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Directed by Ángel Manuel Soto, the film centers on college graduate Jaime Reyes ( Xolo Maridueña) who gets chosen to become a symbiotic host to an ancient alien biotech relic that turns him into the superhero known as Blue Beetle. As one of the most preeminent Latino superheroes in comic book history, the “Blue Beetle” cast is predominantly Latino, including Bruna Marquezine, George Lopez, Raoul Max Trujillo, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damián Alcázar and Belissa Escobedo, along with Susan Sarandon.
Meanwhile, despite Blue Beetle’s disappointing box office intake of $122.9 million worldwide, the superhero movie scored big with general audiences and film critics, alike. “‘Blue Beetle‘ is like a dark ’80s fantasia with a shaggy-haired boy-band hero in the middle of it,” penned Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman in his review. And hopefully, the movie can explain the new DC Universe, which will soon expand with the upcoming “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” representing the final installment before the comic book universe’s continuity reboots with Gunn’s “Superman: Legacy” in 2025.