The aftermath of the battle with the Butterflies in the Peacemaker season 1 finale just made it impossible for Suicide Squad 3 to work.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Peacemaker season 1 finale
Thanks to the events of the Peacemaker finale, Suicide Squad 3 is impossible now. A sequel to James Gunn’s movie hasn’t been announced, but the possibility of a third installment was strengthened by the reception to The Suicide Squad and its success on HBO Max. However, whether or not DC intends on continuing the franchise is a question that has gone unanswered for months.
Being a spinoff focused on a handful of characters from The Suicide Squad, HBO Max’s Peacemaker show seemed like it was in a good position to advance the story and perhaps create a bridge between The Suicide Squad and a potential third film. With Peacemaker (John Cena) and his allies dealing with a full-scale alien invasion, it certainly turned out to be a high-stakes story capable of laying the groundwork for some important developments in the DCEU, and possibly a tease for a future movie or two. As many had hoped, the show came with some big surprises, including some surprising cameos from the Justice League, who showed up a few moments too late for the final battle with the villains.
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One thing that the Peacemaker finale didn’t do was set up Suicide Squad 3. In fact, it did just the opposite. At the end of the episode, Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks) shocked the nation by disclosing the details of Project Butterfly to the public. Not only that, but she namedropped Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and revealed the existence of Task Force X. By exposing the purpose of the team and effectively bringing down its founder and leader, Adebayo killed any chance of Waller creating a new Suicide Squad lineup. For this reason, Suicide Squad 3 can no longer work narratively.
Task Force X was only able to exist because of its top-secret nature. The concept of the government sending criminals on missions in exchange for lighter sentences came with too many legal issues for it to work any other way. What’s more, Waller had to use these people so that she could accomplish goals that no superhero or soldier could carry out, which speaks volumes about the kinds of shady activities they were involved in. What Adebayo did in the Peacemaker finale will put Waller – and the previous missions undertaken by Task Force X – under intense public scrutiny. To avoid any further scandals, the government will have no choice but to remove Waller from power.
It’s worth pointing out that the ending of The Suicide Squad had already delivered one major setback for the group by dismantling it. But, it didn’t go as far as to rule out the possibility of Waller rebuilding it with new characters. Peacemaker, on the other hand, took that extra step. Now that Waller is ruined and the world knows about Task Force X, her superiors can’t easily replace her with someone else and create a new team for Suicide Squad 3.
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