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Viola Davis in Talks to Star in ‘Peacemaker’ Spinoff at HBO Max

The universe of The Suicide Squad may be growing some more. Viola Davis, who played Amanda Waller in the film (and its definite article-less predecessor), is in talks to reprise her role for a series project in the works at HBO Max. The show would spin off from the streamer’s Peacemaker, which featured a couple […]

The Art — and Ordeals — of Showing Tattoos in TV and Movies

In preparation to star as Mötley Crüe rocker Tommy Lee in Hulu’s Pam & Tommy, Sebastian Stan needed tattoos — lots of them. Thirty-five, to be exact. To pull it off, he went to special effects house Autonomous FX before shooting and had his body scanned and measured; he was then covered in plastic wrap […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Heat Vision’s Top 10 Movies of 2021

Another pandemic year of movie watching has flown by, and it seems like there’s more to watch than ever before. But a lot of times it feels like filler. Where is the good stuff, the inspiring stuff, the stuff that dreams are made of? Don’t we need this more than ever now? One thing many […]

VFX Focus: How Weta Created Starro’s Lab Escape in ‘The Suicide Squad’

In this scene from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., Starro escapes the laboratory in which he is being held in this mostly CG shot. Some of the foreground with Margo Robbie’s Harley Quinn was shot on the backlot at Trilith Studios (formerly Pinewood Atlanta Studios) and then the rest is CG, including Starro, […]

‘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. […]

Watch John Cena as ‘Peacemaker’ in First Look at HBO Max Series

HBO Max is giving fans a first look at Peacemaker, the hotly anticipated spinoff series to James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad reboot, which stars John Cena as the titular “hero,” a psychotic costumed killer with a metal helmet who is convinced he is America’s greatest patriot. Gunn is directing the Peacemaker series, which picks up […]

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 […]

Box Office: ‘Free Guy’ Heads for Formidable $25M-Plus Opening

Director Shawn Levy’s new action-comedy Free Guy — starring Ryan Reynolds — is coming in well ahead of expectations at the domestic box office, where the recovery has been otherwise hampered by the delta variant. Free Guy grossed an estimated $10.5 million on Friday from 4,165 theaters for a projected weekend of $25 million-plus for […]

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 […]

James Gunn and the Future of DC After ‘The Suicide Squad’

[This story contains spoilers for The Suicide Squad.] James Gunn has made his mark and given his heart to the DCEU with The Suicide Squad. The filmmaker brought his trademark emotional sensibilities, love for the more outlandish comic book ideas, and a new energy to a cinematic universe still navigating its path forward. Even as […]