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|“||I cherish peace with all my heart. I don't care how many men, women and children I need to kill to get it.||„|
|~ Peacemaker's most famous quote.|
Christopher Smith, better known as Peacemaker, is a major character in the DC Extended Universe. He made his debut as the secondary antagonist of The Suicide Squad and will return as the titular main protagonist of the HBO Max television series Peacemaker.
He is a deranged vigilante who believes in ensuring peace and liberty at all costs no matter how many lives he has to kill or horrible acts he has to commit in order to do so. He joined Task Force X as part of Bloodsport's second team thanks to Amanda Waller offering him a pardon for his crimes if he were to remove all traces of evidence of her involvement with Project Starfish.
|“||This is Christopher Smith, known as Peacemaker. In his hands, anything is a deadly weapon. His father was a soldier who trained his son how to kill from the moment he was born.||„|
|~ Amanda Waller introducing Peacemaker|
Christopher Smith is the son of Auggie Smith, a former soldier and racist who placed his views and ideology into his son at a young age. Auggie had his son to through rough training at his birth, and would leave Christopher psychologically scarred from his training and his views.
Peacemaker was a vigilante who had the bizarre ideology of killing as many people and doing as much horrible activities as he needed to in order to achieve peace. Eventually he found himself incarcerated in Belle Reve for his crimes where he remained until he was given the offer by Amanda Waller to join Bloodsport's second Task Force X team to be disbanded to Corto Maltese with the secret mission of ensuring her involvement with Project Starfish doesn't get out to the public in exchange for a pardon which he accepted.
The Suicide Squad
Peacemaker joins Bloodsport's second Task Force X team deployed into Corto Maltese; comprised of himself, Ratcatcher 2, Polka Dot Man and King Shark. Almost immediately Peacemaker and Bloodsport have a dislike for one another and develop a rivalry due to their similar skills and conflicting personalities much to the amusement of Ratcatcher 2. On the first night of the mission, the team set up camp and disaster strikes almost immediately when King Shark attempts to eat Ratcatcher 2 only stopping when Bloodsport intervenes. Much to Bloodsport and Peacemaker's bewilderment, Ratcatcher 2 appears to be unfazed by the fact that she almost got eaten and instead of being angry at King Shark makes a deal with him after hearing that he doesn't have any friends, that in exchange for not eating any of them they'd become his friends which the latter eagerly accepts, Bloodsport dumbfounded calls Ratcatcher 2 an idiot for this and Peacemaker appears amused at the situation.
The next morning the team is ordered by Waller to rescue Rick Flag from an enemy camp and they do so, with Bloodsport and Peacemaker using the task as a chance to show off to each other in an attempt to prove to the other that they were superior. In the end, they found Flag sitting in a tent with the group's leader Sol Soria laughing and drinking tea much to the confusion of the others until he explained that this was a rebel group who were fighting the Maltese government and saved his life. To Sol Soria's horror, she leaves the tent to find her entire force killed and although hesitant at first agrees to help the squad since they're after the same goal.
That night the group travel via bus to a nightclub frequented by The Thinker to intercept him although arrive three hours early so to pass the time the group have drinks and begin dancing to enjoy themselves until The Thinker finally arrives and Bloodsport abducts him. Unfortunately however at this moment, a group of the Corto Maltese Armed Forces arrives in search of a group of American spies invading their land and a quick-thinking Bloodsport gives The Thinker to Ratcatcher 2 and Polka Dot Man before giving himself, Flag and Peacemaker up to the military as a distraction. While being escorted away in a prison van the three men manage to best the soldiers and regain their weapons before reuniting with the rest of the team. On the ride, the three learned from one of the soldiers that Harley Quinn was currently being held captive by Mateo Suarez to be tortured for information so Flag decides their next move should be to rescue her, and although protesting Peacemaker goes along with the plan regardless.
When the group arrives to try and scope a plan to save Harley they're surprised to find she actually managed to break herself free and the team now finally make their move in destroying Jotunheim, first by making The Thinker drive them in to avoid suspicion, Peacemaker then forced his head onto the retinal scan painfully to allow them access into the building and from there the group split into two teams; one comprised of Peacemaker himself, Bloodsport, Harley Quinn, Polka Dot Man, King Shark, and the original bus driver Milton who would all place explosives around each floor of the building and another solely comprised of Ratcatcher 2, Rick Flag and The Thinker who was escorting them to the basements of Jotunheim where he was holding Starro and all of its victims.
Suspicious of The Thinker, Peacemaker followed the second team after finishing with his explosives and found them in The Thinker's revealing rant about the American government and Waller's involvement with Project Starfish with him claiming to not be surprised, while this is happening Flag attempts to steal the hard drive containing all of the incriminating evidence against Waller before being stopped by Peacemaker holding him at gunpoint, explaining he needs the information to be kept hidden to gain his pardon, a disgusted Flag begins fighting Peacemaker while Ratcatcher 2 and The Thinker watch, unfortunately however at that moment the entire ceiling caved in after the explosive devices went off early thanks to an accident involving Polka Dot Man.
When coming to the team are horrified to discover Starro's casing was now broken, with The Thinker turning to Ratcatcher and asking what they've all done before trying to escape until Starro dragged him into its chamber before ripping him in half as revenge for the torture he subjected it to. Peacemaker and Flag continue fighting and although wounded Peacemaker manages to kill Flag by stabbing him in the chest with a broken floor tile, before dying Flag scoffed at Peacemaker and what a joke he was considering his actions, and although left slightly shaken Peacemaker continued with his mission.
Ratcatcher 2 watching him kill Flag first hand in horror grabbed the hard drive in the ensuing chaos and tried to flee with Peacemaker eventually cornering her and preparing to kill her despite her begging him not to, Peacemaker regretfully prepares to pull the trigger until at that moment Bloodsport fell through the ceiling, having fallen through nearly every floor of Jotunheim after the initial damage caused by the explosions and saw Peacemaker holding his gun at Ratcatcher 2, she explained to Bloodsport that he killed Flag and was going to kill her for trying to stop him keeping Waller's corruption a secret and an enraged Bloodsport engages in a standoff with Peacemaker. The two men each fire their guns at the same time, although Bloodsport's bullet manages to break through Peacemaker's and hit him in the neck presumably killing him, echoing a previous argument the two had over the effectiveness of Bloodsport's smaller, skinnier bullets. Peacemaker was then buried in the rubble of Jotunheim following the Starro attack on the city.
Surprisingly enough, Peacemaker survived the attack and was being held in a hospital back in the States in critical condition. As punishment for betraying her, Waller forced two of her staff (John Economos and Emilia Harcourt) to supervise him in his recovery and any further action he takes. It's currently unknown if, once Peacemaker fully heals, he will go after Bloodsport and Ratcatcher 2 to get back at the former for nearly killing him and to silence them for discovering the US government's involvement in creating Starro or he will try to live up to his name and be a more heroic figure as a penance for killing Rick Flag.
|“||Peacemaker? What a joke...||„|
|~ Rick Flag's last words before succumbing to his wounds at the hands of Peacemaker, showing his disdain for the hypocrisy in his ideology.|
Peacemaker is a rude, condescending, obnoxious, and abrasive man who is very literal-minded, although in his own twisted way does try to fight the good fight. He is obsessed with peace and obtaining it all costs, although his way of achieving it contradicts this mindset completely. He is also ruthless, willing to do anything and hurt anyone to get what he wants even if he doesn't want to hurt the person, as demonstrated from the way he talks to Ratcatcher 2 before preparing to kill her. Peacemaker was also very literal-minded and quite overzealous and bombastic in the way he conducted himself.
Peacemaker does have his good qualities however as he does genuinely believe in and want to achieve world peace although goes about it insanely and he does get along with most of his teammates and is genuinely nice to them until he feels they endanger his mission. However, his good qualities are far outweighed by his delusional ideology of achieving world peace through his twisted actions, going so far as to openly admitting his willingness to kill innocent people including children for the sake of his mission.
Peacemaker is a tall, handsome, muscular man with fair skin, brown eyes, slicked back brown hair, and thick brown eyebrows. He is usually seen in his supervillain get-up which consisted of a red short sleeved shirt with blue accents and his logo in the center, white trousers tucked into blue combat boots, he also wore blue gloves and a blue ammo belt. Peacemaker also usually wore his helmet, a metallic chrome piece designed to protect his head which covered the top half of his face, according to Bloodsport it resembled a toilet seat more than anything else.
- This is the first live action adaptation of the Peacemaker character.
- John Cena's description of Peacemaker as a "douchey Captain America" caught on with many fans and has became something of a mild meme.
- F9 and The Suicide Squad, both of which John Cena starred in, came out in 2021.
- James Gunn originally offered the role of Peacemaker to Dave Bautista as he had done previous films with him, but Bautista had turned it down in for his role in Army of the Dead.