‘Peacemaker’ star John Cena and showrunner James Gunn have revealed that the season finale has broken the streaming record for an HBO Max original series. The series focuses on the controversial character Cena following his appearance in the 2021 Suicide Squad. The series also stars Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma, Chakwudi Iwuji, Jennifer Holland, Steve Agee and Robert Patrick.
After a mission in The Suicide Squad, Christopher Smith as Cena donned the chrome-plated Peacekeeper helmet again to bring his notion of justice to the alien conspiracy. By joining forces with A.R.G.U.S. agents, fellow crime-fighting colleague Vigilante (Stroma), and his pet eagle, Orlusha, in Project Butterfly.
Gunn and Cena took to Twitter to share the news that the “Peacemaker” season 1 finale broke HBO Max’s record for the biggest single-day release of an HBO Max original series ever. Gunn and Cena also reported that the series’ viewership has grown significantly since the first episode aired in January, reporting that the finale’s viewership grew by 44% compared to the series’ premiere episode. Gunn thanked the viewers for coming every week and watching each episode as it airs, while Cena also enthusiastically thanked the fans for their support, stating that he is already ready for the second season of “Peacemaker”.
With Gunn confirming a second season is in development, the future for the DC Extended Universe on HBO Max is promising. While Gunn was dubious about the platform following the Suicide Squad’s simultaneous release strategy, the director later stated that he believed the film’s success on the service helped pave the way for The Peacemaker and other future DC stories on HBO Max.