Hispanic Super Hero Featured In Upcoming ‘Blue Beetle’ Film

Hispanic Super Hero Featured In Upcoming ‘Blue Beetle’ Film

DC and Warner Bros. have announced that the film adaptation of Blue Beetle is in the works. This will be the first time a Hispanic superhero is featured in a film.

The Blue Scarab is Headed to the Big Screen

For years DC and Marvel have fought back and forth to dominate the silver screen with film release after film release featuring their biggest heroes. Then, DC upped the ante by featuring one of the biggest heroes who just happened to be a woman, something that hadn’t been done before. Marvel answered, in turn, with a feature film based on Black Panther, a superhero who is African. With the strive to have more diverse representation in their films, it’s great seeing heroes on the big screen that we may not have thought possible even ten years ago.

Image retrieved from hypable.com.

Well now, DC is hitting back with its announcement of plans for a Blue Beetle film, a superhero who has been portrayed as being Hispanic since 2006. While we have seen a rise in prominent African American and female superheroes, as a Hispanic man it’s nice to see DC push to feature someone from our culture as their next big project.

From Humble Beginnings

Jaime Reyes, a.k.a. Blue Beetle, has been featured in quite a few of DC’s extended universe in shows such as Smallville and  Batman: The Brave and the Bold. However, he became a huge part of the Young Justice cast during season 2, and many fans look forward to seeing him in the upcoming season 3.

In the show, he is part of a group of young superheroes that work together on missions that aren’t deemed as potentially world-threatening enough for the Justice league to step in.  As it often tends to happen, the team keep finding themselves at the middle of world-altering havoc due to some of their members being highly sought out.

For instance, Superboy is a teenage clone of Superman and therefore susceptible to being molded by the likes of Lex Luthor who seeks to turn him. With Blue Beetle, the scarab attached to his back is part of an alien race who want to take over the universe. Impulse warns him that he is a potential threat to Earth, and the two of them forge a close bond as the two are the jokesters of the team.

Who will take on the role?

No official story has been released about what the film will be about, but everyone is assuming that it will be based on Jaime Reye’s comic origins.

Jaime Reyes discovered the Blue Beetle scarab on the way home from school with two of his best friends Paco and Brenda, half-buried in a disused lot. Reyes took the scarab home, curious as to what it might be. That night, the scarab came alive, and grafted itself to the base of Jaime’s spine, and provided him with a suit of extraterrestrial armor which can be modified to enhance his speed and strength, as well as to create weapons, wings and shields. – Comingsoon.net

We also don’t know who will be tapped to play Jaime in the live-action film, but there are currently plenty of Hispanic male leads to bring in. Here are my top two picks.

Jake T. Austin

Although he’s 23, he still has the youthful looks to play a teenage boy. He’s Hispanic, has an athletic build for a superhero, and he’s been in the business since he started as a child in Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place.  He would be my top choice to play Jaime especially since he has voiced him a few times in Justice League Action and the Teen Titans DC animated films. However, his reasoning for leaving the hit TV show The Fosters was because he wanted to branch out and take on roles that weren’t centered around him playing a teenage boy. However, a high profiled role like this might make him change his mind.

Brandon Larracuente

Brandon is another Hispanic male actor who is in his early 20’s, has been acting since he was a child, and has played teenagers in TV shows. He’s set to star in the Party of Five Netflix reboot, and he just finished his work on playing Jeff Atkins on 13 Reasons Why.  He’s got the right build for it, and a big Hollywood movie would be just what he needs to launch his career even further. However, he has a lot of projects he’s currently working on, so it’s hard to say whether or not he’d even have the time to film a movie where he’d play the main role.

A Promising Future

The Blue Beetle film has everything DC and WB need to breath new life into the DC theatrical universe. Jaime is young and relatable to teens today, and if their upcoming Shazam film is a hit then it can prove that a lighter less serious tone is the right way to approach their films in their future. With the negativity towards Hispanic people in our country at an all-time high, maybe Jaime isn’t just the superhero the Hispanic community wants but the superhero the Hispanic community needs.

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