Blue Beetle Director Reveals DC Film’s Fate
Blue Beetle director Angel Manuel Soto and lead actor Xolo Maridueña sat down with NPR to discuss the film’s true fate under Warner Bros. as well as comparisons of the DC hero to Iron Man & Green Lantern.
Soto first admitted that there was “concern, anger, fear” at first upon learning about the news regarding Batgirl‘s cancellation. However, the Puerto Rican director revealed that Warner Bros. executives responded to his concerns by reassuring him that Blue Beetle won’t suffer the same fate as the Leslie Grace-led movie:
“I’m not going to lie. There was concern, anger, fear at first. They told me not to worry, the film has their full support.”
Meanwhile, Maridueña talked about his DC hero, describing him as a “fusion of Green Lantern and Iron Man:”
“He’s kind of like a fusion of Green Lantern and Iron Man. He has a scarab from outer space that is attached to his body called Khaji da.”
In the comics, Jaime Reyes becomes Blue Beetle when he’s implanted with super-powered alien armor. The actor continued to explain Reyes’ heritage, saying:
“He’s a first-generation Mexican-American kid from El Paso, Texas.”
The DCEU newcomer also unveiled that Blue Beetle is one of the oldest characters in the DC Universe, but he also noted that this version is new.
Blue Beetle scribe Gareth Dunnet Alcocer further touched on the journey of Reyes and his family in the movie:
“What would my mom do if an alien technology burrowed into my spine? She would not think it’s cool. And for the Reyes family, this is terrible. ‘We’re going to get attention from American institutions, from the government, from military, from the police.'”
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