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Subj: Re: Wonder Woman 1984: complaining about one of the villains...
Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 at 12:52:50 pm EST (Viewed 233 times)
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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.

I don't disagree with your points, the execution of Maxwell Lord at Wonder Woman's hands stands as a particular low-point of Dan Didio's management of the publishing line and sadly has never been an event that has been really discussed or dealt with - Wonder Woman executed a foe, and the consequences for her were minimal, indeed it didn't even trouble her, unlike Superman executing the Phantom Zone villains. Indeed even Barry Allen paid a heavy personal and professional price for his executing The Reverse-Flash. But for Wonder Woman... nothing. It stood as one of the most troubling moments in modern comics for me.

Although very much a product of the late 1980s Maxwell Lord is a character DC doesn't seem willing to let go of, a sort of modern update of the Funky Flashman/Morgan Edge opportunistic figure Maxwell Lord began life as a shady buisinessman and ran the turbulence of evolving from that to penitent sinner to underhand murderous psychopath. There was never much logic to it, just plot contrivance and another example of the dark meanness of Dan Didio's regime. So despite his uses becoming ever more limited and one-dimensional in their nature the name alone seems to be what creators keep coming back to - "Maxwell Lord" does have a pleasant ring to it after all. And it's the name and general outline of the character that still attracts creators like Patty Jenkins to pick him up and make use of him.

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