After a hilarious debut in The Suicide Squad (the good James Gunn one, not the pile of garbage starring Will Smith), John Cena returns as Peacemaker on HBO Max. While the character was great as a supporting player in a movie, could he work as a lead in a prestige series? The answer was a resounding yes! To review and discuss Peacemaker season 1, I asked Tal Blevins (former IGN editor) and Paul Semel (former Maxim, Bikini) to join me for a very special episode of RPadTV 3000.
Tal Blevins, Paul Semel, and I talk about our favorite characters, scenes, music, and aspects of Peacemaker season 1. While we all loved the series and were floored by John Cena’s performance, we had different takes on it. For example, Paul and Tal believe that this was a star-making performance for Jennifer Holland. While I enjoyed what she did in the series, I wasn’t as impressed by her as my two esteemed (and smarter) colleagues were.
As for John Cena…
…I’m going to have to take back some of the things I’ve said about him. People that know me and my WWE biases know that I am not a fan of John Cena the wrestler. My opinion of John Cena the action star isn’t much better (I thought he was garbage in Fast 9). However, I think he’s wonderful as a comedic actor. Prior to The Suicide Squad, my favorite works of Hollywood John Cena were his small roles in Trainwreck and Daddy’s Home 2. He was absolutely hilarious in both.
James Gunn maximized the comedic talents of John Cena in The Suicide Squad and took things to the next level in Peacemaker season 1. I was blown away by his comedic timing and commitment, and can’t wait for season 2.
Anyway, please watch Tal, Paul, and me chat about Peacemaker when you have a moment and share your thoughts in the comments section.