R.L. Stine Gives His Review Of DC's Peacemaker Show

HBO Max’s Peacemaker has gotten off to a hilarious start, and it’s even won the approval of Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. The series stars John Cena as Christopher Smith, the “douchey version of Captain America,” who sets out to achieve peace no matter how many men, women, and children he has to kill to get it. Along with Cena, the cast includes Steve Agee, Danielle Brooks, Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland, Freddie Stroma, Nhut Le, and Chukwudi Iwuji. Brad Anderson directed one episode of the eight-episode series, while writer James Gunn directed the other seven.

Peacemaker’s first three episodes premiered on HBO Max on January 13 with the remaining five releasing weekly afterward. The show follows The Suicide Squad, in which Peacemaker betrayed Task Force X and killed Rick Flag to prevent him from revealing the U.S. government's involvement in Project Starfish. After being shot by Bloodsport and left to die under a building in Jötunheim, Peacemaker is revealed to have survived in the film’s credits scene. Amanda Waller’s (Viola Davis) subordinates, in the form of ARGUS, have now been tasked with supervising Peacemaker so that he may help with Project Butterfly. On top of deconstructing its titular character, Peacemaker explores his origins and develops Gunn’s, insane corner of the DCEU.

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Overall, Peacemaker has been greeted with positive responses from fans, and the show can add words of praise from R.L. Stine to its list. The author of the beloved children’s horror series, Goosebumps and Fear Street, and Just Beyond recently took to social media to share his thoughts about Peacemaker’s first few episodes. Check out his tweet below:

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Fans and critics would likely agree with Stine. Like The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker is a hilarious riot, which becomes apparent the second viewers push play. The “best opening of a superhero series” sees the whole cast doing an interpretative version of the robot to Wig Wam's "Do Ya Wanna Taste It” all while remaining expressionless. With its dance sequence—which gets changes each episode—music, violence, profanity, and social commentary, Peacemaker is a breath of fresh air compared to other DC and Marvel shows. And that was entirely the point. On the press tour for The Suicide Squad, Gunn said he believes contemporary comic book adaptations run the risk of becoming boring if they don’t change.

With his work on Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and The Suicide Squad, Gunn has garnered a reputation as a comic-book aficionado who champions little-known characters and takes risks. Before Guardians of the Galaxy, no one thought a talking tree, Groot, would become one of Marvel’s most popular characters. With Peacemaker, Warner Bros./DC Films has given Gunn free reign to award Peacemaker and Eagly similar status albeit by more mature means. Early reviews for the series, including Stine’s, bodes well for more spinoffs (or a Peacemaker season 2) in the future.

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Source: R.L. Stine/Twitter

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