‘The opening credits of Peacemaker justifies the whole show
James Gunn is known for his superhero movies with quirky needle drops. the guardians of the galaxy the films each featured their own “Awesome Mix” of soft rock classics like Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feelin” and Silver’s “Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang”. The Suicide Squad the soundtrack included “Folsom Prison Blues”, “People Who Died”, and “Just a Gigolo”.
The first three episodes of Gunn’s new suicide squad spin-off show Peacemaker is now streaming on HBO Max, and it continues that tradition. Peacemaker himself (played by John Cena) is a big fan of hair metal, and his song choices fill shows that have debuted so far. His musical taste extends to the opening credits of the series which is, without a doubt, the greatest opening credits in the history of the television medium.
They feature the entire cast of the show, including Cena, Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma, Jennifer Holland, Steve Agee and Mr. Liquid Metal Terminator himself, with Robert Patrick performing an elaborate dance number over a neon-lit soundstage. They’re also in full costume, so you can see, for example, Cena in his Peacemaker outfit bouncing and the Vigilante doing breakdance flips. And then at the end, Peacemaker’s pet eagle, Eaglely, makes an appearance.
It’s really sensational. This is set to be nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the Oscars next year.
The opening credits song is called “Do You Wanna Taste It?” by Norwegian glam metal band Wig Wam. Formed in Halden, Norway in 2001, the band has previously appeared as a Norwegian contestant in the European Song Contest. (Somehow they didn’t win.) “Do Ya Wanna Taste It” is the first track from their 2010 album Rock ‘n Roll Nonstop.
The credits are very silly, of course, but even beyond the fact that “Do You Wanna Taste It?” probably plays into Peacemaker’s head when he mows down the bad guys, the sequence really suits the series as a whole. All of Gunn’s schtick with superheroes deflates their clichés while doubling down on the characters’ humanity. He loves superhero movies (and now shows) about lovable misfits with weird (or not) powers who come together to form surrogate families. Same Peacemaker, a show about a solo hero, is about a lonely guy looking to connect with the people around him. So the credits start with Peacemaker dancing alone and at the end he has an entire ensemble moving with him in unison. It basically tells the entire story of the show through silly dance moves in about 70 seconds. It’s fantastic.
The first three episodes of Peacemaker are now streaming on HBO Max. The rest of the show so far is very entertaining and absolutely worth watching. (Cena is particularly good as a deranged peacemaker.) But if you click the “Skip Intro” button when it appears during the opening credits, you’re a fool.
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