Patty Jenkins has confirmed that Pedro Pascal will portray Maxwell Lord in the movie.
The choice of this character probably comes from Geoff Johns.
I don't like this idea at all.
In 1987, Maxwell Lord was created by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire as an amoral businessman but not as a supervillain.
The character was integrally part of the fun of the book.
In 2005-2007, Maxwell Lord was turned by Geoff Johns into some kind of sociopathic anti-superhuman fanatic. It was a huge retcon without respect for the character's roots. In the story, his death at the hands of Wonder Woman was conceived as pure shock value. Also, it might have been Geoff Johns' personal opinion on the topic of death penalty.
Last but not least, in my opinion, Infinite Crisis is one of the weakest stories written by Geoff Johns, especially compared to his work on Flash, JSA, Hawkman or Green Lantern.
I don't understand why Pedro Pascal couldn't portray Leon Zeiko, Edgar Cizko, Carlo Montez or Jackson Alpert ... in other words, Dr. Psycho. He has been one of Wonder Woman archenemies since the Golden Age.
Countdown did a hatchet job on Lord, Beetle and Booster. And OMAC, for that matter. Some of Johns' early work was good but I think we're at the point where he's done more bad than good.
As for Lord, they also did an odd version of him on the current Supergirl show, although I don't know if he was around long enough to complete his arc. He was kind of a sinister Tony Stark who was hinted to eventually turn evil. I thought maybe they should have swapped characters, have Max Lord as the head of the DEO who turns out to be the Martian Manhunter, and Hank Henshaw as the evil technophile and hint at one day turning evil.