Blue Beetle to Fly Into Theaters
Blue Beetle is coming to movie theaters. The popular Latino hero from DC Comics just had his first feature film greenlit by Warner Brothers. The screenplay is being written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who is also the scribe for the Scarface remake. Angel Manuel Soto has been tapped to be director for Blue Beetle’s cinematic debut. Soto came to prominence through his shorts and feature films that show the influence of his Puerto Rican roots. Soto’s strong ties to Latino and Hispanic culture make him a perfect choice to direct this feature.
Soto writes in a statement to The Wrap “It is an honor to direct Blue Beetle, the first Latino superhero film for DC. I want to sincerely thank everyone at Warner Bros. and DC for trusting me to bring Jaime Reyes to life. I can’t wait to make history together.” Warner Bros. has fast-tracked the film into production and begins filming in the fall.
From Charlton to DC (With Some Watchmen in Between)
Blue Beetle, as a legacy, is perhaps one of the oldest in comics. Starting at Fox Comics, the character was Dan Garrett, a costumed adventurer who took a blue scarab pendant as his symbol. After bouncing around for several years, the character ended up at Charlton Comics, where he became Ted Kord, a genius crimefighter with an airship. This revision was by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, who often paired him off with The Question. However, Charlton was soon in financial peril, and sold their characters to DC Comics.
Before DC could use them in their proper universe, Alan Moore wanted them for his Watchmen project. DC refused, so Moore ended up creating analogues. Blue Beetle’s was Nite-Owl II, who was opposite the far-right Rorschach, who was a parody of the Question and Ditko’s own stubborn beliefs. Ted Kord remained the Blue Beetle until his untimely demise leading to Infinite Crisis. The character has since come back to life in light of the Rebirth event.
The current Blue Beetle is Jaime Reyes, a Mexican-American teen who found the Blue Beetle scarab one day. However, it turns out this scarab, long dormant, is an alien intelligence. It attaches itself to Jaime’s spine, and gives him a powerful set of armor and weapons.
Warner Bros. has not announced any casting as of yet for the film. On social media, many fans are clamoring for Cobra Kai‘s Xolo Maridueña as their first choice as Jaime.
Word of the Nerd will continue to keep an eye on this developing story.