Twilight franchise actor Peter Facinelli will play Maxwell Lord in CBS's forthcoming Supergirl, Warner Bros. Television just announced at their Comic-Con panel in San Diego.
Lord was first introduced in the Justice League International era of the comics, as a liaison between the League and the United Nations. Later, he would be used as a villain in Infinite Crisis. In that iteration of the character, he headed up Checkmate, a quasi-governmental organization which under Lord was aimed at policing and sometimes terminating superhumans.
On Supergirl, Maxwell is a green tech billionaire who enjoys a friendly rivalry with Cat Grant and a fascination with National City's newest arrival — Supergirl.
Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said, "Greg [Berlanti], Ali [Adler] and I have been fans of Peter for years. We're beyond thrilled to have him join us on Supergirl's first adventures bringing the iconic Maxwell Lord to life."
Whether he will be part of the DEO's chain of command, which includes the alien-averse Hank Henshaw, or part of another organization isn't yet clear.