, which are often from his father or his victims. Under that project of the Task Force X division, the character takes more than one mission to destroy other supervillains who want to end humanity. He also receives probation and is provided support to balance his bipolar disorder.

As we have seen in the movies, the team that Amanda Walter commands has the other members of “The Suicide Squad”Such as Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), among others. Many times, Peacemaker, due to his egocentric personality, is not taken seriously by the rest of the team, despite being one of the strongest for being a skilled master and fighter.

How harmless can this killer be? We will know in January 2022, date confirmed by HBO Max for the series launch.


Peacemaker does not have its origin in DC Comics, but was bought from the Charlton Comics publishing house when it went bankrupt. It first appeared in Fightin’ # 5, in June 1966.

Peacemaker’s strengths are: He wields lethal weapons, his armor is bulletproof and his helmet emits ultrasonic frequencies and detects the enemy from long distances.



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