‘Peacemaker’ Episode 8: The DC Show’s Finale Features Unexpected Cameos — What Do They Mean for the DCEU?
Peacemaker spends most of its first season poking fun at the other heroes in the DC Extended Universe, and the show’s finale continues that trend. In fact, Peacemaker Episode 8 takes things a step further, featuring several unexpected cameos that open up all kinds of possibilities for crossovers.
[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Peacemaker Season 1 Episode 8, “It’s Cow or Never.”]
‘Peacemaker’ Episode 8 features major DCEU cameos
Peacemaker Episode 8 marks the end of the DC show’s first outing, though it’s already been greenlit for a season 2. And the major DCEU cameos that took place in the finale raise questions about the series’ future.
Even Christopher Smith’s (John Cena) constant ragging on the Justice League didn’t prepare viewers to have DC’s main lineup of heroes appear in the show. But that’s exactly what happened. And although the group didn’t do much this time around, their cameos could leave the door open for crossovers in the future.
Peacemaker‘s finale sees Christopher and his friends successfully launching their assault on the Butterflies. But before they do, they mention calling in the Justice League. It seems Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) took their advice.
Aquaman, The Flash, Superman, and Wonder Woman arrive just as the fight with the Butterflies is ending. And while Wonder Woman and Superman remain silhouettes, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller get speaking roles as Aquaman and The Flash. Mostly, they joke about the rumors that Aquaman has sex with fish. However, their arrival leaves fans to wonder if they’ll team with Peacemaker‘s heroes sometime in the future.
What do the cameos in ‘Peacemaker’ Episode 8 mean for the DCEU?
With Peacemaker making jokes about the Justice League all season, their appearance in episode 8 could simply be for kicks. However, it’s possible the DCEU will have the characters from Peacemaker and The Suicide Squad cross paths with the Justice League again in future projects.
After all, the franchise seems to be pushing toward a more connected approach to its content. And with writer and director James Gunn planning more projects related to The Suicide Squad, it only makes sense his characters would eventually run into heroes like Aquaman and The Flash. Of course, they likely won’t get along very well — but that’s all part of the fun.
Gunn himself hasn’t gone into much detail on what he’s planning for Peacemaker Season 2 or his other DC commitments. However, he did address the cameos — and it seems they sparked some conversations over at Warner Bros.
James Gunn addresses the finale’s DC cameos
The DC cameos in Peacemaker Episode 8 came up during a conversation between James Gunn and Variety. Naturally, he had to run the whole thing by Warner Bros. for approval. And he confirmed that the appearances sparked conversations about the DCEU — though he didn’t elaborate on what they mean for its future:
“I just wrote it and gave them the scripts. I don’t think they really realized what they had agreed to until they saw what I had shot, which was the Justice League there. And then I think the full weight of it and, you know, what does this mean for the DCEU and all of that became huge pieces of conversation up to the very highest levels of Warners. And to their credit, they let me get away with it.”
Warner Bros. giving Gunn the green light does seem promising, though it doesn’t guarantee any crossovers. Fans will have to wait for future DCEU projects to see where things are headed for all of its heroes. Fortunately, there are a number of them arriving throughout 2022.
All episodes of Peacemaker are currently streaming on HBO Max.