The Peacemaker Opening Credits Are a Masterpiece

Peacemaker, the show, is good … maybe great. But its opening credits sequence? A masterpiece. One could be forgiven for impatiently waiting to get to the song and dance number after each episode of Peacemaker begins, the first three of which premiered Thursday, Jan. 13 on HBO Max. The secret to the credits’ success comes down to a very simple pop culture premise: folks just love singin’ and dancin’…particularly in situations that wouldn’t normally call for it.

 A catchy song certainly doesn’t hurt either. “Do You Wanna Taste It” is in keeping with Peacemaker’s ‘80s hair metal aesthetic, though the song doesn’t come from the ‘80s. When speaking with critics about the show during last summer’s Television Critics Association press tour, Gunn revealed that a lot of the show’s songs come from more modern times

“It’s a lot of eighties hair metal but it’s also a lot of modern like sleaze rock and hair metal that comes out of Europe and a lot of really great bands that people don’t know about,” Gunn said. “I love that stuff, but there’s also a lot of really bad hair metal, so it was fun finding the really good stuff to inject the series with its flavor, which we keep throughout the whole first season.”

Wig Wam’s song certainly falls under the “good stuff” category that Gunn was referring to. Wig Wam hails from Halden, Norway and was founded by its four members in 2001. They are considered one of Norway’s most popular live acts (with a group of fans known as Wig Wamaniancs) and even represented the country in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. “Do You Wanna Taste It” is from the group’s 2010 album Non Stop Rock’n Roll. The band released a video for the song as well and its YouTube upload comment section is currently inundated with commenters revealing they discovered it via a Peacemaker teaser, which also featured the tune. 

“Do You Wanna Taste It” is just one half of Peacemaker’s opening credits’ unpretentious brilliance, however. The other half belongs to the group of actors who trusted that the least cool sounding thing ever on paper would somehow translate to pure joy onscreen. As choreographed by Charissa-Lee Barton, the actors’ expressionless dance moves in essentially a laser tag arena perfectly complement the absurdity on display.

“I remember there was a moment where (James Gunn) was like, ‘Danielle, stop moving your face so much,’ because I was doing the most,” actress Danielle Brooks told critics.