And during 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 history and how he got 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 HBO Max exclusive Charm City Kings, and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala), blue beetle follows the exploits of Jaime Reyes, a Mexican-American teen who gains strange armor and superpowers when an alien scarab-like machine fuses with his spine. Despite the body horror in that premise, Reyes is the kind of hero that lends itself well to a coming of age story and comedy, as Jaime has no idea what the scarab can do.
Soto as attending the FanDome panel to describe a little bit what makes the character special and how the film captures that.
“One thing Gareth has done very well is to capture the Latino family at its core,” Soto said of the film’s writer. “This film opens a sort of door for a new generation of what Blue Beetle can become through Jaime”
Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner for DC Comics, Jaime is actually the third Blue Beetle, after obscure Golden Age crime fighter Dan Garret and much more popular scientist and inventor Ted Kord. Whether the film will nod to those classic characters or show them off in a more involved way remains to be seen, but honestly? Jaime’s story is already great whether they show up or not.
blue beetle has no release date yet.