Currently John Cena is succeeding as The Peacemaker in the HBO Max series, but before landing the role he was rejected many times by DC Comics and Marvel Studios.
Director James Gunn convinced John Cena that he would interpret The peacemaker in the film the suicide squad (2021), he liked the work done by the former WWE fighter so much that before it was released in theaters around the world they confirmed that they would also make a series about this character. But this great opportunity has come to the actor after many rejections by DC Comics Y Marvel Studios.
The actor John Cena reveals that he lost these important roles:
“I can’t tell you how many superhero roles I’ve been turned down for. Shazam is certainly one. There was a brief attempt at the Deadpool universe, rejected. Shazam! It was Dikembe Mutumbo. There were some in the Marvel Studios universe, but I was rejected. But you know, I kept trying. I think like a child, so Shazam was very interesting for 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.”
The role for the movie Dead Pool 2 was the one from Cable that in the end he interpreted it Josh Brolin, while Shazam! is Zachary Levi, an actor who continues with the character and who could face The peacemaker from John Cena because they belong to the same Cinematic Universe.
He also revealed how James Gunn convinced him to join the movie The Suicide Squad.
John Cena said: “James Gunn is the only person who gets a free pass. The only reason he gets a free pass is his reputation as a storyteller. He just doesn’t give up, he scratches every piece, and I know it’s going to be good, because he starts from a blank page and that’s it. But I always read it, I always read the story to make sure that one, I like it, and two, it falls within my skill set. I want to challenge myself, but I don’t want the first time I do something to be on screen for a paying customer. I want to practice and perform at a level that is quality for the consumer.”
John Cena reveals how the meeting with James Gunn went: “I read all those scripts, and I read all those parts, and I was like, ‘Man, I really think I could add to this, but I just got rejection after rejection after rejection. But I guess that’s what… Low points make high points high. And the crazy thing was that I was not the first on the list of The Peacemaker. James Gunn had a very long list, and it also happened by accident. It’s like: Hi, I’m in Atlanta, I’d love to come over and talk to you for a second. We sat in his pre-production office, which was literally like a war HQ where you could see the whole movie on cardboard plastered around his office, and he started talking about The Peacemaker, and he said, I think you should do it. So I haven’t been rejected? They’re usually like, ‘Hey, I love you, man, but we’re going in another direction.
The peacemaker (peacemaker) starring John Cena is currently airing on hbo max.