UPDATE: On-set images has emerged featuring Xolo Maridueña in full costume as DC’s Blue Beetle!
UPDATE: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Blue Beetle movie is no longer being planned as an HBO Max exclusive. It is now eyeing a theatrical release date of August 18, 2023.
UPDATE: Take your first look at the costume design for Blue Beetle!
Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña is set to star in DC’s Blue Beetle feature film for HBO Max. Directed by Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) with a screenplay by Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, the film will see Maridueña portray Latino superhero Jaime Reyes aka Blue Beetle.
For those unfamiliar with the DC Comics character, Jaime Reyes is the third character in the DC Universe to take on the Blue Beetle mantle. Reyes is “a working class El Paso teenager devoted to his family and with no connections to superheroes prior to receiving his powers. He discovered the Blue Beetle scarab on the way home from school with two of his best friends Paco and Brenda, half-buried in a disused lot. Reyes took the scarab home, curious as to what it might be. That night, the scarab came alive, and grafted itself to the base of Jaime’s spine, and provided him with a suit of extraterrestrial armor which can be modified to enhance his speed and strength, as well as to create weapons, wings and shields.”
Production is set to start rolling early next year.
Maridueña will next be seen in Cobra Kai Season 4 later this year on Netflix.
SOURCE: The Wrap