Peacemaker Fan Art Imagines How Cena’s DC Hero Met Matter Eater Lad

Visual artist Butcher Billy’s fan art sees John Cena’s Peacemaker meet Matter-Eater Lad for the first time in an old-school style comic book cover.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Peacemaker Episode 4, “The Less Traveled Choad” now streaming on HBO Max.

Peacemaker fan art by visual artist Butcher Billy imagines the first time John Cena’s anti-hero meets Matter Eater Lad.

The art, shared by Billy on Twitter, is reminiscent of classic comic book covers and offers a visual representation of a story told by Christopher Smith/Peacemaker in Episode 4, “The Choad Less Traveled,” of his first encounter with a hero called Matter-Eater Lad, who allegedly ate an entire Wendy’s restaurant.

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Matter-Eater Lad first appeared in DC Comics in adventure comics #303 in 1962, and he’s not the first obscure creator of the hero series that James Gunn introduced to the DC Extended Universe via Peacemaker, including Bat-Mite (a “two-foot-tall interdimensional imp who stans Batman”) in the series’ second episode and Doll-Man. Gunn also introduced a few obscure characters to the DCEU as writer/director of The Suicide Squadincluding Ratcatcher 2, Polka-Dot Man and Weasel.

“I would love to see more of these characters,” Steve Agee, who plays John Economos in Peacemaker, said of these obscure characters and their potential to appear live now that they’re DCEU canon. “And that’s just a testament to the quality of James [Gunn] is to write characters. Like, he can take a character that’s really stupid on paper, you know if you’re like, “That’s a bad idea,” and really give it some depth, and he’ll make him someone you support. I would love to see Bat-Mite and Matter-Eater Lad [show up].”

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Gunn said DC and HBO Max let him go “wild” for Peacemakerallowing him to make heroes like Matter-Eater Lad and Bat-Mite DCEU canon, but also for John Cena’s Christopher Smith/Peacemaker to not only make outlandish claims about other DC Extended Universe heroes, like Superman and Aquaman.

“There is one thing that I may have taken a bit too far in the original scripts of Peacemaker, which I backed off so much on,” Gunn said. “But other than that, they kind of let me go wild. I think they had a lot of questions. Now Bat-Mite is in the DCEU. I think it’s hilarious. Who knows! But it’s like that. There were, from time to time, questions about this stuff, but for the most part these guys have been fantastic partners, but mostly HBO Max was.”

When Peacemaker was first announced, Gunn called the series “an opportunity to delve into current global issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s greatest douchebag”. He said: “I am delighted to extend The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC Cinematic Universe to the full breadth of a series.”

New episodes of Peacemaker dropping every Thursday on HBO Max.

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Source: Twitter

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