“Blue Beetle” First Reactions: A Funny, Poignant, Exciting Film Led by a Stellar Xolo Maridueña

A heartfelt story steeped in Latin culture with charismatic characters and a ripping plot—you couldn’t ask for better first reactions from Blue Beetle, the second-to-last DC Studios film to premiere during the new tenure of James Gunn and Peter Safran, who are taking DC Studios in a brand new direction. (Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which is due in theaters on December 20, is the last DC Studios film from the previous era.) From the tenor of these initial reactions to director Angel Manuel Soto‘s Blue Beetle, it sounds like there might be plenty of people hoping that star Xolo Maridueña’s Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle becomes a part of Gunn and Safran’s new-look DC Universe.

Maridueña stars as Jaime Reyes, a college graduate who inherits some spectacular (and unpredictable) powers when he comes into contact with an alien scarab. Jaime’s newfound abilities present some serious post-college challenges for a young man trying to find his way, one of those being unpuzzling why the alien scarab arrived on Earth in the first place and what he’s supposed to do with these spectacular abilities he now possesses. 

The film comes from aforementioned Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto, from a script by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, and is the first DC film to focus on a Latino superhero, centering Jaime’s family, which includes his mom, dad, sister, grandmother, and uncle.

Blue Beetle arrives on August 18. Let’s take a quick, spoiler-free tour of the first reactions:

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Featured image: Caption: XOLO MARIDUEÑA as Blue Beetle in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “BLUE BEETLE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/™ & © DC Comics


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