DC Entertainment has released the full Blue Beetle has made an early appearance in Gotham City. Shared by Hollywood Handle on X (formerly known as Twitter), DC Studios unveiled a novel promotional poster for their upcoming movie. The film, starring Xolo Maridueña, is just over two weeks away from its theatrical debut. Undoubtedly, the anticipation is tangible. This marks yet another grand unveiling from the DC universe.
The showcases Xolo Maridueña's character, fully clad in the Blue Beetle suit, while also donning a graduation gown and cap. At the bottom of the poster, the following slogan is inscribed: "He's the first superhero of his family." Around his neck, a medal bears the words "Gotham Law," an allusion to Batman's famed hometown within the DC Universe, hinting at his upcoming graduation from the city's university.
In fact, he wore a school jacket at the movie's outset. The first trailer of Blue Beetle also directly nodded to the Dark Knight when Uncle Rudy labeled Batman as a fascist upon seeing his nephew's attire. Furthermore, the promotional material showcased a building with the sign "Ace Chemicals" on its side, referencing the comic book location where the Joker fell into a vat of chemicals, transforming into the notorious villain we know today as the Clown Prince of Crime.
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"Resonating with the core values of Latin family unity during times of adversity lies at the heart of 'Blue Beetle' (Escarabajo azul), the inaugural opus of a DC Comics superhero helmed by the Puerto Rican visionary, Ángel Manuel Soto, as he revealed to EFE in the vicinity of its imminent debut.
The much-anticipated premiere of 'Blue Beetle' graces Puerto Rican screens on the 17th of August and, a day later, makes its grand entry into the United States; marking the triumphant return of Soto's directorial prowess to the silver screen, following his mesmerizing achievement in 'Charm City Kings' (Los Reyes de Baltimore) (2020).
Within the film's narrative, we traverse the odyssey of Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña), who, fresh from the hallowed halls of academia, confronts an economic tempest upon the abrupt closure of his father's business—a poignant parallel to Soto's own poignant ordeal during the preproduction phase, when fate dealt his progenitor a grievous blow.
These intimate experiences, among others, served as the catalyst that galvanized Soto and the scribe behind 'Blue Beetle,' Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, to conjure the tapestry of the film's script. Together, they artfully unveiled the trials and tribulations of Hispanic families, adorning the narrative with an intricate web of familial bonds.
This resolute emphasis on family sets 'Blue Beetle' apart from its superhero kin, which often cloak themselves in veils of secrecy, ever the lone avengers of justice. "Our kinfolk is deeply enmeshed in every fabric of existence... and it was our fervent desire that this familial cohesion be the driving force behind the film," asserted the 40-year-old Soto.
For both the director and Dunnet-Alcocer, every family member embodies a veritable pillar of strength in the edifice of one's life: "Each one contributes to the very foundation of your being," they echoed.
"And it was our ambition to confer upon this superhero the very essence of such familial dynamics, where every kin, not solely confined within the cocoon of the movie's narrative, assumes a role of emotional and philosophical significance, collectively forging the embodiment of the superhero we so ardently crave," they elaborated with great ardor.
The fulcrum of 'Blue Beetle' revolves around the momentous juncture when Reyes sets forth on a quest for gainful employment, driven by the noble ambition to support his cherished kin. Destiny weaves its intricate tapestry as he stumbles upon Victoria Kord's corporate domain, essayed by the venerable Susan Sarandon.
Subsequently, he crosses paths with Victoria's daughter, Jenny Kord (Bruna Marquezine), whose benevolent hand extends an offer of employment within the company—an invitation Reyes gratefully accepts.
On that fateful day, Victoria Kord surreptitiously pilfers a small box from the confines of her office—a box harboring a mystical beetle-shaped artifact, clandestinely conferring it upon Reyes, adjuring him not to unseal its arcane secrets.
However, fate finds Reyes in the bosom of his beloved family, surrounded by the iridescent warmth of their embrace, prompting him to unbox the enigmatic artifact—a cerulean beetle—which grants him the mantle of the superhero, "Blue Beetle."
The reincarnation of 'Blue Beetle' emerges as a cinematic tour de force, boasting an opulence of resources and earning the coveted title of "blockbuster" in Soto's oeuvre, as he divulged to EFE during a candid conversation.
The enormity of this endeavor had never danced across the stage of his reveries—quite the contrary. Soto had envisioned a path paved with storytelling and cinematic pursuits, but the notion of bringing to life a magnum opus of such epic proportions had remained an elusive chimera in his mind's eye, he admitted, even as he stood at the helm of the Puerto Rican film, "La Granja."
"To this day, the reality eludes me, for I grapple to reconcile the enigma. Could it be a form of 'self-sabotage,' an act of obstructing one's own path, whispering that such a grandiose endeavor shall forever elude my grasp? But lo and behold, destiny beckoned, and I beheld the opportunity to dream grander than ever before—a 'wake-up call' to the boundless realms of possibility," he mused with unyielding resolve.
The film that tells the story of Jaime Reyes, a young graduate who is looking for his purpose in life, hits theaters across the country on August 17.
The film starring Xolo Maridueña, an actor of Latin origin will be available in theaters in the United States from August 18, 2023.
The movie about the DC Comics superhero and number 14 of the DC Extended Universe lasts 100 minutes.
The tape tells the story of Jaime Reyes, a young man who has just finished his university studies, so now he is looking for a way to find a purpose in his life. This is how one day Reyes finds an ancient relic of alien biotechnology, the Beetle that chooses the young man to be his symbiotic host and thus his life changes.
Xolo Mariduena (Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle)
Bruna Marquezine (Jenny Kord)
Belissa Escobedo (Milagros Reyes)
George Lopez (Rudy)
Adriana Barraza (Nana)
Damian Alcazar (Alberto Reyes)
Elpidia Carrillo as Rocio Reyes
Raoul Trujillo (Carapax the Indestructible Man)
Susan Sarandon (Victoria Kord)
Xolo Maridueña (Ramario Xolo Ramirez) is an American actor with a Cuban-Ecuadorian father and a Mexican mother. The interpreter started in the world of acting more than 10 years ago, but gained popularity in the world of acting thanks to his role as Miguel Díaz in "Cobra Kai", a young Ecuadorian.
The production is a sequel to the “Karate Kid” saga and is located 30 years after the 1984 championship. So far, the series has five seasons of ten episodes each and all of them are available on Netflix.
It should be noted that the series will have a sixth season that will also be the last according to the announcement of the streaming platform that broadcasts it.
Soto's tryst with 'Blue Beetle' materialized after his momentous presentation of 'Charm City Kings' at the esteemed Sundance Festival in 2020. A confluence of fate unfolded as one of the DC Studios' executives beheld the cinematic marvel and reached out to Soto, offering him the reins of this new project—a superhero odyssey that, upon learning it centered around 'Blue Beetle,' ignited an unassailable conviction in his heart.