John Cena is covered head-to-toe in fake blood while strolling around the Vancouver set of the upcoming DC Comics-based series Peacemaker
John Cena took a solo stroll around the Vancouver set of the upcoming DC Comics-based series Peacemaker on Thursday.
The 44-year-old actor was covered in fake blood and flashed a peace sign as he made his way around the production area of the forthcoming show.
The project is based on the character of the same name and serves as a spinoff of the soon-to-be-released superhero feature, The Suicide Squad.
Just another day on set: John Cena was covered head-to-toe in fake blood while strolling around the production area of the upcoming HBO Max series Peacemaker on Thursday
Cena showed off his imposingly chiseled arms in a form-hugging red spandex top that featured his character’s insignia across the chest.
The professional wrestler tucked his top into a pair of beige pants that also bore the aftermath of what appeared to be a very intense fight scene.
The F9 actor pushed the bottom of his trousers into a set of high-top black boots, both of which were covered in more than a little bit of fake blood.
He notably wore a black facial covering to protect himself from COVID-19 as he strolled around the upcoming series’ set.
Ready to go: Cena showed off his imposingly chiseled arms in a form-hugging red spandex top that featured his character’s insignia across the chest
Development on the project began in 2020 when series creator James Gunn was working on The Suicide Squad during his period of quarantine.
The 54-year-old filmmaker then began writing Peacemaker as a distraction from his other work before he was approached about potentially creating a show after the movie ended production.
Gunn and James Safran, who had worked on several DC Comics-based films previously, both serve as executive producers on the project.
The former will also direct five out of eight episodes of the program and wrote all of their scripts.
Pet project: Series creator James Gunn began working on Peacemaker out of boredom during his period of quarantine; he is pictured in 2017
Cena signed on to the series in September of last year and also retained a co-executive producer credit for the show.
Other performers set to appear in the program include Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma and Steve Agee, who reprises his role as John Economos from The Suicide Squad.
Peacemaker will be centered around the origins of the eponymous character, who straddles the line between being a superhero and a supervillain.
Physical production on the series began this past January, with filming taking place predominantly in Vancouver, and it is currently set to conclude later this month.
The superhero-based show is currently set to make its debut on the HBO Max streaming service next January.
Seriously involved: Cena signed on to the series last year and also serves as one of the project’s co-executive producers
Storyline: The show will focus on the origins of the eponymous character as he learns how to straddle the line between being a superhero and a supervillain
Gunn spoke about Cena’s character during an interview with Empire, where he noted that the show would be focused on an individual with a very clear moral compass.
He said: ‘Peacemaker has a clear set of ideals that I find really interesting. You know: “I want peace no matter how many men, women and children I need to kill to get it.”‘
The Guardians Of The Galaxy director also noted that, while working on the program, he visibly saw how its leading man was able to express that divide in responsibility in a very clear way.
‘Sounds like nonsense, but it also makes a lot of sense. And you see in John’s performance how he does not feel good about it – something I thought was the seed of an entire eight-episode show,’ he remarked.
Getting it across: During an interview with Empire, Gunn mentioned that Peacemaker had a ‘clear set of ideals’ and that Cena was able to visually present very well