The DCEU scored a hit with writer-director James Gunn‘s Peacemaker, which just wrapped up its first season on HBO Max. The title character and the team of agents he works with created a bonkers, fun, and often hilarious world for themselves and invited fans in for the adventure. Now that we’re invested, we have some ideas about what would please us most to see in season 2.
Peacemaker was blessed with superb supporting characters, and the most memorable was the other costumed killer on the team, Vigilante, played by Freddie Stroma. He declared himself Peacemaker’s BFF and he frequently had the funniest lines. The fact that his psychological state is very much a question mark is intriguing, as well. It feels like there are plenty of opportunities to explore this character and maximize his entertainment value. More Vigilante, please!
More Team Banter
It’s a trademark of this series now. In every episode, as they go about saving the world, the team goes back and forth discussing things, bouncing comments off each other like foul-mouthed pinballs. There is usually a ridiculous and funny element to the dialogue, but it always conveys how these characters are building camaraderie. As much as the show is about Peacemaker, the development of the team dynamic is a foundation for it as well.
More Progress for Peacemaker
Chris Smith, in his Peacemaker persona, began his own show with the villainous traits he displayed in The Suicide Squad. But then he grew. Played by John Cena, he faced more than one emotional turning point and moved past them. He faced the lingering guilt over the death of his older brother when they were kids, then came to a reckoning with his despicable father. By the end of the season, Peacemaker is clearly stating things that prove he has evolved into a better person. Season 2 should continue this—without losing his unique point of view, of course.
More of the DCEU
By now, even if you haven’t watched this show, you’ve probably heard about the cheeky cameo from Aquaman and The Flash in the season finale. The tone of Peacemaker is so distinctive that it was a bit surprising, but it worked. The whole concept was fun, and the actors seemed game. This is another thing we want more of in Peacemaker season 2. Connect it to the wider DCEU when appropriate and effective. That’s a treat for everyone who watches.
More Music and Dancing
Gunn has always paid special attention to the music in his projects, and this series is no exception. First, there’s the catchy and funny opening credits song and dance routine. Then, the viewer also gets scenes with certain songs connected to Peacemaker’s journey as a character. By the end of season one, it feels like Peacemaker’s world wouldn’t be the same without music and dancing. So, we hope they keep it up in season 2.
What do you want to see in Peacemaker season 2?
Peacemaker is streaming on HBO Max.