Warning! This article includes spoilers for Peacemaker episodes 1-3.
We were already pretty excited to try out James Gunn’s new superhero HBO Max show, Peacemaker, but once we found out more about one of its main characters, who happens to be a lesbian, we were completely on board!
A direct follow up to Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker follows the titular former Task Force X member (played by John Cena) as he’s given a new job by Amanda Waller once he recovers from the injuries he suffered in the movie. But this time he’s got an all-new team.
Peacemaker’s crew features Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) and John Economos (Stave Agee), two characters from the movie who helped the squad when they went rogue. But it also has some new faces. There’s also Freddie Stroma as the violent vigilante Vigilante, and our personal favorite character, Orange Is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo.
She's a somewhat mysterious character in the first few episodes. We know she’s new to this kind of work, and only doing it temporarily, and the others on the team don’t really trust her.
So...who is Leota?
Well, when we first meet her, she’s talking to her partner, Keeya. The two have just moved to a new city for Leota’s new job, and it’s causing some stress in their relationship. Later, it’s revealed that Leota is actually Amanda Waller’s daughter, and that’s why she’s been added to the team. We still don’t know everything about her, like what all of her skills are, but we’ve seen glimpses. She’s a great getaway driver, good with a gun, and has terrific instincts.
Brooks does an incredible job as Leota, making her the most lovable member of the Peacemaker team. She's also the audience-surrogate, and we're learning more about her each episode.
Of course, Leota isn’t the first queer woman to be on a team with Peacemaker. In The Suicide Squad, he worked together with Harley Quinn to save the world. So far, showing queer women is one area the DCEU has outshone the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So far, the first three episodes have aired, with one more coming each Thursday for the next five weeks. It’s probably not a show for everyone, as it features a lot of graphic violence and some very dark humor. But if those are your things, and you’re looking for more lesbian leads on TV, it might be the perfect fit for you.
New episodes of Peacemaker air Thursdays on HBO Max!