Wonder Woman 1984 Director Confirms A Second Villain For The Movie

Who is Maxwell Lord?

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Next year, Wonder Woman comes back to theaters for Wonder Woman 1984. And in addition to a new costume, she's getting two new villains. Kristen Wiig joining the cast as Cheetah was revealed months ago, and now, director Patty Jenkins has announced Pedro Pascal will be playing Maxwell Lord.

She announced the role on Twitter with a picture of Lord, tagging the actor, along with the official Wonder Woman page and Gal Gadot, who plays the titular superhero.

Lord made his first appearance back in 1987's Justice League #1, by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire. Lord was a businessman obsessed with making the Justice League a global group, doing anything he can to lead the way. It's quickly revealed that he's helping create terrorist attacks in order to make the League look bad, needing new leadership. And he eventually became the leader of Justice League International.

Things get a bit crazy in the years that follow, as it's revealed Lord has telepathic powers and hates humankind. Lord wants power and control, and when Blue Beetle uncovers his scheme to surveille the world, Lord shoots him in the head. After a back and forth battle with Wonder Woman, she realizes the only way to stop him is to end his life, so she does just that in what made for an incredibly shocking moment in comic book history.

More than likely, we'll see Lord as a megalomaniacal businessman who isn't to be trusted in Wonder Woman 1984. While his role in the film hasn't been revealed, it's unclear as to whether or not he'll have his telepathic powers. The Wonder Woman sequel was originally headed to theaters on November 1, 2019, but in late 2018, the movie was pushed back eight months. The first trailer for the upcoming movie will be revealed at Brazil's Comic-Con Experience on December 8.

Wonder Woman 1984 comes to theaters on June 5, 2020.

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