James Gunn: ‘Peacemaker’ Season 2 Safe on HBO Max After ‘Batgirl’ Axed

James Gunn assures DC fans that “Peacemaker” Season 2 is in great shape at HBO Max, despite recent news that Warner Bros. killed “Batgirl” from its release on the streamer or in theaters. “Peacemaker,” a spinoff of Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” starring John Cena in the title role, was a big hit for HBO Max when it debuted in early 2022. A second season has officially been released. announced in February.

“Is ‘Peacemaker’ Season 2 Safe?” asked a fan on Twitter after news broke of “Batgirl’s” death. Gunn replied, “Yes, guys, calm down.” The director then posted a behind-the-scenes photo from the filming of “Peacemaker” season 2. The image shows actress Jennifer Holland, who plays Emilia Harcourt on the show, eating a salad with movie prop blood all over her face. The conclusion is that “Peacemaker” season 2 remains in production and everything is going according to plan.

Viewers must have wondered about the future of HBO Max as rumors continue to swirl about the streamer’s potential merger with Discovery+. The recent decision to ax “Batgirl” and quietly pull other films from Warner Bros. from the streamer has led many to wonder if HBO Max is boiling. There have also been rumors that HBO Max will cut scripted programming. As far as Gunn is concerned, “Peacemaker” is “safe” and moving forward with Season 2.

Sources said Variety the decision to kill off “Batgirl” had nothing to do with the quality of the film, but was due to the studio’s desire for the studio’s DC movie slate to be on a blockbuster scale, which “Batgirl” was not, such that it was originally designed specifically for HBO Max. However, one of the driving forces behind the decision to scrap the film was also tax incentives.

Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” debuted in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day in August 2021. The film received strong reviews, with Cena then directing the spin-off series “Peacemaker” in January 2022. Gunn spoke to Variety after the first season wrapped in February to tease what was in store for Season 2.

“I know where ‘Peacemaker’ starts and where it ends, but I’m toying with other ideas about it and how it’s going to pan out,” Gunn said at the time. “John and I weren’t in on a second season from the start because we wanted to make sure it’s something we really love doing and really want to do. That’s why it’s being announced now. , because everything had to be fixed. I was not in agreement with a second season from the start, it was not a question of genre, ok, we are taken over. It is a question of I just wanted to make sure it was really something I wanted to do.

The first season of “Peacemaker” is now streaming on HBO Max.

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