The upcoming Blue Beetle DC Comics movie is set to make history as the first major superhero movie to center on a Latino hero. The movie stars Xolo Maridueña as the insectoid superhero, teenager Jaime Reyes, who gets his powers from an alien artifact created by the Reach. Maridueña is joined by an impressive cast of Latino actors, including Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damian Alcazar, and Belissa Escobedo, who plays Jaime’s sister Milagro. The movie also features a superhero grandmother played by Harvey Guillen and Bruna Marquezine as a gangster.
Xolo Maridueña, took to Instagram to express his gratitude towards director Angel Manuel Soto. In a heartfelt message, Maridueña thanked Soto for his guidance throughout the filming process, calling him “the most fantastic director” and “the only man for this job.” The actor also expressed how proud he is to be Soto’s “son” and how deserving the director is of all the recognition he is receiving. The touching message shows the close relationship between Maridueña and Soto, and the deep appreciation the actor has for the director’s leadership during the making of the film.
Angel Manuel Soto, a Puerto Rican filmmaker, has made a film that proves the importance of representation in Hollywood, demonstrating the diversity and capability of the Latino community. With Soto at the helm, Blue Beetle promises to be a groundbreaking superhero movie that authentically represents the Latinx culture. The villain in the movie, Carapax, played by Raoul Trujillo, is a nod to Victorias comics relationship with Iron Man. Blue Beetle is set to release on August 18th, 2022, and fans are eagerly awaiting the debut of this groundbreaking superhero movie.