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MCU star Sean Gunn has found his role in his brother's DC movie/tv reboot - and it's downright shrewd

The Gunn brothers are reuniting in James' new DC playground

Guardians of the Galaxy set photo
Image credit: Marvel Studios

Writer/director/executive James Gunn has found another star for his and Peter Safran's new cinematic DCU - and they found them in their family tree.

According to Deadline, Sean Gunn has agreed to play the almost-always villainous Maxwell Lord in the upcoming new era of DC movies & TV shows being developed. Sean Gunn has appeared in all but two of his brother's directorial efforts, so it'd be more unusual if he wasn't in the cards for this.

Deadline reports that Maxwell Lord will debut in 2025's Superman: Legacy, but not in a primary role; rather, the character will be "referenced in the background of Legacy but will appear in future DC projects." The Hollywood trade goes on to say that's a plan Gunn and Safran plan for a number of character (and actors) that will have larger roles following Superman: Legacy.

Maxwell Lord
Image credit: Kevin Maguire (DC)

Maxwell Lord was created back in 1987 in comics by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire as an integral part of their Justice League / Justice League Internatioal run. Originalyl introduced as wealthy entrepreneur and ally of the team, it was only later that his villainous tendencies manifested to become a thorn in the side of the Justice League, Wonder Woman, and others.

Maxwell Lord was, of course, previously played wonderfully by Pedro Pascal in Wonder Woman 1984. Gunn and Safran have stated on numerous occasions that most of the current/recent DC actors would not be reprising their roles in future projects, with a few exceptions.

Superman: Legacy is planned for a July 11, 2025 theatrical debut.

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Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant: Chris Arrant is the Popverse's Editor-in-Chief. He has written about pop culture for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel, Newsarama, CBR, and more. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. (He/him)


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