James Gunn Talks About Peacemaker’s Ensemble Cast and Storytelling

The Suicide Squad is hitting theaters and HBO Max on August 6, but it’s not James Gunn’s last DC-related project. He is re-teaming with The Suicide Squad‘s John Cena for a Peacemaker original series on HBO Max. While there hasn’t been any footage from the show to date, Gunn shed some light Peacemaker‘s ensemble cast during a new interview with Collider.

“Every character has their own story,” said Gunn. “So there’s the six main characters of Peacemaker, Leota Adebayo, who’s Danielle Brooks, Emilia Harcourt, who’s Jennifer Holland, Vigilante, who’s Freddie Stroma, Clemson Murn, who is Chukwudi Iwuji, and John Economos, who is Steve Agee. It’s really an ensemble about those six characters.”

Gunn also expressed his satisfaction with the more relaxed storytelling of a TV series as opposed to a film.

“You are able to let things relax,” added Gunn. “You are able to really, fully focus on the characters. Something can be funny. It can go on for a little while. You get into the nuances of the dramatic relationships that you don’t have time for in a movie, and you don’t have to have that constantly chugging along [pace] that you have in a movie…

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“You can have a scene that doesn’t have to do with anything in a TV show, because it’s such a large format,” continued Gunn. “We’ve got eight hours of storytelling, [so] we can have something go off, and it doesn’t really need to go to point A and point B and point C like you do in a movie… So I loved the format of television. I had a blast, and I think it suited me very well.”

Additionally, Gunn provided an update on how far along the post-production is.

“The first three are pretty much completely edited,” noted Gunn. “Four and five are coming along. They’re a little slower, because they were directed by other people. Six, I just saw the first cut of last night, which I directed, I’m really happy with. And then eight is most of the way edited, and so is seven, which is [directed by] Brad Anderson.”

Peacemaker will hit HBO Max in January 2022.

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