Peacemaker’s John Economos was one of the few Wallers who trusted the comics

Today we take a look at how John Economos was portrayed in the Suicide Squad comics as opposed to his portrayal in the Peacemaker TV series.

This is “Glimpse of a Story”, a feature film that examines the comic book version of a character that was adapted for film or television as a simple “name/look” adaptation, as opposed to my” Written in the Book,” which features more traditional adaptations of comic book characters and stories.

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WHAT WAS JOHN ECONOMOS’ ROLE IN THE DC EXTENDED UNIVERSE?

We first met John Economos, played by Steve Agee, in the film written and directed by James Gunn last year, The Suicide Squad. He was one of Amanda Waller’s agents who helped lead the squad in the field…



Later in the film, when the team members decide to stop Starro from taking control of Corto Maltese, Waller wants them killed for disobeying his orders to get away. She even tries to detonate the bombs in her head, but one of Waller’s agents, Flo Crawley (played by Tinashe Kajese), knocked out Waller and Ecocnomos and the others then returned to help the team kill Starro.

At the end of the film, Economos and Emelia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) are punished for their roles in the mutiny (since they didn’t actually punch Waller, they weren’t arrested) by being forced to work with Peacemaker on a mission. .



During the Peacemaker series, Economos proved himself many times, including killing a super gorilla with a chainsaw…


john economos on the peacemaker killing a gorilla

Still, he’s mostly a comic book character, just a character with some depth. What about the comics, though?

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WHAT WAS JOHN ECONOMOS’ ROLE IN DC COMICS?

Instead of being a general support staff member in the comics, John Economos is actually the warden of Belle Reve Prison, the super criminal house that the Suicide Squad uses for its members and also the secret house of the Squad itself. We first meet John in Suicide Squad #1 (by John Ostrander, Luke McDonnell and Karl Kesel) giving a spiel to reporter Vicki Vale, while of course hiding the Squad’s secrets…



The clever part of this interview is that Economos is just tough enough for Vale to make it seem like the story here IS whether it’s ethical to keep a prisoner in a constant state of near-unconsciousness…


This makes Vale think that all mistrust is over and not the fact that he is also secretly hiding an entire Secret Government covert ops team of super villains!

In Suicide Squad #9 (by Ostrander, McDonnell and Bob Lewis), we see him addressing Waller as “Mrs. Waller” and they don’t seem to have much of a relationship…


However, in the next issue we see that there is something more to it. There obviously aren’t many people in this world who can tell Waller she’s making a mistake, and yet Economos casually berates her for her reluctance to work with Colonel Rick Flag, whom Waller doesn’t trust. partly because he was assigned to the Squad with her, so he wasn’t “her” guy…



By the end of the issue, however, after Flag stands against Batman (who had broken into Belle Reve to investigate the team and expose him, until Waller thwarts his moves by threatening to reveal his identity secret, which they were able to discover while testing the gloves he used as part of his prisoner costume to enter the prison), Waller agrees to give Flag the frontman gig again…


Economos’ state as “just a regular guy” amidst all this madness was often used for him to be comic relief, such as when the team went rogue to rescue one of their captured teammates. and that the team waited for Waller’s wrath and John joked that they probably wouldn’t have killed them…



Five issues later, as they debated adding Doctor Light to the team, John mocked the villain, before knocking his chair over too much…


The key here, however, is that while John did embarrass himself, it was more of some sort of relatable mess than just being a jester to him. He was a capable guy, but he was still just a guy and sometimes you knock your chair over too much.

In Suicide Squad #22, Waller was dealing with a government fink who planned to use his knowledge of the team to blackmail Waller into using the team to help get a senator re-elected. The problem was that Rick Flag went rogue, not knowing that Waller was coming up with a plan to handle things. Of course, she never SAID to report any of this, because she doesn’t tell anyone…except John, of course…


As Waller waited to go to a government hearing on the team, John lightened the mood by noting that the alien invasion then underway (as part of the Invasion crossover) could lead to them all dying before she cannot be compelled to testify…


In the next issue, we see that John actually takes care of the debriefings, showing that he is really an integral part of the functioning of the team…


After some reshuffling, Sarge Steel was put in charge of all of the government’s superhuman groups, including the Suicide Squad and so in Suicide Squad #34 (by Ostrander, Kim Yale, John K. Snyder, and Geof Isherwood), John filled Steel in on what happened after half the team was kidnapped in Apokolips…


Bronze Tiger was setting up a team to go to Apokolips to pick up their friends and he had to warn John not to tell Steel anymore about his plans…


Unfortunately, one of John’s closest friends, Flo Crawley, died during the Apokolips mission and John took it hard…


Nightshade, a former squad member who quit in disgust at Waller’s various machinations, agreed to hang around to help John…


And when she left, you could see that John was such a good guy that even when the squad members hated Waller, they never held a grudge against John…


Eve Bronze Tiger didn’t blame John for reporting her to Steel, even though Tiger was going to face his punishment.

Two issues later (in Suicide Squad #39 by Ostrander, Yale, McDonnell, and Isherwood), the government shut down the Squad. John was so saddened by Flo’s death that he decided he was probably going to retire from the business. Perhaps the best sign of how awesome John was was that throughout the series he kept Flo’s hopes of eventually being with Bronze Tiger alive, and yet John remained close to Bronze Tiger. ET of Bronze Tiger’s girlfriend on the team, Vixen, to the point where they say they love each other…


He’s a really impressive guy to have that kind of loyalty in those situations. Unfortunately, when the Squad reformed, Waller took it private, and Economos hasn’t really been involved with the comics since. Maybe now that the Peacemaker series is such a hit!

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