The DC live-action universe has had a fascinating life thus far, as Warners Bros. continues making bold choices and announcements about the still growing shared universe. There are currently a handful of projects coming down the pipeline, with Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 1984 arriving in theaters over the next few years. And now it looks like there's another one being worked on: A Blue Beetle movie.
This news comes to us from The Wrap, with the publication reportedly having inside information about DC's future plans. The report indicates that the developing movie will focus on latino superhero Jaime Reyes, who has recently been seen in both animated and video game formats. DC has reportedly nailed down Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer to craft the project, which is the latest in the bevy of DC projects being worked on.
Unfortunately, that's about all the information that is currently available about DC's Blue Beetle movie. The superhero flick hasn't been confirmed by the studio, although there have been a few projects tossed around over the years starring the hero. One of which was a buddy comedy alongside Booster Gold, although there didn't see to be any concrete steps forward from DC.
But Warner Bros. does seem to be making some moves over the past year or so, and there are a handful of projects either being filmed or edited at the moment. As such, the DC Universe may be getting larger, or at least their plans made more concrete and transparent. Marvel is keeping moviegoers in the dark at the moment, so DC might be trying to do the opposite. Only time will tell.
In the comics, Jaime Reyes is the third DC character to take on the mantle of Blue Beetle. But his approach to the character and his powers are much different, allowing Jaime's version to stand out among his predecessors. He gets his fantastic powers from an Egyptian scarab, which sometimes has a mind of its own, and can take over in moments of need.
This would presumably be DC's answer to Venom, with a protagonist conversing with his powerful alter-ego throughout an origin story. Warner Bros. has been taking risks with the DC Universe as of late, stepping into R-rated territory with Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). With Zack Snyder's vision no longer dictating the state of the shared universe, bold filmmakers like James Wan have been welcomed into the fold, and given creative freedom to craft something unique.
It should be interesting to see how quickly the Blue Beetle movie moves forward, if Warner Bros. confirms the report of its inception. Because while movies like Nightwing are moving at a glacial pace, Todd Phillips' Joker and Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey have taken quick steps to the theaters.
The next installment in the DC Universe is Aquaman on December 21st, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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