Warner Brothers is developing a movie starring Jaime Reyes, the Blue Beetle. ‘Miss Bala”s Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer is writing the screenplay, which will mark Warner Brothers’ first Latino headlining superhero. Zev Foreman (‘Colossal’) will serve as executive producer.
Jaime Reyes is the third superhero known as the Blue Beetle. A powerful scarab grafted itself onto his spine, allowing him the ability to cover himself with organic armor, which modifies his strength and speed, and can be used to create weaponry and wings. The scarab is sentient and Jaime often finds himself arguing with it. He was created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner.
Greg Berlanti was reportedly previously working on a script for a ‘Blue Beetle’/’Booster Gold’ movie that would have featured Jaime’s predecessor Ted Kord, but it doesn’t appear that plans are still in place for that picture.
Jaren Brandt Bartlett portrayed him on ‘Smallville’. He was a major recurring character on ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’, voiced by Will Friedle. He also joined the team in ‘Young Justice: Invasion’, the series’ second season, with Eric Lopez voicing him. Jake T. Austin voices a very similar version of Jaime in the animated movies ‘Justice League Vs. Teen Titans’ and ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’. The latter even introduced a female coworker named Traci, who had the number 13 on her shirt. In the comics, Jaime dated Traci 13, a sorceress who also accompanied him on adventures with the ‘Teen Titans’.
While ‘Blue Beetle’ will be the first Hispanic lead character for a DC movie, he does follow Jay Hernandez who played Diablo in ‘Suicide Squad’. Rosie Perez is also set to star as Renee Montoya in ‘Birds of Prey’.
No director was mentioned, but Dunnet-Alcocer has directed numerous shorts. If he were to tackle this project, it would be his first time directing a feature film.
At this point, ‘Blue Beetle’ is still in the earliest stages of development so it will most likely be a couple of years before it materializes. Are you a fan of this character? Are you looking forward to a film version?
Source: The Wrap