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The ‘Peacemaker’ Intro Is There to ‘Vanquish the Skip Forward Button’


'Peacemaker' stars John Cena, Nhut Le, Jennifer Holland, and Chukwudi Iwuji
‘Peacemaker’ stars John Cena, Nhut Le, Jennifer Holland, and Chukwudi Iwuji | HBO Max

DC films and series have become known for their dark and brooding tones. But Gunn flipped things around with his 2021 release, The Suicide Squad. And now, the filmmaker is pushing his superhero world even further into the light with the spinoff, Peacemaker

The series, which premiered on Jan. 12, follows

Peacemaker, HBO Max’s new DC superhero series, features a hilarious dance sequence at the beginning of each episode. And according to writer and director James Gunn, the ridiculous number was added to the intro so viewers would get something fun to watch during opening credits. 

The ‘Peacemaker’ show is a spinoff of ‘The Suicide Squad’

‘Peacemaker’ stars John Cena, Nhut Le, Jennifer Holland, and Chukwudi Iwuji | HBO Max

DC films and series have become known for their dark and brooding tones. But Gunn flipped things around with his 2021 release, The Suicide Squad. And now, the filmmaker is pushing his superhero world even further into the light with the spinoff, Peacemaker. 

The series, which premiered on Jan. 12, follows John Cena’s Peacemaker — a culturally clueless superhero who is on a shady work release program under Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). The Peacemaker cast includes Danielle Brooks, Jennifer Holland, Chukwudi Iwuji, Robert Patrick, and Steve Agee.

James Gunn reveals why he added that hilarious dance sequence in the intro

Most DC and Marvel series’ intros feature ramped-up music, teasing the epic action to come. But Gunn wanted to do things differently with Peacemaker. So he added a charming sequence, in which the cast does a TikTok-like dance to Wig Wam’s “Do Ya Wanna Taste It.” And along with giving viewers a good laugh, the director admitted it’s his way of trying to “vanquish the skip forward button” during the credits. 

“I really wanted to do a dance number where everybody was doing something incredibly ridiculous and looked incredibly serious while they were doing it,” Gunn told Polygon. “I thought it was something that would, you know, be a signpost for people that this isn’t just your normal DC or Marvel TV show.”

dance is an underrated tool for a superhero pic.twitter.com/BQSAeRbTjm

— Peacemaker on HBO Max (@DCpeacemaker) January 14, 2022

Cena is center stage in the intro and perfectly pulls off his hokey moves. But he told the outlet that dancing isn’t his strong suit. “I don’t dance,” Cena revealed. “It’s something I’m not very comfortable with.”

Luckily, the rest of the cast supported Cena through the number. And series star Chukwudi Iwuji noted that everyone had a great time filming it. 

“I say that was truly one of the most joyous days of filming I can remember,” the actor said. “Purely joy, just gleeful, crazy joy. I feel like my wife might leave me soon if I don’t stop singing that in the shower. She might just say enough is enough.” 

The ‘Peacemaker’ release came with three full episodes

Peacemaker released on HBO Max on Thursday, Jan. 13. The series dropped its first three episodes — “A Whole New Whirled,” “Best Friends, For Never,” and “Better Goff Dead” — for the premiere. And it will continue to air new episodes every Thursday on HBO Max. 

the things i do for peace #peacemakerparty pic.twitter.com/MmCF6c5BLI

— Peacemaker on HBO Max (@DCpeacemaker) January 14, 2022

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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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