If you have told people a few years ago that a television show based on the DC Comics villain Peacemaker was coming, people might believe you. If you told people fans would be focused on his pet eagle Eagly? Not so much.
With the first season done and season 2 on the way (and more from other characters), people still can’t get enough of Eagly. In an interview, animation supervisor Mark Gee and VFX supervisor Guy Williams talked about what made Eagly so much fun to work with and discussed their favorite scenes.
“From the day one of the development of how the hell we’re going to do this to actually pulling it off and just going, ‘wow, he looks amazing,'” Gee said. “And the response we’re getting from James and then the general public at the end of it. So, there were just so many of those little pockets of the Eagly shots in there that I really loved. The dog out the window Eagly shot was one of my favorites. And I know how much effort everyone went to pull that shot off, from even looking up Google Maps to find the place where they shot it on the street so we could match the lighting poles exactly on the street. To match that lighting on Eagly, just so he was seamless in that car. And so that was definitely, even down to the thug walk that we got, the personality that we built in Eagly, that was what I loved most about this show.”
“My favorite shot was Vigilante’s sitting on the piano bench in the headquarters and he’s like ‘which one is Eagly?’ He’s making a fool of himself,” Williams said. “And we were just supposed to put Eagly in the next shot, but the animators came up with this thing where Eagly didn’t look at Vigilante. He kind of looked away and started stepping to the edge, like he didn’t want to be a part of that conversation. And it was just, of course that’s the joke we have to tell in this shot.”
The two worked incredibly hard and paid attention to even the smallest detail to make Eagly stand out, and it worked. No doubt they’ll try and top what they did in Season 2 and beyond.