Warner Bros. revealed earlier this year that the new DC Universe would be introducing lots of new characters onto our screens. Before this overhaul took place – and one of the few movies to survive it – DC’s Blue Beetle had been teased back in 2021. Now the first cinematic trailer has arrived for the movie as well as a release date.
Starring Xolo Maridueña as Jaime Reyes, he’s a college graduate with big aspirations who returns home to his family. Finding that it’s not quite the same, a series of events put him in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. Warned not to go near it, of course, he does and the Scarab chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host. It then wraps around him, turning into a powerful suit of armour that can do whatever he thinks of. It’s also wildly unpredictable as it protects its host.
Alongside Maridueña (Cobra Kai) are Adriana Barraza (Rambo: Last Blood, Thor), Damían Alcázar (Narcos, Narcos: Mexico), Elpidia Carrillo (“Mayans M.C.,” the “Predator” films) and Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Monarch, Dead Man Walking).
“One of the things that we really wanted to do with the cast was to be able to be as authentic as we can,” said Blue Beetle director Angel Manuel Soto in a blog post. “We wanted to tap into three generations. We wanted to see the first immigrant family, their sons and then the sons that are born here. So, being able to tap into the three generations authentically.”
The Blue Beetle character is one of DC’s oldest, having first appeared in 1939. There have been several iterations of the character with Jaime Reyes introduced in the comics in 2006.
Talking about the production, Soto went on to say: “We wanted to do something that feels different. That was one of the most magical parts as well. I think it’s not about competition to us. We just want to enter this space and have it feel new, and I think we completed that. I think we did it.”
Blue Beetle will be coming to theatres on 18th August 2023. Check out the new trailer below. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.