Blue Beetle is the latest DC Comics superhero to get a project headed for the big screen. The Wrap reports that Warner Bros. has begun developing a film focused on Jaime Reyes, the third character to carry the Blue Beetle mantle.
A Mexican-American teenager, Reyes was introduced in 2006 and, after stumbling upon the scarab containing the Blue Beetle's powers, became a DC Comics mainstay with his own solo series.
Mexican-born screenwriter Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, whose credits include the upcoming remake of Scarface at Universal Pictures, has been tapped to script the film. There's no word yet on casting or a release date, but this puts the project in the pipeline.
First introduced in Infinite Crisis #5, Reyes had some very big shoes to fill in the DC Universe, as he was replacing the recently deceased fan-favorite Blue Beetle Ted Kord. Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner, Reyes' origin story altered the Blue Beetle mythos to make the scarab an alien artifact, and Reyes as a character added some new youth and diversity to various corners of DC Comics. In time, he became a trusted ally to Kord's friend Booster Gold and a valued member of the Teen Titans, the Justice League, and the Justice League International. With the events of DC Rebirth, the scarab's origin was altered again to make it magical, but Reyes remains tied to it, working alongside his now-resurrected predecessor Ted Kord.
In addition to his 12-year comic book history, Jaime Reyes has been a major presence in other DC Comics-based media, including the live-action series Smallville and the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Young Justice: Invasion, and more. If this film makes it all the way to the screen, it will mark the character's feature film debut, and add more diversity to the superhero movie scene.
What do you think? Are you ready for a Blue Beetle movie? Who would you cast as Jaime Reyes?