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When is DC’s Peacemaker series coming out? Release date, cast, more

Published: 12/Nov/2020 18:46

by Emma Soteriou

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Peacemaker writer and director James Gunn has confirmed that the series will be a part of the DCEU. Here is everything we know about the series so far.

The Suicide Squad movie is yet to reach our screens, yet one of the characters introduced – Peacemaker – has already got his own show in the works.

With the DC movie universe expanding further into TV series, fans are excited to see what’s in store.

john cena as peacemaker
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John Cena as Peacemaker

When will Peacemaker be released?

The show is still relatively early on in its process, however, it’s clear that there will be eight episodes and it’s planned to be available to stream on HBO Max. The release date is not confirmed but is likely to be near the end of 2021 or in 2022.

Production is expected to begin very soon – the start of 2021 at the latest – as James Gunn also has to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3 too.

In an Instagram post, Gunn said he was already in Canada quarantining in preparation for the series to start shooting.

 

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XBox just sent me this free Series X. They are obviously trying to distract me during the busiest time of my life, as I work on my two movies & TV show (as if the election this week didn’t distract me enough!) Anyway I just started my two week quarantine here in Canada before ramping up production on Peacemaker so maybe I’ll have to squeeze in a little game time. 😬 Big thanks to @xbox & @microsoft (and no this is not a paid ad – XBox just knows I’ve been a super fan of their console going back to the beginning.) Also, please don’t start with the XBox/PlayStation shit talk below. You can like both or either, who cares? Don’t you think I get enough of that rivalry working for both DC & Marvel? #Xbox #xboxseriesx

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Who is starring in Peacemaker?

It was recently revealed that, alongside John Cena’s Peacemaker, the cast will include Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo, Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith, Chris Conrad as Vigilante, and Jennifer Holland as Emilia Harcourt, reprising her role from The Suicide Squad.

James Gunn, who took on the project after directing The Suicide Squad, is both writing and directing the show.

He confirmed the cast in an Instagram post, also answering one question on a lot of fans’ minds.

He revealed that Peacemaker will be a part of the DC Extended Universe, which usually centers around the movies.

This will be the first DC series to be like this, seemingly following in the footsteps of Marvel, who have introduced their shows into the MCU.

DC's Peacemaker
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A poster for the upcoming series

What will happen in the show?

As Peacemaker is expected to heavily tie in with The Suicide Squad movie, little is known about what will happen in the show, aside from the fact it will look at Peacemaker’s origin story.

The character is known to do whatever it takes to ensure peace – even kill – so he may face some consequences to his actions throughout the episodes.

In a press release, Gunn said: “Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag. I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series…”

In the lead up to the new series, anticipation is building, especially as The Suicide Squad – Peacemaker’s movie debut – is also on the way. It will be in theaters on August 6, 2021.

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Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.