John Cena in Full Peacemaker Costume Makes a Surprise SDCC Appearance

John Cena made a surprise appearance at the Peacemaker costume contest at San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition wearing his own official costume. Cena originated the character of Peacemaker in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which hit theaters and HBO Max this summer on August 6. He was one of the villains assigned to Task Force X to take down Thinker's secret operation on Corto Maltese, and his loyalty to his mission caused him to clash with his teammates.

In September of last year, it was confirmed that the character would be getting his own spinoff Peacemaker series on HBO Max. The series is set to explore both the origin of the character and the missions he undertakes after the events of The Suicide Squad. The series will also star Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo, Steve Agee as prison warden John Economos, Robert Patrick as Peacemaker's father Auggie Smith, Jennifer Holland as NSA agent Emilia Harcourt, and Freddie Stroma as Adrian Chase, who is also known as the hero Vigilante. Peacemaker is set to premiere on January 13, 2022.

Related: Peacemaker Fixes John Cena's Suicide Squad Dick Jokes Mistake

Yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition, they held a Masquerade costume contest. During the Peacemaker portion, John Cena surprised the crowd by appearing in full costume. He gave a short speech thanking the fans and introducing a sneak peek at the upcoming show. After John Cena teased the moment on his Twitter, the official San Diego Comic-Con Twitter shared an up-close look at his speech. Check out both posts below, along with a video recorded from the event that was shared by Parks and Cons on YouTube:

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Peacemaker wrapped production in Canada in July of this year before The Suicide Squad even premiered. James Gunn directed 5 episodes of the 8-episode season, with Jody Hill, Rosemary Rodriguez, and Brad Anderson tackling the other 3. Every episode was written by James Gunn, however, so his idiosyncratic voice will be present throughout the entire series.

Peacemaker is certainly managing to build some strong buzz around it, which can hopefully garner more viewership than The Suicide Squad, which suffered at the box office. The fact that it's streaming rather than premiering in theaters during an especially difficult time for audience confidence in their own safety will likely give it a boost. However, if the show is rated poorly, it's unlikely DC will approve any more Suicide Squad-related projects for the time being.

Next: Peacemaker Cast: Every Returning & New DC Comics Character

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