‘Blue Beetle’: DC hires director for debut Latin superhero movie

The Wrap confirms that DC and Warner Bros are developing a solo film about Jaime Reyes, also known as the Blue Beetle.

Angel Manuel Soto (“Charm City Kings”) will be responsible for the direction.

Mexican writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who wrote the screenplay for the latest remake of “Scarface,” scripted the production.

Zev Foreman will produce the feature film.

In the comics, teenager Jaime Reyes is the third character to don the Blue Beetle coat after Dan Garret and Ted Kord. Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner, the character made his first comedic appearance in 2006’s “Infinite Crisis” # 5. His own monthly series debuted two months later with “Blue Beetle” # 1 in May 2006.

In the comics, Jaime Reyes discovered the Blue Beetle half-buried in abandoned land on his way home from school. Curious, Reyes picked up the scarab and brought it home. That night, the insect comes to life and launches at the boy, attaching itself to the base of his spine. Thus, it features an alien suit that can be modified to provide superb speed and strength to the user, as well as to create weapons, wings, and shields.

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