Blue Beetle is the latest DC superhero to take the plunge into big screens, and the first live-action superhero film about a Latinx character from Latinx filmmakers.
And at Saturday’s 2021 DC FanDome event, the first real details about the film were revealed.
The preview of the series gave fans a brief background on the character’s story and how he gained his powers. The introduction included Xolo Maridueña, who plays Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle in the film, who debuted the first concept art of the character’s costume.
Directed by Angel Manuel Soto, whose last film was the exclusive HBO Max Charm City Kings, and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala), Blue Beetle will follow the exploits of Jaime Reye, a Mexican-American teenager who gains strange armor and superpowers as an alien scarab-like machine merges with his spine. Despite the body horror in that premise, Reyes is the kind of hero well suited to a coming of age story and a comedy, as Jaime has no idea what the scarab can do.
Soto as at the FanDome panel to describe a bit about what makes the character special and how the movie captures it.
“One thing that Gareth did really well is to capture the Latino family at its core,” Soto said of the film’s author. “This film somehow opens this door to a new generation of what the Blue Beetle can become in the hands of Jaime”
Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner for DC Comics, Jaime is actually the third Blue Beetle, after the obscure Golden Age crime fighter Dan Garret and the much more popular scientist and inventor Ted Kord. Whether the film will nod to the classic characters or show them in a more involved way is still unknown, but quite frankly? Jaime’s story is already cool, whether they show up or not.
Blue Beetle does not yet have a release date.