If you have seen the first three episodes of Peacemaker, you know that it has probably the best opening credits ever on television where we see the main characters dancing to Wig Wam's "Do Ya Wanna Taste It" while maintaining a serious expression. It's the type of opening credits that you wouldn't ever expect for a superhero TV show and yet James Gunn was able to get away with it.
Speaking with Podly: The Peacemaker Podcast, Gunn discussed the process of crafting the already-iconic opening credits in which he shared that he hired Charissa Barton to choreograph the dance number. Then, he talked about the hidden meaning behind it which may or may not surprise you.
He said, "One of the fun things that you'll see as you watch the episodes of the series is [the opening credits] plays a different role in every episode ... I know people are going to be able to skip over it — I hope they don't — because it plays a different role in every [episode]. It just always tells a different story. You'll see as our story gets darker, deeper, and more sad, that the dance itself kind of becomes more sad and more serious and less funny. So it's interesting to see in that way."
For now, most of us see the opening credits as hilarious and goofy. The idea of the main characters dancing with a serious expression is already wacky enough, but the fact that the actors were so committed to the choreography added to the fun and laughter that we're having. It's also remarkable that Robert Patrick, who plays Auggie Smith in the series and is also widely known for playing T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, was very much into it as well.
There's no denying that the opening credits of Peacemaker is something that you shouldn't skip and has also already cemented itself as one of the best TV opening credits of all time. Let's just wait and see as we watch the following episodes to find out the hidden meaning that Gunn is hinting.
New episodes of Peacemaker premiere every Thursday on HBO Max. You can watch the opening credits here which we know you'll watch for hundreds of times: