THE OVERALL VIEW
The Latino-centric DCU feature, Blue Beetle, is set to be launched by Warner Bros. Discovery on August 18.
Funko Pop has launched a range of miniature models of the hero, Jaime Reyes, with glow-in-the-dark features.
Blue Beetle represents a critical move towards inclusivity in DC films, as it marks the first appearance of a Latino superhero in the DCU on the silver screen.
Before the commencement of James Gunn’s DC Universe timeline, Warner Bros. Discovery will debut its Latino-led DCU feature. Blue Beetle, featuring Xolo Maridueña from Cobra Kai, will focus on the main hero who receives an exceptional power that utterly transforms his life. In honor of this new addition to the DC lineup, and in celebration of the inaugural Latino superhero in DC, Funko Pop has released petite versions of Jaime Reyes, as he grapples with mastering his newfound powers.
The recently launched collectibles follow WBD’s plush toy dressed in the hero’s powerful new outfit, adding a soft and cuddly dimension to the iconic DC character. Both Pop figures, available in two distinct variants, encompass glow-in-the-dark elements. The first depicts Blue Beetle showcasing his “crouching” skill, while the second presents a miniature version of the hero executing his “flying” capabilities. Priced at $15 each, these unique DC Funko Pop collections can be bought via the toy company’s official website.
Besides the Pop collectibles and plush toys, Funko Pop has also previously introduced its Blue Beetle-themed Soda vinyl figures, featuring both the film’s protagonist and antagonist, Conrad Carapax. In response to this year’s lackluster box office performance of The Flash starring Ezra Miller, Warner Bros. has been amplifying its marketing efforts for the forthcoming sci-fi adventure.
What is Blue Beetle About?
The upcoming superhero flick will focus on Jaime Reyes and his newly acquired skills and powers. An ancient relic, known as the Scarab, chose him as its symbiotic host, dramatically transforming his once ordinary life by granting him extraordinary abilities. With a new suit and potent armor capable of manifesting immense powers, the new Blue Beetle is left to explore his superhero identity while mastering his unpredictable powers.
Can Blue Beetle Alter DCU’s Box Office Destiny?
DCU’s box office fortunes seem to be dwindling in light of The Flash’s disappointing performance, but the studio may have found its saving grace with Blue Beetle. The film underscores significant representation, a much-needed step towards inclusivity. While diversity is not new to DC comics, this year will witness the debut of a Latino superhero on the big screen.
Apart from Maridueña, the cast of the upcoming superhero film includes Susan Sarandon as Victoria Kord, Harvey Guillén as Dr. Sanchez, Raoul Max Trujillo as Conrad Carapax, Bruna Marquezine as Jenny Kord, George Lopez as Uncle Rudy Reyes, Adriana Barraza as Nana, Gabriella Ortiz as Letty, Damián Alcázar as Alberto Reyes, and actress/musician Becky G as the voice for Khaji-Da.
You can view the latest Blue Beetle-inspired Pop figures at the top and watch the movie’s trailer at the bottom.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Blue Beetle
When is the Blue Beetle movie set to release?
The Blue Beetle movie is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Discovery on August 18.
Who is starring in the Blue Beetle movie?
The Blue Beetle movie stars Xolo Maridueña in the lead role, with Susan Sarandon as Victoria Kord, Harvey Guillén as Dr. Sanchez, Raoul Max Trujillo as Conrad Carapax, Bruna Marquezine as Jenny Kord, George Lopez as Uncle Rudy Reyes, Adriana Barraza as Nana, Gabriella Ortiz as Letty, Damián Alcázar as Alberto Reyes, and actress/musician Becky G as the voice for Khaji-Da.
What is unique about the Funko Pop figures for the Blue Beetle?
Funko Pop has released miniature versions of Jaime Reyes, the hero of the movie, featuring glow-in-the-dark elements. They come in two versions, one showcasing Blue Beetle’s “crouching” skill and the other exhibiting his “flying” capabilities.
What is the central plot of the Blue Beetle movie?
The movie will center on Jaime Reyes who, upon becoming the symbiotic host of an ancient relic known as the Scarab, gains extraordinary abilities. He then navigates what it means to be a superhero while figuring out his unpredictable new powers.
How is the Blue Beetle movie significant for representation in DC films?
Blue Beetle represents a significant move towards inclusivity in DC films as it marks the first appearance of a Latino superhero in the DC Universe on the big screen.