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Will Forte Joins John Cena in ‘Coyote vs. Acme’ for Warner Bros.

Will Forte has signed on to star opposite John Cena and Looney Tune Wile E. Coyote in Coyote vs Acme, a live-action/CG animation hybrid feature from Warner Bros. Dave Green, who previously helmed Earth to Echo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, is directing. The infamously hapless canine takes center stage in the story, […]

James Gunn Engaged to ‘Peacemaker’ Actress Jennifer Holland

James Gunn is engaged to actress Jennifer Holland. The writer-director-producer, whose credits include a range of superhero-centric projects from HBO Max’s Peacemaker to films including The Suicide Squad and the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, posted a photo on Instagram on Sunday of his longtime partner sipping from a mug while showing off a diamond ring […]

How James Gunn and John Cena Made People Care About Peacemaker

[This story contains spoilers for the Peacemaker finale.] Nobody gave a shit about Peacemaker. That may seem harsh, but what was true for Christopher Smith within the narrative of the HBO Max series, Peacemaker, was also true for his comic book counterpart. It’s not so much that people disliked the character, rather that he was […]

‘Peacemaker’ Star Jennifer Holland’s Journey to Harcourt

When Jennifer Holland wrapped filming on James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad in early 2020, she put black ops member Emilia Harcourt behind her. “I didn’t think I was going to play that character again,” Holland tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I just thought I got to do this cool role in his huge movie and have […]

‘TV’s Top 5’: James Gunn on ‘Peacemaker’ and the Differences Between Marvel and DC

Welcome to the 150th episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as […]

James Gunn on ‘Peacemaker’ and the Influence of ‘Better Call Saul’

Until Peacemaker, James Gunn had never written any scripted television. In fact, he’s not even sure he’d ever read a TV script prior to writing his own in an effort to keep himself busy during the pandemic’s early days. As a massive TV fan, Gunn decided to take inspiration from some of his favorite television […]

HBO Max’s ‘Peacemaker’: TV Review

James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad' spinoff stars John Cena in the title role of a self-proclaimed superhero devoted to achieving peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.

‘Peacemaker’ Unveils First Trailer, Release Date

John Cena is seeking peace at any cost in the first trailer for Peacemaker. The trailer, unveiled at DC FanDome Saturday, reveals a release date of Jan. 13, 2022, for the eight-episode HBO Max series. Cena reprises his role as Christopher “Peacemaker” Marks after debuting the character in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad earlier this year. […]

‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ Enlists Will Poulter as Adam Warlock

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has found its Adam Warlock. Will Poulter will play the classic Marvel character in the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel. James Gunn is writing and directing the project, which has a release date of May 3, 2023, and is gearing up for production. Guardians of the Galaxy mainstays Chris Pratt, […]

James Gunn and ‘Peacemaker’ Team Pull Back Curtain on ‘The Suicide Squad’ Spinoff

The team behind HBO Max’s Peacemaker showed off new footage in a banter-filled panel Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. A trailer screened for press included Christopher “Peacemaker” Smith (John Cena) in the hospital following the events of The Suicide Squad. He explains to the orderly that he’s supposed to be in jail for […]

First Look at James Gunn’s ‘Peacemaker’ HBO Max Series

HBO Max has revealed the first footage of director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad spinoff series Peacemaker. The brief look was included in a new trailer, below, of the streamer’s upcoming programming that aired during the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night. Also included in the rundown was new footage from the Sex and […]

The Emotional Message ‘The Suicide Squad’ Star David Dastmalchian Sent James Gunn After Reading Script

“I’m a superhero!” Those words had loomed over David Dastmalchian for months. The actor was on the Panama set of The Suicide Squad preparing for the biggest scene in his biggest role to date. It’s the moment his character, Polka-Dot Man, finds his purpose after a lifetime of abuse, disappointment and loneliness. It’s the moment […]