John Cena Explains Peacemaker’s Evolution in the Season Finale
Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Peacemaker episode 8! Peacemaker’s evolution.
In The Suicide Squad, John Cena’s Christopher Smith/Peacemaker said he was willing to kill anyone in the name of peace. But in the first season of Peacemaker, Chris’ ideology evolved over the course of eight episodes. Chris changed so much that he didn’t side with the alien butterflies even though they largely shared his views about humanity. In a new interview with Fandom, Cena explained why Peacemaker isn’t the same man he was at the beginning of the series.
“In eight episodes, you see Christopher Smith’s decision-making process change,” said Cena. “I think the choices he makes in the final episode is a testament to James Gunn’s ability to write a beautiful ensemble. Every character’s decision making process changes. It’s beautifully harmonic to see everyone be put to make some difficult choices and for every character to show growth.”
“All the choices that Peacemaker makes in the finale show growth and to me that’s a sign of a good story arc,” added Cena. “In life, you’re not always the same person you were a year ago or a few years ago. It sums how we should always be on the path to growth and really is a testament to how James Gunn crafts a narrative.”
Cena went on to share the reasons why Peacemaker lashed out at the Justice League, and why he feels the need to constantly berate them.
“Peacemaker is a jealous superhero,” noted Cena. “Well, I don’t know if he’s even a superhero, but he’s jealous. He’s jealous of the other superheroes because of what they have. And he wants that and he doesn’t have it. So he has to bad mouth everybody… Calling The Flash a d-bag, weaving his jokes about Aquaman in there, and talking about Wonder Woman’s desire for him. Everything he says is just indicative of how insecure he is. He wants to be where they are.”
Regardless of Peacemaker’s feelings, Cena expressed gratitude for Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller reprising their respective roles as Aquaman and Flash for cameo appearances in the finale.
“I’m forever grateful [to Momoa and Miller], because they did us a huge solid by doing that,” related Cena. “And they were able to put themselves in the limelight and get everybody talking, but they do so in a way where the joke’s not on them. And they did it for the good of our show. Whether that was their intention or not, it really, really, really, really helped us, especially after eight episodes of people being excited about the show, to put a stamp on it. It lets everybody know that there’s a new player in the DC Universe and that this is what’s going on. ‘These folks are now on an equal playing field, wow!’ That’s my takeaway from that.”
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Recommended Reading: Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Trial by Fire