What’s this? Some DC movie news that isn’t related to Zack Snyder’s JUSTICE LEAGUE? Hallelujah!
According to The Wrap, Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) will direct DC’s Blue Beetle movie for Warner Bros. The upcoming project, which will be DC’s first film to center on a Latino superhero, is written by Miss Bala and the upcoming Scarface reboot scribe, Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer.
According to DC’s ever-changing continuity, Jamie Reyes is the third character to assume the mantle of the Blue Beetle after Dan Garret and Ted Kord. Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner, Jamie Reyes happened upon the Blue Beetle scarab while walking home from school with two of his best friends Paco and Brenda. After bringing the strange object home for further inspection, the mysterious item sprang to life and attached itself to the base of Reyes’ spine. As a result, Reyes gained control of a temperamental suit of extraterrestrial armor that has the ability to grant its wearer enhanced speed and strength. As an added bonus to the unique suit, the Blue Beetle armor is able to create weapons, shields, and wings out of its otherworldly materials.
In addition to having a variety of DC Comics solo series throughout the years, Blue Beetle has also featured in DC’s animated series Young Justice.: Invasion as well as DC Super Hero Girls. Additionally, a live-action version of the character was played by Jaren Brandt Bartlett in The CW’s Smallville.