The Blue Beetle solo movie is long overdue

Variant cover for Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1.

picture: Rafael Albuquerque / DC Comics

Despite the various twists in Managementgoals and the general passage of time, Warner Bros. Stress over the weekend as it blue beetle will movie Actually they go out. With a debut poster focused on the titular superhero’s alien Scarab, now all that’s left to do is wait for the trailer (or two, three, you know the deal) that shows what we can expect from Jaime Reyes (Jaime Reyes).Xolo Maridueña) First reality film appearance.

DC has a lot of teen superheroes in its stable, but Jaime is one of the company’s superheroes I didn’t really know what to do, at least in the comics. Originally created in 2006 by Keith Giffen, Cully Hamner, John Rogers, and Jaime’s I had some difficulty communicating with the crowd. Sometimes he gets his own solo comic, sometimes it’s in a syndicated book, or he appears as a guest star in someone else’s story before finally deciding to make peace. It’s hard to say why, given that he has such a strong connection to being a teen that is a mixture of Iron Man and Venom.

Even without this setup, Jamie is a very important character in his own right. A lot of the superhero movies of the past several years have had a great deal of being “firsts” in some capacity, whether they’re the first movies with a certain title Ethnic minoritiesa The opposite orientation, and so on. While blue beetle Another “first” in this regard – it’s the first DC Extended Universe movie to have a Latino hero headline – his presence is also important to Jimmy as a character. He wasn’t the first teen to take on the mantle of an already established superhero, but he was the one who helped lay the groundwork for the young heroes who are now carving a space for themselves in the franchise-heavy era.

characters like Kamala Khan And the Miles Morales hit in only truly The moment when comics were not only making a more active push for diversity, but being used as a potential beta testing ground for the franchise’s potential in the future. Even if it’s not explicitly stated, you can eventually see it in the design – and what better way to tackle the problem of diversity in superhero comics and blockbusters than to create diverse superheroes in comics who can hit the headlines or feature prominently in supporting blockbusters? It’s a program that Marvel has dabbled in during the 2000s, and one DC region has only recently opted to take on a “future stateCartoons and New versions of heroes spun from this event.

Jaime, however, has arrived Before That wave of diversity happened. While his debut in 2006 wasn’t noteworthy, you can definitely see how he could have taken off more if he had debuted six or seven years later. In the same way that DC decided to collide Harley Quinn And the Cyborg Even listeners, the same could have been done for Jaime. After all, Warner Bros. announced it. It is creating a file blue beetle The movie back in 2018.

Blue Beetle in Young Justice: Invasion.

Blue Beetle in Young Justice: Invasion.
picture: WB animation

In DC’s defense, Jaime has managed to carve out a private space for himself in the public eye, it just took him longer than Harley or Cyborg. Often removed from the DCEU’s public landscape and turbulence, the character has carved out a niche for himself through animation and video games. Young justice It made him one of the primary leads for his sophomore season, and he was a recurring character in the series Batman: The Brave and the Bold around the same time. List of DC animated films during 2010 had him appearing in it Teen Titans movies (he was part of the team in the comics during the late 2000s) and served as one of the launch characters injustice 2. This is almost certainly for the best – his film is now relatively free to exist as its own entity.

I hope, with this film and the recently released (and very powerful) Blue Beetle: Graduation Day Comic, DC is taking advantage of Jaime’s momentum and doing more with him. The character has gone through too much in the past few years to squander her potential now.

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