It’s all in the small details, especially when it comes to the DCEU and in the second episode of Peacemaker, halfway through it, the series confirms that Bat-Mite is canon and exists in the shared universe as mentioned by Economos in one scene.
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Peacemaker Series Confirms Bat-Mite is Canon in DCEU
In Peacemaker Episode 2, “Best Friend, For Never,” halfway through the episode, Peacemaker and John Economos started to bicker on the mission that they are in and they were arguing whether Peacemaker fits the job to be in Project Butterfly and there, Economos mentioned that he would rather have Bat-Mite on the team over Peacemaker.
Whilst being a short scene, this confirms that Bat-Mite exists in the DCEU and given that Peacemaker is canon to the shared universe, it only means that there is the possibility of seeing Bat-Mite real soon, maybe in the same series, too, who knows, right?
Bat-Mite debuted in the Detective Comics #267 in 1959 and he is created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff. He is an inter-dimensional demon-like character who is a small man in a Batman costume. He uses his magical powers of making scenarios to re-create or draw Batman, his idol. However, he got partnered with Mr. Mxyzptlk, the demon-like version of Superman, an antagonist.
His name being dropped means a lot and the small details usually mean something, especially in shared universes like that of the DCEU. In a recent chat with ComicBook.com, James Gunn himself shared something on Bat-Mite being canon, "It's almost like playing a massive prank on the DCU making Bat-Mite canon. I think I can't say there was some big thought process to it."
James Gunn added, “I'm writing, and these things come up, and then I just sort of go with them. I do think that Peacemaker's relationship to other superheroes is very specific.”
Gunn later expounded, “He is envious. He wants to be in that holy trinity of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. He is not. He wants to be a member of the Justice League, and they would never let him into the Justice League. He wishes that people loved him as much as they love Aquaman, but they don't.”
As for the things seen on the internet, Gunn commented, "So he believes anything and kind of picks out what he wants to believe on the Internet, which any random Joe has tweeted or put on."
Gunn continued, "He also doesn't quite understand the Internet. He's not very well versed in the Internet, so he sees something on Facebook, and somehow he thinks that's fact. But I think that it also serves his envy to be these things about people."
Do you think Bat-Mite will appear on the DCEU anytime soon? It would be fun to have him around as another antihero, and if he arrives, would Mr. Myxzptlk be on screen, too?
Peacemaker hits HBO Max every Thursday and the first three episodes are now up for streaming.