James Gunn Explains Why He Went With Peacemaker Over Bloodsport For HBO Max Spin-Off

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James Gunn Explains Why He Went With Peacemaker Over Bloodsport For HBO Max Spin-Off

James Gunn explained at the Television Critics Association press tour panel why he went with Peacemaker instead of Bloodsport for The Suicide Squad spin-off.

The Suicide Squad featured a ton of memorable characters like Bloodsport and Ratcatcher 2, but it’s unclear if we will see them return in the future. However, one character we will see again is John Cena’s Peacemaker, who is getting his own HBO Max spin-off series that will debut next year.

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Some DC fans might’ve preferred a Bloodsport spin-off over a Peacemaker one, but James Gunn explained at the upcoming show’s Television Critics Association press tour panel why John Cena’s character made more sense:

“At the end of The Suicide Squad, Bloodsport learns a lot. He’s a better person than he was at the beginning. A lot of the characters are much better than they were at the beginning, and Peacemaker has a lot to learn. It’s that ability to learn that for me makes him a little bit more likable. His blindspots in some places are pretty terrible, and in some places are him being ignorant. I think that’s an important distinction to make as well. He is open at the same time, sometimes.”

During the panel, James Gunn also shared how the Peacemaker series will differ from The Suicide Squad:

“There are a lot of similarities to The Suicide Squad in that it’s no holds barred, but there are also a lot of things that are very different, in that it’s quieter in some ways. It’s very specifically about a different group of people, so it’s a little bit more about society. One of the leads is Peacemaker and one of the leads is Danielle Brooks, who plays Leota Adebayo. And she has a very different political view of the world than Peacemaker does.

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Here’s the official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:

Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission, with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.

Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Flula Borg, Mayling Ng, Tinashe Kajese, Steve Agee, Jennifer Holland, Alice Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Joaquin Cosio, Storm Reid, and Taika Waititi.

The Suicide Squad is currently playing in theaters, while Peacemaker will hit HBO Max in January. Stay tuned for the latest news Peacemaker and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more content!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Is Eternals The First Marvel Studios Movie To Receive A PG-13 Rating For ... SEX?!

Look away now and preserve your innocence, puritans! Everyone else, kindly settle in for an incoming rant.  Forgive me for painting with such a broad brush, but I'd go so far as to say that blockbuster filmmaking has rarely felt more cold, sexless, and emotionally distant as it does now. I won't try to dissect all the social or political reasons for why this might be the case, but nowhere is this trend more apparent than in the most popular and consistently profitable ongoing franchise: the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  When it's so difficult to imagine Marvel's idealized heroes desiring anything more than a... The post Is Eternals the First Marvel Studios Movie to Receive a PG-13 Rating for ... SEX?! appeared first on /Film.

Is Eternals The First Marvel Studios Movie To Receive A PG-13 Rating For ... SEX?!

Look away now and preserve your innocence, puritans! Everyone else, kindly settle in for an incoming rant. 

Forgive me for painting with such a broad brush, but I'd go so far as to say that blockbuster filmmaking has rarely felt more cold, sexless, and emotionally distant as it does now. I won't try to dissect all the social or political reasons for why this might be the case, but nowhere is this trend more apparent than in the most popular and consistently profitable ongoing franchise: the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

When it's so difficult to imagine Marvel's idealized heroes desiring anything more than a chaste kiss with their love interest every now and then (the heroes who actually have one, that is), it's certain to raise eyebrows that the otherwise tame-sounding MPAA rating description for Marvel's upcoming "Eternals" also includes the phrase, "brief sexuality."

We are, as you can imagine, completely scandalized by this development.

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Brief sexuality? In my Marvel movies?

That appears to be the case with "Eternals," the next installment in a franchise that — with very few exceptions — has become almost completely devoid of romance, love, or desire altogether. With thanks to ComingSoon for alerting us to the Film Ratings post for "Eternals," we now know that the superhero movie has been rated PG-13 for "fantasy violence and action, some language and brief sexuality." The film is already noteworthy because some trailer footage that's been released has revealed a simmering love triangle between Gemma Chan's Sersi, Richard Madden's Ikarus, and Kit Harrington's Dane Whitman/Black Knight. 

Between director Chloé Zhao apparently blowing minds by filming on location and now her intention of including romances that apparently result in (gasp) brief sexuality, "Eternals" appears to be shaping up as one of the MCU's most visually distinct and emotionally mature films yet.

Before anyone comes in and tries to claim that we're asking for superhero movies to be wall-to-wall orgies or shameful trysts that would be more fitting in soap operas (that's what Amazon's "The Boys" and the CW shows are for), this is more of a simple plea to depict the whole spectrum of human behavior that makes us, well, human! Stubbornly standing on the edges of ostensibly flesh-and-blood characters while continuing to push the envelope on violence feels like an oddly misguided sense of priorities, doesn't it?

Won't Somebody Please Think Of Character Development?!

Look back through the history of the MCU and a distinct trend becomes clear. The MPAA ratings for 2008's "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" (both under Paramount's purview at the time rather than Disney's, notably) received similar disclaimers that included "brief suggestive content," stemming from the fact that the films actually depicted their main heroes enjoying themselves in bed with another person for a very brief moment. In both cases, the scenes were far from gratuitous and actually helped add depth to their personalities, flaws, and, in Bruce Banner's case with the constant monitoring of his heartrate, the sacrifices made as a result of having superpowers. 

Take that, "Sex scenes don't add anything to movies and shows" weirdos!

Ever since then, however, the MCU has been a dry, barren desert of "sci-fi action violence," "some language," and, daringly, "brief suggestive comments." Seriously, we checked! The rare instances of viewers latching onto a character or a charged moment between characters have often seemed like an exception to the rule, such as the internet going wild over Cate Blanchett's goth look in "Thor: Ragnarok" or the passionate shipping fandoms that have sprung up around Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. "WandaVision," at the very least, had fun playing around with the early sitcom trope of double beds and thus added far more energy to Wanda and Vision's relationship than in all of their combined movie appearances.

In any case, rest assured that we'll be paying attention to "Eternals" and ready to document whether this rare glimpse into romance and sexuality irrevocably scars any of the kids that these movies are mostly aimed at. Something tells me it won't!

"Eternals" opens in theaters on November 5, 2021, "brief sexuality" and all.

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