Pedro Pascal Is Playing This Comic Book Character In ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information about ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ that could be considered SPOILERS so proceed with caution.

It appears to have been confirmed that Pedro Pascal is playing Maxwell Lord in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’.  An earlier version of the screenplay depicted this character as a Greek god in disguise, similar to Ares in the first ‘Wonder Woman’, but that was changed.  Now it seems that Lord is trying to become a god “by any means necessary.”  He will also play an important role in resurrecting Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).  This version of Maxwell Lord will not have telepathic powers.  He is also described as being “hammy,” “eccentric” and “determined.”

Lord’s inclusion is fitting, in that he was introduced in 1987 and was loosely modeled on Donald Trump and other successful business tycoons of that era.  Created by writers Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis, and artist Kevin Maguire, he secretly pulled the strings in order to reunite the Justice League, which had disbanded following the events of ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ and ‘Legends’.  He remained a major character in that series, during the fan favorite ‘International’ era when the book was more of a comedy than an actual superhero adventure series.  During ‘Invasion!,’ he learned that he had latent mind control abilities which he would later use for evil and that would, in essence, lead to his death.

In the 2005 book ‘Countdown to Infinite Crisis’, it was revealed that Lord had secretly been a criminal all this time and that he spent his time with the Justice League gathering intel on the world’s heroes, whom he considered a treat to ordinary humanity.  It was explained that the comedic ‘International’ era of the League was concocted by Lord in an effort to make the heroes as ineffective as possible.  He killed one of his “best friends,” Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle after he unearthed Lord’s plan.

Then Lord took over Superman’s brain, making him think that Wonder Woman was Doomsday and that she had killed Lois Lane.  With no other recourse, Wonder Woman executed Lord, snapping his neck.  Unfortunately, this was captured by TV cameras and broadcast worldwide turning the population against Wonder Woman.

So while Lord didn’t really have much (if any) contact with Wonder Woman for most of his existence in comics, he ended up playing a major role at this point.

We’ll have to wait and see how the live action version factors into ‘Wonder Woman 1984’.

Gil Bellows portrayed Lord on ‘Smallville’, while Peter Facinelli played him on the first season of ‘Supergirl’.

Patty Jenkins is currently directing ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine returning as Diana and Steve Trevor, respectively and Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva/The Cheetah.

Source: SuperBroMovies

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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