James Gunn’s DC Universe Casts Marvel And DC Veteran Sean Gunn As The New Maxwell Lord

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Written By Sedoso Feb

In “Wonder Woman 1984,” Pascal’s Maxwell Lord was an over-the-top parody of 1980s businessmen, a clear Donald Trump analog with goofy hair and a charisma that somehow allowed him to hold power over the masses. Personally, I’m hoping James Gunn goes back to the drawing board with the character and imagines him as closer to his original comics incarnation, which is tonally different from Pascal’s take. In his earliest appearances, Max Lord is a businessman responsible for helping to form the Justice League behind the scenes, only for it to be revealed that he was actually under the control of a computer program that had dastardly intentions of world domination. Sounds like an opportunity for James Gunn to explore the hot-topic issue of artificial intelligence, should he be interested in going down that path. I’m guessing if this is the approach, audiences wouldn’t see the reveal of the computer controlling Lord until at least one more movie into the new DC Universe, since this first film is introducing audiences to James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new rebooted universe on the big screen (and dealing with a mind-controlling A.I. as a possible subplot in your first movie out of the gate feels like…a lot).

As usual, there are loads of stories Gunn and company could pull from when building the future of this character (including a moment where he murders one hero by shooting him in the head at point-blank range, if James wants to get really dark in the future), so expect Maxwell Lord to stick around as a significant figure in the DCU for many phases to come.

“Superman: Legacy” flies into theaters on July 11, 2025.


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