John Cena appears naked except for underwear center right frame in a wide shot.  Episode 101 of Peacemaker on HBOMax, in an apartment with rounded doorways, beaded curtains, he stands in front of a record player speaking to someone behind him off screen.
“Back when men could be real men… because they weren’t afraid to be women.”

Peacemaker is at once winsome and gruesome. James Gunn knows how to make a story serious, absurd, juvenile and deep, with a highly stylized look and fantastic score. The cinematography is notable and wonderful- I had a million screenshots and could have taken more.

I enjoy television that will kill it’s darlings in a violent and bloody mess. Peacemaker does not disappoint in that endeavor. This is not the show to eat dinner by. There are tons of laughs, too – a lot of different sensations and plenty of interesting characters. The show is cast with a surprising, varied and high quality ensemble including Danielle Brooks, Steve Agee, Freddie Stroma and Jennifer Holland. James Gunn writes and directs most of the episodes, with a notable exception for Jody Hill.

Peacemaker himself is the least enjoyable character from The Suicide Squad. He’s racist, sexist and kills a character that fans of a certain show might be very upset about. But of course this leaves him with the biggest journey and opportunity to grow.

The tone of the series helps lubricate the ride, and most memorable of all is the theme song. I love watching the opening credits to Peacemaker. The choreography is hypnotic. There’s one cold open that completely changes the effect- it’s jarring and devastating. But that’s the beauty of this show. It’s complex and evolving; shockingly human, yet somehow alien. Art and alchemy.

Peacemaker opening credit sequence - John Cena, Freddie Stroma and Danielle Brooks with arms above their heads in front of spotlights and neon.
Nhut Le as Judomaster leans forward towards and over camera in a doorway - Peacemaker, HBOMax 2022
Jennifer Holland as Agent Emilia Harcourt in Peacemaker HBOMax 2022.  She is engraving the dove symbol onto a machine gun, lit in silhouette.
Steve Agee as John Economos in HBOMax 2022 series Peacemaker stands outside at night.  He looks ahead slightly camera left, it's dark out but he is lit softly on his right side wearing a security suit and square glasses.
Medium shot of Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo in the HBOMax series Peacemaker.  She sits at a desk looking serious, lit by the desk lamp evaluating receipts.
Harcourt and Peacemaker at a Bar (Jennifer Holland and John Cena) HBOMax 2022
John Cena at a piano in the 2022 HBOMax series Peacemaker.  Wide shot colored mostly red decor and yellow lights.  His back is to camera.
Rizwan Manji with hands up.  John Cena as Peacemaker with hospital gown open to the back, butt exposed.  HBOMax 2022

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