Warner Bros. and DC Films are developing a Blue Beetle movie starring Latino hero Jaime Reyes. The DCEU is looking to grow in all areas and reach several different demographics in the process. Adult and young comic fans alike are set to be pleased with films like Joker and Shazam!, but now another teen hero is getting a solo movie.
The youth movement for the DCEU has been slowly coming together with Billy Batson (Asher Angel) leading Shazam! and Ella Jay Basco landing the role of Cassandra Cain in Birds of Prey. Even Ezra Miller’s solo The Flash movie is still coming together, which is envisioned as having a fun Back to the Future vibe to it. There’s hope that characters like Nightwing and Batgirl will also get their solo movies going in the near future, but now another young hero is getting his own movie.
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The Wrap reports Warner Bros. and DC Films have hired Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer to write the script for a Blue Beetle movie. Alcocer’s recent credits include Universal’s Scarface remake and Sony’s Miss Bala. There’s been a few different people to have this title in DC comics, but the movie will focus on the Jaime Reyes version of the character. If Blue Beetle comes together fast enough, it could make the movie the first Latino-led live-action superhero film.
DC comics first introduced Jaime Reyes in 2006 when he was created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner for Infinite Crisis. He is the third person to become the Blue Beetle after Dan Garret and Ted Kord. Reyes becomes a superhero after discovering a piece of alien technology known as a scarab, which bonds with Reyes and grants him the ability to wear the blue armored suit at a moment’s notice. Reyes has been the star of his own comic series in the past and received more attention through Young Justice, but this solo movie will be his first live-action appearance on the big screen after a brief role in Smallville.
Even though the movie’s development is just now being revealed, only time will tell if Blue Beetle actually gets made or not. WB and DC now have over 30 different known DC projects in development, whether recently or in the past. Some of these will likely never see the light of day despite progress appearing to be made at different points in time. This Blue Beetle movie does have a young diverse lead character and great mythology that lends itself nicely to the DCEU on paper, but it will be up to WB and DC to make sure Blue Beetle doesn’t get lost in development.
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Source: The Wrap