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Xolo Maridueña In Talks To Lead DC's 'Blue Beetle'


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The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Cobra Kai's Xolo Maridueña is in negotiations for the lead role in Blue Beetle for HBO Max and Warner Bros.

Angel Manuel Soto will be helming DC’s first film to center on a Latino superhero from a script by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer.

Multiple iterations of Blue Beetle have existed in the comics, with the film focusing on Jaime Reyes, an El Paso teen who uses alien armor granted by a strange artifact to defend his hometown. Reyes first debuted in the comics in 2006 from creators Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner.

Blue Beetle first appeared as a Fox Comics character in 1939 from creator Charles Wojtkowski. The character went through different companies before landing back at DC in the 1980s.

The Blue Beetle project will focus on the most recent version of Blue Beetle introduced in 2006 by a Mexican-American teenager named Jaime Reyes. His powers come from a mysterious scarab that binds to Reyes’ spine and provides him with a powerful suit of blue alien armor that can also equip him with bespoke weapons and wings.

Soto is credited with directing “La Granja” (“The Farm”), “Charm City Kings” and “12 O’Clock Boys.” Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer wrote “Miss Bala” and an earlier draft of Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake of “Scarface."

The Blue Beetle film is looking to start production in early 2022. John Rickard is producing for HBO Max. Zev Foreman is executive producing.



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39 minutes ago, StealthyOctopus said:

Never seen him in anything before but he definitely has the right look. As a kid I was a big fan of Reyes Blue Beetle in Rave And The Bold and later really enjoyed his solo series, so I'm looking forward to this but I think they should've given Ted Kord his due first. 

He's in the recent Karate kid sequel show Kobra Kai. Great actor, funny and charismatic. He's a perfect choice for Reyes

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2 hours ago, SpiderS said:

I wonder if they will use Ted Kord as a mentor figure or at least mention him as inactive (or dead?) established superhero in the past of DCEU.

Hopefully they take some inspiration from the numerous times Jaime Reyes was introduced as a successor to Ted Kord and not like New 52 where it had nothing to do with him. They can either say Ted died in some big event or have him be a mentor like Rebirth, they can also wrap the Scarab into Ted's history like other versions. Alternately Booster Gold can be a mentor to Jaimie if Ted is dead.

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