'Blue Beetle': The first Latino superhero
The DC movie 'Blue Beetle,' which will premiere in theaters in 2023, has announced a cast made up of mostly Latinx talent.
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Blue Beetle will be the first Latino superhero to have his own movie, announced DC Cinematic Universe in charge of production.
In the comic strip, Jaime Reyes — the third Blue Beetle — meets a beetle that gives him superpowers.
Latinos and more specifically Mexicans play major roles. Among them are Xolo Maridueña (a star in the Netflix series Cobra Kai), Adriana Barraza (famous for Babel, Amores Perros and Rambo: Last Blood), Elpidia Carrillo (from Predator and Songbird), Damián Alcázar (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), and George Lopez (who was in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl). Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo and Harvey Guillén are also part of the cast.
Maridueña and Bruna will star in the movie playing Jaime Reyes and Penny; while Lopez will be Uncle Rudy. Barraza will be Nana, Carrillo will be Rocío, Alcázar will be Alberto, and Belissa Escobedo will be Milagros Reyes.
The cast confirmation means shooting will start soon. However, no further details are known about the premiere date of the DC production. It is expected to premiere in 2023.
It is known that the film will be directed by Puerto Rico's Angel Manuel Soto, who highlighted the Mexican actors in the production in an interview with The Wrap.
“My goal with finding the family was to have a group of authentic people, not only as Latinos, but authentic in their accents and in the experience in general, it was very important to me that the oldest members of the family were from Mexico. And more than just being Mexican, it is about honoring these amazing and beloved actors from Mexico who have paved the way not only in Latin American cinema,” he said.
He also made note of the performances of young talent like Belissa and Xolo.
“They bond with the guys that came before, who have a strong history of being born in Mexico and then coming to the United States. Being able to provide a Mexican family, a brown Mexican family, that encompasses that level of authenticity, I think this cast allowed us to have all of that,” he added.
This is not the first superhero movie with Latino stars confirmed for 2022 and next year. Another is Xochitl Gomez in her role as América Chávez in Doctor Strange: Into the Multiverse of Madness. She is joined by Afro-Latin Oscar nominee Ariana DeBose who will be Calypso in the movie Kraven The Hunter from the Spider-Man universe.