Peacemaker stars Jennifer Holland and Steve Agee have opened up about reprising their roles from The Suicide Squad.
Back in 2020, Warner Bros and James Gunn revealed that The Suicide Squad star John Cena was set to have his own HBO Max series, revolving around his character, Peacemaker. Originally advertised as a prequel, the series was eventually revealed to be a continuation of the story, with Gunn considering it a sequel to the film. The post-credits scene that teased the series also featured Jennifer Holland’s and Steve Agee’s characters who were teased as Peacemaker’s new handlers.
In the film, Jennifer Holland and Steve Agee played Emilia Harcourt and John Economos. The two took on supporting roles in The Suicide Squad, working directly under Amana Waller, providing tech support for Task Force X. Eventually they rebelled against Amanda Waller, as Bloodsport and company attempted to battle Starro. The after-credits ending seemed to suggest that the two were being hired as Peacemaker’s handlers as punishment for their rebellion.
In a recent interview with Comicbook.com, the two actors spoke about their roles in The Suicide Squad and why they opted to return for the HBO Max series. Steve Agee stated that a lot of it had to do with the fact that he found the character personally relatable:
“He was pretty relatable to me. I’m a guy who’s at his computer most days when I have the free time. And it was also just very exciting to play a guy who, at certain instances, was kind of forced to go out of his comfort zone and confront people and be physical. I related to all that. I related to not wanting to have to fight somebody or go out. And also, I related to being the butt of everyone’s jokes. He perfectly described my high school experience. So it was a pretty perfect character for me.”
Jennifer Holland, on the other hand, was eager to develop the character who she felt didn’t have enough time in the DC Extended Universe:
“Oh gosh. I feel like I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I was just so excited to explore everything about her. I think I was excited to explore her flaws and her strengths, but probably the thing I was most excited about was the physicality of the role because I’d never really gotten to really dive into a role that was so physical in any of my past work, so getting to go to all of the fight training and the stunt training and work with the incredible stunt team. John Cena’s stunt double, Spencer, I worked with him tirelessly. He was constantly standing in for whatever actor I was going to be working with. And he was just great. And my stunt double, Yulia, was incredible. I love her so much. She makes me look so badass on this show. But yes, so probably the physicality and the fights and shooting the guns and all of that stuff.”
Here’s a synopsis for James Gunn’s Peacemaker:
PEACEMAKER explores the continuing story of the character that John Cena reprises in the aftermath of executive producer James Gunn’s 2021 film The Suicide Squad – a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it!
Peacemaker was created by James Gunn, who wrote all the episodes and directed five of them. The first season of the DC series will consist of eight episodes, with Brad Anderson, Jody Hill, and Rosemary Rodriguez also directing episodes. Clint Mansell and Kevin Kiner will compose the score.
Peacemaker premieres on HBO Max on January 13, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming DC series and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.