Xolo Maridueña’s upcoming Blue Beetle film for HBO Max has been given an official release date.
Like many of Warner Bros. superhero properties, the Blue Beetle film has been in development for what seems like an eternity. The project went through several revisions before any definitive decisions were made. Eventually, Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto was brought on to helm the project, and things finally began to move on the film. Cobra Kai actor Xolo Maridueña was then signed on to play the lead. Now, at last, we have a release date for the film.
Earlier today, Warner Bros. revealed that Xolo Maridueña’s new Blue Beetle film would be released on August 18th, 2023. The film is currently set to skip theaters and debut on HBO Max. It is currently unknown how it will fit into the bigger DC Extended Universe.
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 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.
Directed by Angel Manuel Soto, Blue Beetle stars Xolo Maridueña as the titular character. The film is being written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer with John Rickard producing.
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