Peacemaker's Danielle Brooks explains why James Gunn created her role

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  • James Gunn
    American writer, actor and filmmaker
  • Danielle Brooks
    Danielle Brooks
    American actress
Photo credit: Jim Spellman - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jim Spellman - Getty Images

Peacemaker star Danielle Brooks has opened up about how she got the role of Adebayo in the spin-off of The Suicide Squad, and why director James Gunn created the role for her.

She said that growing up, she never saw characters in comic books who looked like her and so she didn't really read them, and said that it's only been in recent years that the comic book world and its TV and movie adaptations have become more diversified.

She revealed that Gunn was a big fan of Netflix hit Orange is the New Black and after seeing her in the show, he wrote the part with her in mind.

Photo credit: DC/HBO Max
Photo credit: DC/HBO Max

"I was really excited because first of all, I just had a child. Working was very important, because now we have a new mouth to feed," she told Variety.

"But also we had just come into the pandemic, and it's like, when will I work again — especially after having a kid. It's also this kind of nerve-racking experience, because you really want to fit in their world. When you audition and you get the part, you know that you were the right choice, but when you didn't audition, you're like, "I hope they don't feel like they made a terrible mistake."

The actress opened up about the superhero and comic book world, noting that she'd "never seen anyone like myself in this world" before, so being a part of it was exciting.

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

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"So we ended up having a meeting, and we just hit it off. I explained to him [that] I've never seen anyone like myself in this world. It was really exciting for James to say, 'I like you the way you are. I don't want you to get all this training and try to lose 100 pounds' or all this stuff.

"He didn't try to make me fit into his world. He said, "You already fit." I really appreciated that."

Starring alongside Brooks will be John Cena, Freddie Stroma Jennifer Holland, Chukwudi Iwuji, Steve Agee and Robert Patrick.

Peacemaker will be released on HBO Max on January 13, 2022 in the US. The Suicide Squad is available to rent now and can be pre-ordered on DVD and Blu-ray.

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