Xolo Maridueña’s Blue Beetle costume has been revealed thanks to a new batch of photos from the set of the DC Films project.
Blue Beetle is currently knee-deep into production in Atlanta, Georgia, with Xolo Maridueña being the latest actor to bring the iconic superhero to life. This morning, Just Jared. Jr. dropped the first photos of Maridueña in costume, showing the 20-year-old actor in an incredibly-detailed, practical Blue Beetle outfit that looks ripped out of the pages of DC Comics. Have a look below.
Xolo Maridueña was the only major cast member spotted on the Blue Beetle set at the time the photos were taken. The film’s supporting cast includes Susan Sarandon, Harvey Guillén, Raoul Max Trujillo, Elpidia Carrillo, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Bruna Marquezine, Damián Alcázar and Belissa Escobedo.
A 20-year old actor of Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian descent, Xolo Maridueña is best known for his work as Miguel Diaz in the Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai, which made its debut on YouTube Red before moving to Netflix. He previously starred in the NBC series Parenthood. Blue Beetle marks Maridueña’s first foray into the DC Universe.
Who Is DC’s Blue Beetle?
In DC Comics lore, Dan Garrett was an archeologist who discovered the Blue Beetle scarab and used its power to fight crime. Though his successor, Ted Kord, was unable to harness the scarab’s power, the brilliant billionaire took on the Blue Beetle mantle from his mentor using technology and martial arts. Years later, a teenage boy named Jaime Reyes came into the possession of the Blue Beetle scarab and used it to manifest a weaponized exoskeleton. Taking on the Beetle mantle, Jaime used the suit for good alongside his two best friends Brenda and Paco.
Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner, Jaime Reyes made his first appearance in the pages of 2006’s Infinite Crisis #5. A live-action version of Jaime made an appearance in the Superman prequel series Smallville, with Jaren Brandt Bartlett playing the DC Comics hero.
Blue Beetle is being directed by Angel Manuel Soto for an August 2023 release. Stay tuned for the latest news surrounding the film and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!
Source: Just Jared Jr.