Every DC fan knows now how the once-promising DCEU is nearing its end. After several attempts to find the right path for the franchise, WB decided to give up on DCEU and hire James Gunn and Peter Safran to build a new universe from the ground up. The new cinematic universe, officially called DCU, will kick off in July 2025 with the release of Superman: Legacy, written and directed by Gunn.
But before that, there are three movies left to be released in soon-to-be-finished DCEU. The next movie is the Flash, the last one is Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and between them, there’s Blue Beetle, which received its first official trailer today. You can watch the trailer down below:
Blue Beetle follows the story of Jaime Reyes, a teenager who will become a superhero after he encounters an alien scarab that will grab him and form a powerful exoskeleton around his body. In a long history of the character, Reyes is the third character to assume the mantle of the Blue Beetle. The character of the Blue Beetle was originally created by Mystery Men Comics in 1939, but Jaime Reyes was first introduced by DC Comics in 2006.
The Blue Beetle movie was initially announced with the Batgirl movie as the first HBOMax exclusives. However, Batgirl was ultimately scrapped last year, and the studio decided that Blue Beetle would have a regular theatrical release instead of a streaming release. The movie was officially announced at DC FanDome 2021, with Angel Manuel Soto directing the movie from the script written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, and Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña was cast to play the title role.
Maridueña is the first Latino actor to lead a superhero movie in history. The movie also stars Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damián Alcázar, Raoul Trujillo, and Susan Sarandon, who will play the movie’s original villain Victoria Kord. Blue Beetle is the 14th movie set in the DC Extended Universe, and it’s unknown if Gunn and Safran have any plans to include Blue Beetle in their DCU once it starts. Considering that it’s part of a dying franchise, the Blue Beetle movie can find itself in a very thankless position, just like Shazam: Fury of the Gods has.
Written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, directed by Angel Manuel Soto, and produced by Peter Safran and John Rickard, the Blue Beetle movie is set to be released in theaters on August 18, 2023.