James Gunn Verifies John Cena’s Comeback To The DC Universe As Peacemaker!

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Confirming my speculations from back in December, James Gunn has now officially announced that John Cena will be reprising his role as Peacemaker in the DC Universe.

In December, John Cena made a memorable appearance on WWE, emphasizing his portrayal of Peacemaker. During Friday night’s WWE Smackdown, he even announced his return to the ring on December 30, explicitly mentioning Peacemaker in his promo. Given that these promos are scripted, it’s safe to assume that Cena’s mention of Peacemaker was intentional.

James Gunn not only affirmed John Cena’s return, but also confirmed the comebacks of Viola Davis and Xolo Maridueña. Viola Davis, who appeared in both Suicide Squad movies, is set to star in the upcoming live-action Waller series and the animated Creature Commandos series. John Cena, of course, played the role of Peacemaker in Gunn’s The Suicide Squad as well as the Peacemaker HBO Max series. Xolo Maridueña recently made an appearance in Blue Beetle.

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The exact details of how all these pieces fit together remain a mystery, but Gunn has been engaging with fans on social media to provide some insight.

One fan brought up a discussion about the DC Studios movies and continuity, asking if the returning actors would be portraying new versions of their characters, akin to J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in the Marvel universe. Gunn explained, “Nothing is canon until Creature Commandos next year – a sort of aperitif to the DCU – & then a deeper dive into the universe with Superman: Legacy after that. It’s a very human drive to want to understand everything all the time, but I think its okay to be confused on what’s happening in the DCU since no one has seen anything from the DCU yet.”

Another fan inquired about the role of the Blue Beetle movie in the broader DCU landscape. Gunn confirmed that Xolo Maridueña will continue portraying Blue Beetle in the DCU, alongside Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and John Cena as Peacemaker.

There have also been rumours of Gal Gadot potentially returning as Wonder Woman, suggesting that the DCU may not be undergoing a complete reboot, but rather a selective recasting of certain roles.

As of the current information available, it appears that Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman, along with associated characters like Lois Lane, are the notable departures from the DCU. Gunn’s Superman: Legacy is slated for release on July 11, 2025, featuring David Corenswet as the new Man of Steel and Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane.