The arrival of Jaime Reyes (finally) in live-action could present numerous exciting possibilities for the franchise’s future. The popularity of the character rose after the impressive character arc of Reyes in the animated realm of DC from Young Justice, and this could hint that Warner Bros. is creating a big move by integrating the character in the DCEU.
The Wrap shared in a report that Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto will serve as the director of Blue Beetle, with a screenplay that will be written by Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. Dunnet-Alcocer previously wrote Universal’s Scarface and Sony’s Miss Bala.
Alongside the report, Soto shared an official statement, expressing his excitement to “make history” by introducing the character in a live-action setting.
“It is an honor to direct Blue Beetle, the first Latino superhero film for DC. I want to sincerely thank everyone at Warner Bros. and DC for trusting me to bring Jaime Reyes to life. I can’t wait to make history together.”
The film will reportedly start production this Fall, with Zev Foreman serving as the executive producer.
Variety first reported that a Blue Beetle film was in the works from DC and Warner Bros., and it will revolve around Jaime Reyes instead of Ted Kord.
In the pages of DC Comics, there were multiple versions of Blue Beetle, but Reyes’ iteration was the most recognizable due to the character’s ties to the Teen Titans, and later, the Outsiders of Young Justice. It will be interesting to find out if the upcoming film will be solely created as a standalone project, or connections to other facets of the DCEU will be included.