Angel Manuel Soto to direct Blue Beetle, DC’s first Latinx superhero movie

DC’s Blue Beetle is taking his first steps to becoming the face of the publisher’s first Latinx movie, and possibly the first Latinx superhero to hit the big screen in their own live-action flick.

According to The Wrap, Puerto Rican director Angel Manuel Soto (director of HBO Max’s Charme City Kings) will bring the Blue scarab movie live. The film is set to begin production this fall with a screenplay by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. He will follow Jaime Reyes, the third character to bear the Blue Beetle name.

Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner in the 2006 miniseries Infinite crisis, Jaime Reyes is a Mexican-American teenager with a fairly knotty superhero origin story: he finds an alien artifact called the Scarab that attaches to his spine while he sleeps, giving him spooky body armor and cool and an assortment of superpowers he’s pretty bad to use.

Since then, Reyes has remained a constant presence in DC comics despite having a somewhat dormant period; his most recent solo series ended in 2018, and he’s not yet featured prominently in the current series. The Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle has also been a constant presence on television, appearing in several animated series like Batman the Brave and the Bold and Young Justice: Invasion. You can also catch it in the video game Injustice 2, and in one wacky appearance live sure Smallville.

Should Blue scarab Continue as planned, this would make for the first standalone superhero film about a Latinx character that was also written and directed by Latinx filmmakers, another big step in superhero cinema’s slow march towards diversifying its landscape. (Interestingly, the film would also do for the first time) a Reyes solo story was written by a Latinx writer.)

No star is currently attached, nor any words indicating whether Blue scarab is intended for a theatrical release or HBO Max.

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