DC is making a Blue Beetle film, and it already has a director. The Wrap reports that Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto is set to direct Blue Beetle, which will focus on Mexican-American teen Jaime Reyes, the third character to adopt the Blue Beetle name.
Writing the film is Mexican-born Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, writer on Universal’s upcoming Scarface remake.
“It is an honor to direct Blue Beetle, the first Latino superhero film for DC,” Soto told TheWrap. “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.”
The film is scheduled to start production in the fall.
Debuting in 2006, Jaime Reyes is noted for being significantly different from previous Blue Beetles. With no prior connection to superheroes or super abilities, Reyes’ origin story sees him discover the titular Blue Beetle scarab, a piece of alien technology which grafts itself onto the base of his spine and gives him a powerful suit of armor, an energy cannon, powered blades, wings, and several other abilities.
Reyes was quickly found by Booster Gold, another DC hero, who introduces him to the Justice League, and the two eventually become frequent partners in crime fighting.
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DC originally announced a Blue Beetle movie was in the works in 2018, with Dunnet-Alcocer still attached to write. A Blue Beetle and Booster Gold live-action film was previously rumored in 2015, but nothing ended up materializing.
Blue Beetle also ended up becoming a popular character in DC’s animated universe, including Batman: The Brave and the Bold and season two of Young Justice.
Blue Beetle is also set to appear in a new DC animated film sometime in 2022.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.