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The Blue Beetle movie is heating up. Filmmaker Angel Manuel Soto will direct the DC superhero project for Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Soto, who helmed the 2020 Sundance coming-of-age drama Charm City Kings, takes on what will be DC’s first film to center on a Latino superhero. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who penned Miss Bala and the upcoming Scarface reboot, wrote the script for Blue Beetle. The Wrap was the first to report the news of Soto’s hiring.
Multiple iterations of Blue Beetle have existed in the comics, with the film focusing on Jaime Reyes, an El Paso teen who uses alien armor granted by a strange artifact to defend his hometown. Reyes first debuted in the comics in 2006 from creators Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner.
Warner Bros.’ next big-screen outing is James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, due out Aug. 6.
Soto is repped by CAA and Jairo Alvarado at Redefine Entertainment.
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