James Gunn Responds to Claim that Peacemaker is a 'Racist American Hero'

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John Cena's Peacemaker turned a lot of heads in The Suicide Squad and for someone who has long been considered to be a D-list character, his sudden increase in popularity is quite astonishing, to say the least. However, we found out in the James Gunn-directed flick that Christopher is more than just your average anti-hero and his suppressed aggression makes him one of the most dangerous villains in the DC Extended Universe.

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Gunn, who is set to premiere his standalone Peacemaker series over at HBO Max is well aware of Christopher Smith's issues and but apparently, some people perceive him to be a "racist American hero", something that has never come to his understanding of the character. During a Q&A at TCA (via TV Line), the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker responded to a question from a reporter who pointed out just how problematic the character actually is.

Addressing the character's questionable decisions in The Suicide Squad, Gunn said: "One of the things though that made me want to tell the story of Peacemaker is that he has a lot to learn…. a lot to learn. And it wouldn't take just one season of TV for him to learn that. But it is that ability to learn that he does have that for me makes him a little bit more likable. His blindspots in some places are pretty terrible, and in some places, they're just him being ignorant. And I think that's an important distinction to make."

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Peacemaker is a far more complex individual than your regular DC villain and I guess that's what drew Gunn to the character. As for his issues, I'm pretty sure John Cena's upcoming DCEU spinoff series will explore them and give fans a better understanding of why he does the things he does. The real question is, will the series actually paint him as an anti-hero or is he going to be a full-fledged villain moving forward?

Peacemaker is expected to hit HBO Max in January 2022