Jaime Reyes is now a superhero … whether he likes it or not. On Monday, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC unleashed the first official trailer for Blue Beetle, starring Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña in the title role. It’s not only the DC hero’s big-screen debut but also the entertainment company’s first film centered around a Latino character.
Here’s a synopsis of the movie per Warner Bros.:
“Recent college grad Jaime Reyes returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it. As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab suddenly chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armor capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the Super Hero BLUE BEETLE.”
Besides Maridueña, the film also stars Bruna Marquezine as Jenny Kord, Adriana Barraza as Jaime’s grandmother, Nana; Damián Alcázar as Jaime’s father; Elpidia Carrillo as his mother, Raoul Max Trujillo as Carapax, Belissa Escobedo as Jaime’s sister, Milagro; Harvey Guillén as Dr. Sanchez, Susan Sarandon as Victoria Kord and George Lopez as Jaime’s Uncle Rudy. Angel Manuel Soto is at the helm, directing from a script by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer.
Jaime Reyes is the third incarnation of Blue Beetle. The superhero initially burst onto the comic book scene in 1939 as Dan Garret, a police officer. DC Comics introduced Jaime in 2006 as the creation of Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner. He made his debut in Infinite Crisis #3 (February 2006).
In the trailer, we see Jaime and his family encountering the Scarab, which Jenny Kord gives to Jaime in a hamburger box. She urges him to keep it safe. Of course, curiosity prevails, and Jaime opens said box. The Scarab overtakes him and thus begins his adventures as Blue Beetle. Jaime learns to embrace his destiny and tests the limits of his suit’s capabilities. George Lopez gets a few wisecracks in as Uncle Rudy, even claiming Batman is a “fascist” in the trailer’s closing moments.
If you’re ready for a new adventure, check out the new first-look photo, poster and official trailer below. Brace yourself for action when Blue Beetle hits theaters on Friday, August 18, 2023.
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