Peacemaker’s John Cena Opens Up About Shazam & Cable Rejections

John Cena recently talked about being rejected for Shazam and Cable before becoming Peacemaker.

The Suicide Squad marked the debut of John Cena as Peacemaker, which was a breakout role for the former WWE star turned actor. Now Cena gets to show off more of his acting chops with the Peacemaker series that just premiered on HBO Max this week. However, Peacemaker wasn’t the first superhero role Cena was up for, and he revealed on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that he was rejected for Shazam and Cable:

Cena: “I can’t tell you how many superhero roles I’ve been rejected for. Shazam is certainly one. There was a brief try at the Deadpool universe, rejection.”

Horowitz: “For Cable I assume?“

Cena: “Yeah. Shazam was Dikembe Mutumbo. There was a few in the Marvel universe, rejected. But you know, I kept trying.

Of course, Zachary Levi ultimately landed the role of Shazam, and Josh Brolin played Cable in Deadpool 2. John Cena went on to reveal which part out of Shazam and Cable appealed to him the most:

“I think because of the fact that, here I am saying this in a waistcoat and a half-windsor, I think like a child, so Shazam was super interesting to me. And when I read the script, a lot of times, like… this is the thing, I don’t just chase ‘I want to do this,’ I always have to read it.”

Here’s a synopsis for John Cena’s Peacemaker:

PEACEMAKER explores the continuing story of the character that John Cena reprises in the aftermath of executive producer James Gunn’s 2021 film The Suicide Squad – a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it!

Peacemaker was created by James Gunn, who wrote all the episodes and directed five of them. The first season of the HBO Max series will consist of eight episodes, with Brad Anderson, Jody Hill, and Rosemary Rodriguez also directing episodes. Clint Mansell and Kevin Kiner will compose the score.

Peacemaker‘s first three episodes are now available on HBO Max. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the HBO Max series, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and be sure to subscribe to The Hamden Journal’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

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