SDCC: Peter Facinelli Joins ‘Supergirl’ as Maxwell Lord

By July 13, 2015

A new, familiar DC Comics character is making his way to the upcoming CBS TV series starring DC Comics’ Girl of Steel.

Announced at the panel for “Supergirl” at Comic-Con this past weekend, actor Peter Facinelli (“Nurse Jackie”) has been cast as Maxwell Lord on the series. Lord, who is best known to comics fans first as a supporting character on the beloved Keith Giffen series Justice League International, was transformed into one of the DC Universe’s most cunning and formidable villains in the mid-2000′s during the chaos surrounding the Infinite Crisis event. Using his position of management over the JLI, Lord spent years gathering devastating personal and physical information on the DCU’s heroes.

When Blue Beetle Ted Kord discovers this, Lord murders him in cold blood. Eventually, the heroes of the DCU realize Lord’s malevolence, but it’s too late: Lord has found a way to control the mind of Superman. In order to stop him, Wonder Woman snapped his neck, killing him instantly, which turned the world against many of the DCU’s heroes. Lord later returned as a revenant Black Lantern during the Blackest Night crossover event, where the aftermath saw him restored to life. After the “New 52″ relaunch in 2011, though, Lord has yet to appear in the current DC Comics Universe.

The show will be taking a bit of a different approach with him. According to CBR, the show’s official description positions Lord as,

…a green tech billionaire who enjoys a friendly rivalry with Cat Grant and a fascination with National City’s newest arrival — Supergirl.

Facinelli is likely most known to fans for his appearances on Nurse Jackie and in the Twilight films, along with appearances on TV shows like “Glee” and “Six Feet Under.” He will be the second live-action actor to play Maxwell Lord, who appeared as a villain in the ninth season of the CW’s “Smallville.” At one point, actor Jay Baruchel was to play Lord in a Justice League film to be directed by George Miller, but that film was ultimately canceled.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.