Peacemaker wrapped up last week with some of the most fun moments we can expect from the DC Extended Universe project. The series gave us some of the major updates in terms of a DCEU narrative with multiple references to other characters. It is surprising that it might have had some hand in bringing back the excitement for the franchise while at the same time having a narrative of its own. But while these things were highlighted by the show, it actually caused some issues regarding the status of the DCEU with one major appearance. Here’s how the Justice League cameo in Peacemaker season 1 could have affected the DC Extended Universe timeline.
Throughout the narrative of Peacemaker, a lot of interesting characters were referenced. Each one of these characters actually allowed us to know more about the status of the DC Extended Universe. While some of these names were new and thus they became a canon at the same time past characters were also referenced. One of the biggest recurring things was the Aquaman joke that was repeated quite a lot of times. These elements in the narrative of the series itself actually helped considering fans were left confused about the status of the existing characters in the franchise.
But the most exciting moment in the movie was definitely when the Justice League show up in the finale. There was a reference earlier in the series when Adebayo asks her mother Amanda Waller for the team of superheroes before attacking the Butterflies. Amanda Waller laughs it off and it makes sense that it won’t actually happen but the team does end up appearing around the end of the episode. When Peacemaker and his team had completed the mission and were walking away the Justice League ends up appearing in front of them. It ends up playing along the lines of the ongoing joke regarding the characters.
Justice League Cameo Affect DCEU Continuity
There was a certain pattern in the appearance of the heroes in the finale of Peacemaker. While four heroes arrive at the scene, only two of them were actually visible to the audience. The heroes who appeared include Superman, Aquaman, Flash, and Wonder Woman. Both Wonder Woman and Superman appeared as silhouettes whereas the other two characters actually had an interaction. Even though this makes for an exciting moment this actually affects the timeline of the narrative in the DCEU. If they did actually have to appear in the series, there should have been different versions of them.
According to one of the earlier episodes in the series, there was a reference to certain events in the DCEU. There was a conversation between the Peacemaker and his neighbor regarding the caped crusader. An important detail was dropped that made an indication of Batman’s no-kill rule. When we saw the Zack Snyder movies in the DCEU, Batman was not using his no-kill rule and there were a lot of casualties. This meant that the Batman in Peacemaker’s timeline is not the same one that we had seen before in the franchise. Thus, different iterations of Flash and Aquaman should have appeared in the cameo.
This actually complicates things further than was done with last year’s The Suicide Squad. At the end of the 2016 Suicide Squad movie, we see Batman warning Amanda Waller that he will be keeping an eye on her and Task Force X. But none of this reference in the new movie and that made us wonder if this movie actually exists in a different timeline. Introducing the same Justice League that we had seen before actually ends up making things a lot more complicated for the DCEU. We will probably get some more clarity regarding this complication once more of the DCEU projects are released later this year.
DC’s upcoming slate includes The Batman, which arrives on March 4, 2022, Black Adam on July 29, 2022, The Flash on November 4, 2022, Aquaman 2 on December 16, 2022, Shazam! Fury of the Gods will hit theatres on June 2, 2023, and Blue Beetle arrives on August 18, 2023. DC also has films like a Superman Reboot, Black Canary, Static Shock, and Green Lantern Corps. under development. But those films are undated till now.