Peacemaker is on its way on HBO Max and its showrunner and director James Gunn really wants you to watch the intro of the show.
While appearing in an interview with Polygon, the Peacemaker director revealed why the 1980s rock intro on Peacemaker is so significant.
“I really wanted to do a dance number where everybody was doing something incredibly ridiculous, and looked incredibly serious while they were doing it,” he said. Gunn further explained that it was a way to “vanquish the skip forward button”, encouraging fans to see the credits for people who worked on the series.
“I thought it was something that would, you know, be a signpost for people that this isn’t just your normal DC or Marvel TV show,” he added.
James Gunn is right, of course. The insane, over-the-top intro captures the true essence of the series, which also stars John Cena in the titular role as The Suicide Squad character, Peacemaker. However, it’s not just a bit of fun, either – it also gives fans some insight into how the character ticks.
“I think that some of the rock ‘n’ roll stuff that he’s into has actually been a more positive influence on him than, say, his father has been,” said Gunn. Music has clearly been a huge influence on Peacemaker, and Gunn points out that during The Suicide Squad, his dance with Ratcatcher 2 “is the only moment he’s happy in the entire movie.”
Throughout the debut season of Peacemaker, it becomes clear that it’s a huge part of who he is.
“It’s just a part of the story, it’s a part of who the character is,” Gunn said. “I think that it’s just a part of his sort of secret joy that he has with him, you know, that he only practices by himself, for the most part, his relationship to music is a very private thing.”
It’s the same for series star John Cena, who wasn’t exactly thrilled at his musical interludes.
At the end of the show’s pilot episode, he’s forced to perform a dance number in his underwear, to the sound of “I Don’t Love You Anymore” by the Quireboys.
“I don’t dance,” explained Cena. “It’s something I’m not very comfortable with, even in a COVID, restricted environment watching you do your thing.”