We don’t see much of the Butterflies in the “Peacemaker” teaser, nor does much information about them come about, but what we do learn is intriguing. They’re described as “a serious threat to the safety of American citizens” and display various metahuman qualities like increased speed, durability, and strength. As far as their DC Comics roots go, they don’t have any. It seems as though they’re an entirely original creation from the mind of James Gunn, but then again, their “Butterflies” name could merely be a cover, and it could turn out that they’re actually connected to a preexisting DC faction.
The most likely scenario is that the Butterflies will serve as Peacemaker’s adversaries for the bulk of the series, but it seems as though he’ll do battle with at least one other formidable foe. The latest trailer for “Peacemaker” also included a glimpse of Nhut Le’s Judomaster squaring off with a helmetless Christopher Smith. Created by Joe Gill and Frank McLaughlin, Judomaster appeared first in 1965 via Charlton Comics before joining the DC Comics roster. He’s not traditionally an antagonist, but for a series where the main character is technically a villain himself, tradition isn’t really the name of the game here.
The eight-episode-long “Peacemaker” arrives on HBO Max on January 13, 2022, so we’ll all have to wait until then to see what the Butterflies are all about.