See Peacemaker’s John Cena Respond To Haters In Character

Check out John Cena as Peacemaker responding to some social media posts calling out both the actor and the character.

By Doug Norrie | Published

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When James Gunn rebooted The Suicide Squad last year, he brought in a bunch of new characters to reignite the franchise. And it completely worked. One of the main reasons was the addition of John Cena as Peacemaker, a liberty-loving-psycho-killer who brought a ton of laughs to the flick. The dude nearly stole the show with his flawed outlook on the world and it was exciting news to find out he’d be headlining his own series. Peacemaker on HBO has come out of the gate very strong, and a big reason is Cena’s full embodiment of the character in all his dense glory. Recently, Cena took to social media to get into character and respond to some social media criticism of both him and the show as a whole. 

The “Mean Tweets” – type of video was posted by James Gunn on his Twitter account and features John Cena in full Peacemaker getup responding to some folks who were calling out either the show or Cena’s portrayal of the character. It’s all a bit tongue-in-cheek with Cena getting into character and letting on that it doesn’t seem to both him all that much. Check out what John Cena had to say when some haters got to posting about him or the series. 

Some pretty good stuff here with John Cena standing against the backdrop of the woods where Peacemaker and Vigilante had gone to lay waste to random appliances as a way to let off massive amounts of testosterone. It seems more than a few folks were non-plussed about this guy actually getting a series of his own, though Cena takes it all in stride here. It comes with the territory that some wouldn’t want Peacemaker to be the first place for DC to turn following The Suicide Squad. But the character has very few f#%s to give in general which makes Cena responding mostly in character here make a ton of sense. 

Peacemaker follows the events of The Suicide Squad with John Cena as the titular character being called back into action for Task Force X. He remains hilarious in the part as an infantile and dense dude with major insecurities around everything from his family, intellect, pride, and his abilities. But he compensates with massive muscles, a penchant for espousing peace at all costs, and a pet eagle appropriately named Eagley. It’s easy to root for the guy even if he seems like, in real life, you wouldn’t be able to spend more than 15 seconds with him. 

James Gunn is back in the helm, writing and directing the series and he’s brought the same comedic and bloody stylings we saw in The Suicide Squad to the Peacemaker series. Along with Cena, Jennifer Holland and Steve Agee return as Emilia Harcourt and John Economos respectively. But there are new faces here as well. Robert Patrick plays August Smith, Peacemaker’s psychotic but secretly brilliant father. Plus there is Daniell Brooks Leota Adebayo, Freddie Chase as Vigilante, and Chukwudi Iwuji as Clemson Murn. It’s a crack squad that’s trying to take down a major conspiracy. Four episodes in and the show has been more than worth it.