There’s a Blue Beetle movie coming, as Warner Bros. continues to keep the DCEU alive and well.
Jaime Reyes is a teenager who finds a mysterious, magically powered scarab, that soon binds with his body, allowing him to manifest a powerful exoskeleton, fly, and project energy. A little bit Power Rangers, a little bit classic DC superhero, it’s easy to see how Blue Beetle will translate to the screen. The Wrap reports that Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (the upcoming remake of Miss Bala) has landed the writing job, and Zev Foreman will produce. The Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle was created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner in 2005.
There’s a legacy element to Jaime’s story, as well. That magical scarab once belonged to Dan Garrett, the original Blue Beetle. Between Garrett and Reyes’ tenure as the Blue Beetle, Ted Kord carried the legacy, as a non-magical version of the character.
It’s not clear if this affects a previously announced project that may have featured a version of Blue Beetle. Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti has been developing a Booster Gold movie that was rumored to feature Blue Beetle (likely the Ted Kord version of the character), but there hasn’t been any movement on that in quite some time. Every now and then there are rumblings that a version of Blue Beetle will show up on one of the DC TV shows (and Ted Kord has been namedropped numerous times on Arrow), but it has never actually come to pass. It’s easy to imagine Ted Kord being a fit for TV while Jaime is the Blue Beetle of the big screen, though.
Considering that DC has long been making a push for Jaime Reyes in various media, it makes sense that the character would make the jump to the big screen. The character had previously appeared on an episode of Smallville, where he was played by Jaren Brandt Bartlett. The character has made numerous appearances in animated form, notably on Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice.
There’s no release date for the Blue Beetle movie just yet, but you can find the complete schedule of upcoming DC superhero movies right here.