Look up in the sky it’s a… Blue Beetle!

Blue Beetle
(Courtesy Warner Bros.)

Warner Bros. has finally given us a look at DC’s newest movie hero Blue Beetle. The film, the first live appearance of the popular hero, does not seem to disappoint. At least from what we see in the trailer.

Directed by Angel Manuel Soto, Blue Beetle is the story of recent college grad Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña) who returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it.

As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab suddenly chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armor capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the Super Hero Blue Beetle.

Watch the family-friendly trailer below:


The trailer, which lets us know this is an origin story has Shazam! and Spider-man: Homecoming vibes. Hopefully, villain Susan Sarandon won’t just be another generic greedy human who wants the Scarab. But we remain cautiously optimistic. Just wish the advertising department would stop using hip-hop in their superhero trailers. It takes away rather than plussing.

There’s also a poster:

Starring alongside Maridueña (Cobra Kai) are Adriana Barraza (Rambo: Last Blood, Thor) as Jaime’s grandmother, Nana, Damían Alcázar (Narcos, Narcos: Mexico) as his father, Elpidia Carrillo (Mayans M.C., the Predator films) as his mother, Bruna Marquezine (Maldivas, God Save the King) as Jenny Kord, Raoul Max Trujillo (the Sicario films, Mayans M.C.) as Carapax, with Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Monarch, Dead Man Walking) as Victoria Kord, and George Lopez (the Rio and Smurf franchises) as Jaime’s Uncle Rudy. The film also stars Belissa Escobedo (American Horror Stories, Hocus Pocus 2) as Jaime’s sister, Milagro, and Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows) as Dr. Sanchez.

Soto (Charm City Kings, The Farm) directs from a screenplay by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala), based on characters from DC. John Rickard and Zev Foreman are producing, with Walter Hamada, Galen Vaisman and Garrett Grant serving as executive producers.

The director’s creative team behind the scenes includes director of photography Pawel Pogorzelski (Midsommar, Hereditary), production designer John Billington (Bad Boys for Life), editor Craig Alpert (Deadpool 2, The Lost City), Oscar-nominated costume designer Mayes C. Rubeo (Jojo Rabbit, the Thor films), visual effects supervisor Kelvin McIlwain (The Suicide Squad, Aquaman) and composer Bobby Krlic (Midsommar, the Snowpiercer series).

A Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation, a Safran Company Production, Blue Beetle soars into theaters only internationally beginning August 2023 and in North America August 18, 2023. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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The Geek is a working screenwriter, director and screenwriting instructor.