Throughout a latest look on Michael Rosenbaum’s Within You podcast, DC Studios co-head James Gunn confirmed that Blue Beetle, portrayed by the Cobra Kai breakout Xolo Mariduena, will formally be the primary DC Universe character to grace the silver display. Gunn, recognized for his work on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies, expressed his enthusiasm for bringing the beloved superhero to life in a standalone film.

Curiously, the primary movie produced by DC Studios gained’t highlight Blue Beetle. Superman: Legacy, which is being produced by James Gunn and his DC Studios associate Peter Safran, will set the stage for the cinematic adventures of the DC Universe. Whether or not Blue Beetle and Superman will cross paths on this evolving narrative of the DCU is a element but to be revealed.

“The first DCU character for sure is Blue Beetle, and the first DCU movie is Superman [Legacy.]”

Illustration in superhero media has been a scorching matter in recent times, with audiences calling for extra range in casting and storytelling. Blue Beetle marks a step ahead on this regard and followers have already taken to social media to specific their pleasure for the film.

A 20-year previous actor of Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian descent, Xolo Maridueña is greatest recognized for his work as Miguel Diaz within the Karate Child sequel collection Cobra Kai, which made its debut on YouTube Purple earlier than transferring to Netflix. He beforehand starred within the NBC collection Parenthood. Blue Beetle marks Maridueña’s first foray into the DC Universe.

Who’s DC’s Blue Beetle?

Blue Beetle is one in all DC’s lesser-known heroes, however he has a devoted fanbase nonetheless. Created in 1939 by Charles Wojtkowski, Blue Beetle has gone via a number of iterations through the years. The Jamie Reyes model of the character was launched in the course of the occasions of 2006’s Infinite Disaster and shortly grew to become a fan-favorite.

Within the pages of DC Comics, Jamie Reyes is a youngster from El Paso, Texas. Jamie discovers a scarab beetle-shaped system that bonds together with his physique, giving him entry to a complicated swimsuit of armor and varied powers. He turns into the newest in an extended line of Blue Beetles and should be taught to steadiness his newfound talents together with his on a regular basis life.

Angel Manuel Soto is directing Blue Beetle from a screenplay by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. The complete forged of the film additionally contains Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damián Alcázar, Raoul Trujillo, Susan Sarandon and Harvey Guillén.

Blue Beetle is presently scheduled to hit theaters on August 18, 2023. Keep tuned for the newest information surrounding the movie.