Nonetheless, well-executed motion sequences are all tremendous and dandy, however this finale doesn’t really land with no plausible emotional core at its middle. Fortunately, Peacemaker is ready to pull that off as properly. Many occasions this season the present has overlooked what makes Peacemaker, Peacemaker – an intractable pressure with “proto-fascist libertarian concepts of freedom” as Adebayo later places it. His characterization began to turn out to be extra coherent final week due to the flashback of his brother, Keith’s demise. This week, nonetheless, brings all of it into crystal focus.
Whereas initially they simply felt like one other James Gunn monster creation, the butterflies have been the perfect Peacemaker villain this complete time, albeit in secret. There’s one thing perversely paternalistic about wanting peace in any respect prices, irrespective of how many individuals should die to realize it. Ideologically, Peacemaker’s objectives are fascistic in that they require a robust particular person to kill all of the world’s assholes to maintain the peace. Effectively, lo’ and behold, it seems the butterflies need just about precisely the identical factor.
Having noticed how humanity appears destined for climatological, cultural, and political damage identical to of their dwelling world, the butterflies determined to step up and be the human race’s Bug Mommies and Bug Daddies. The pre-Rick Flag Peacemaker of The Suicide Squad most likely would have been simply satisfied to go together with this. This iteration of Peacemaker doesn’t. As a result of he has buddies who would get caught within the crossfire.
A little bit corny? Certain. However generally corny is appropriate. All the very best laid ideological plans of mice and males typically go awry after they meet one different individual these plans will negatively have an effect on. And due to John Cena’s inherent appeal, the present is ready to pull it off.
That’s to not say that Peacemaker ends this season as a extra cuddly superhero. A pair of unbelievable DC cameos sees to that. Having Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ezra Miller’s Flash cease by (together with Superman, Batman, and Surprise Lady’s noticeably obscured silhouettes) to verify that Arthur Curry actually does fuck fish is a masterstroke of fan service and the proper cherry to placed on this profane sundae.