THE BIGGER FRAME
The director of the upcoming superhero blockbuster, Ángel Manuel Soto, has tapped into Ari Aster’s regular creative circle, specifically Pawel Pogorzelski and Bobby Krlic, to work on Blue Beetle. Despite hailing from different cultures, these artists have found a mutual emotional connection with the film’s themes, which resonate universally.
In crafting the multi-million dollar spectacle, Soto emphasized not only the emotional depth and character relationships but also maintained a strong sense of empathy. He seems to have placed these aspects above the dazzling visual effects often associated with superhero films.
The film ‘Blue Beetle’ introduces Jaime Reyes’ character in what is believed to be just the beginning of a more extensive narrative, hinting at potential continuations within the DC Universe and a Booster Gold TV series in the pipeline.
When pondering over the connections between ‘Blue Beetle’ and other films, you might not instantly think of ‘Hereditary’ or ‘Midsommar.’ Yet, Soto, in a fascinating twist, “borrowed” some of Ari Aster’s talented team to weave this superhero story. In a conversation with FilmSweep’s Editor-in-Chief, Steve Weintraub, the director opened up about how he brought the director of photography, Pawel Pogorzelski, and composer Bobby Krlic, on board.
Soto went on to describe how both Pogorzelski (known for ‘Fresh’) and Krlic (recognized for ‘Beef’) were “eager and insistent on being part of the film.” Their connection to the story transcended cultural boundaries, as the tale of Jaime Reyes (portrayed by Xolo Maridueña) is grounded in Mexican culture, while the collaborators hail from Northern Europe. Soto noted:
“Pawel, being Polish, connected with the Mexican family in the script, feeling as if it was his story, his family. The loss of his father made the connection even deeper. This emotional connection from artists is something I relish. Similarly, Bobby Krlic, the film’s composer, known for ‘Midsommar’ and ‘Beau Is Afraid,’ also felt that connection. Our conversations about the story would often become emotional, illustrating the type of creative relationship I value.”
Blue Beetle Aims High Yet Keeps It Real
In spite of its massive budget, Soto insisted that the emotional connection with the characters should never be overshadowed by the flashy visuals. The main purpose of art, especially cinema, is often to evoke emotions, with empathy playing a crucial role. Thus, although ‘Blue Beetle’ relates specifically to Latin American culture, it includes elements designed to strike a chord with a global audience.
Image courtesy of WB
Soto clearly envisions more for ‘Blue Beetle,’ considering this film to be just the start of Jaime Reyes’ broader story arc. The world’s reception to this new hero and the future of the DC Universe, guided by the hands of James Gunn and Peter Safran, remains to be seen, with the box office numbers eagerly anticipated. One thing’s for sure, elements from the ‘Blue Beetle’ universe will carry on, particularly with the ongoing development of a Booster Gold TV series.
‘Blue Beetle’ is now available in theaters. For a full conversation with Ángel Manuel Soto and further updates on the DCU, keep an eye on FilmSweep.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about fokus keyword Blue Beetle
Who is the director of ‘Blue Beetle’?
Ángel Manuel Soto is the director of ‘Blue Beetle.’
How did Soto manage to get Ari Aster’s collaborators for ‘Blue Beetle’?
Soto “borrowed” Ari Aster’s director of photography Pawel Pogorzelski and composer Bobby Krlic, as they connected to the story and were eager to be part of the film.
What is the main emphasis in ‘Blue Beetle’ according to Soto?
Soto prioritized emotional stakes and character connection over flashy visuals, emphasizing the importance of empathy in the storytelling.
Who are the main collaborators from Ari Aster’s team working on ‘Blue Beetle’?
Pawel Pogorzelski (director of photography) and Bobby Krlic (composer) are the main collaborators from Ari Aster’s team working on ‘Blue Beetle.’
Is ‘Blue Beetle’ part of a larger storyline within the DC Universe?
Yes, ‘Blue Beetle’ marks the first act of a more extensive narrative for Jaime Reyes, indicating a potential future within the DC Universe, and a Booster Gold TV series is also in development.
Where can I watch ‘Blue Beetle’?
‘Blue Beetle’ is playing in theaters now.
What are the cultural connections in ‘Blue Beetle’?
The story of ‘Blue Beetle’ is specific to Mexican culture, but Soto has aimed to make it resonate universally by tapping into emotional connections that transcend cultural boundaries.