Written by Rafiul (Rafi) Islam~Multimedia Editor

Photo of Blue Beetle movie poster. Photo retrieved from: himovies.sx

The DC Extended Universe has been expanding its roster of superheroes with more diverse and colorful characters, the latest addition being “Blue Beetle”, a film adaptation of the comic book character Jaime Reyes. 

The film, directed by Angel Manuel Soto and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, stars Xolo Maridueña as the titular hero, a young latino man who becomes a superhero after bonding with an alien scarab that gives him a suit of armor with incredible powers. 

The film also features Susan Sarandon as Victoria Kord, the villainous CEO of Kord Industries who wants to use the scarab for her secret OMAC project, Bruna Marquezine as Jenny Kord, Victoria’s niece and a rebel hacker who helps Jaime to stop her.

“Blue Beetle” is a fun and thrilling adventure that balances action, humor and emotion. The film does justice to the comic book character of Jaime Reyes, who was created in 2006 as the third person to bear the mantle of Blue Beetle after Ted Kord and Dan Garrett. 

Jaime Reyes is portrayed as a smart, brave, and compassionate hero who struggles to balance his new responsibilities with his personal life. He also has a witty and sarcastic banter with Khaji-Da, the artificial intelligence of the scarab, voiced by Becky G. 

In addition to this the film features many references and easter eggs to the DC comics and movies, such as cameo appearances by Booster Gold and Batman, as well as nods to other heroes like Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

Blue Beetle is not only a great superhero film, but also a celebration of Latino culture and representation. The film showcases the diversity and richness of the Latino community in Palmera City, a fictional metropolis that is home to Jaime and his family. 

The film features many Latino actors, such as  Damián Alcázar, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Belissa Escobedo, Elpidia Carrillo, Harvey Guillén, Raoul Max Trujillo and more.

The film also incorporates elements of Latino music, art, cuisine, language, and folklore into its story and visuals.

“Blue Beetle” is a worthy addition to the DC Extended Universe and a refreshing change from the dark and gritty tone of many previous films. 

The film proves that diversity and humor can make for a successful superhero film that appeals to a wide audience. With so many surprises and twists, “Blue Beetle” is a must see movie this year.

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