Xolo Maridueña suits up as the Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle in new concept from the DC FanDome event.
DC Films has offered fans a first look at Blue Beetle, the upcoming HBO Max film starring Cobra Kai breakout Xolo Maridueña. Directed by Angel Manuel Soto, the filmmaker behind the 2020 Sundance Film Festival hit Charm City Kings, Blue Beetle is set to begin filming next year for a release on the WarnerMedia streaming service. Check out the artwork from DC FanDome below.
A 20-year old actor of Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian descent, Xolo Mariduena 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.
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.
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Source: DC FanDome