After about a year of fan speculation, Pedro Pascal is finally confirmed as Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman 1984. It all began in the summer of 2018, when director Patty Jenkins tweeted out an image of Pascal, in costume and nearly unrecognizable from his short but sweet performance as Game of Thrones’ Oberyn Martell (rest in peace). Jenkins’ caption “Can’t…Stop…Watching…”, along with the snarky suit and slick blonde hair, immediately tipped off DC fans to his then secret casting.
We can now confirm, thanks to another tweet from Jenkins, that Pascal is indeed playing the telepathic supervillain, Maxwell Lord. He first appeared in the pages of Justice League #1 in May 1987. Then, he was actually a key element in the team’s creation – though he was under control of a super computer whose world domination plan required a global peacekeeping team. Although he was powerless back then, it was eventually retconned that he himself also had mind control/persuasion abilities. Lord’s used those diligently to control the League in various ways across comics, The CW’s Supergirl and Justice League Unlimited.
Anyway, even though he wasn’t originally created as a Wonder Woman villain, the two certainly have history together across several stories. Heading into the 2000’s, an inciting incident between the two in One Year Later would echo heavily in two beloved DC runs; Blackest Night and Brightest Day.
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) October 24, 2019
Here’s the tweet in question (along with a tag on the image leading to Pascal’s own Twitter account) that confirms Pascal will be diving into the mind of Maxwell Lord for Wonder Woman 1984 alongside Gal Gadot. Details are still relatively sparse for the time being, but, given that Jenkins has already said the movie will deal with media, it’s probably safe to assume we’ll see Maxwell really flexing those mind control muscles. Oh and, in case you’ve forgotten, this is also the film in which Kristen Wiig is set to debut as The Cheetah.
Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters on June 5 next year.