Friday, April 16, 2021

‘Blue Beetle’ the First Latino Superhero Movie Set to be Directed by Angel Manuel Soto

Angel Manuel Soto has signed on to direct “Blue Beetle” for Warner Bros’. DC Films division, Variety has confirmed, bringing the studio’s first Latino superhero movie closer to life.

Gareth Dunnet- Alcocer, who wrote “Miss Bala” and an earlier draft of Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake of “Scarface”, is penning the screenplay. Blue Beetle is one of the oldest comic book superheroes, first appearing as a Fox Comics character in 1939 from creator Charles Wojtkowski.

The character bounced to different owners as various comics publishers folded through the 20th century, before ultimately landing at DC in the 1980s. Soto’s movie will focus on the most recent version of Blue Beetle introduced in 2006 as a Mexican- American teenager named Jaime Reyes.

His powers come from a mysterious scarab that binds to Reyes’ spine and provides him with a powerful suit of blue alien armor that can also equip him with bespoke weapons and wings. Soto made his feature directing debut in 2015 with “La Granja”, an indie about life in his home of Puerto Rico.

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