The DCEU is adding a new hero to the mix, reports. Jamie Reyes, AKA the Blue Beetle, will be starring in his own movie directed by Charm City Kings’ Angel Manuel Soto and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala, Scarface). This will be DC’s first Lantio-focused film.
In DC Comics, Jaime Reyes is the third person to hold the Blue Beetle mantle. A Mexican-American teenager in El Paso, Texas, Jaime’s life was turned upside down when he stumbled upon an Alien scarab artifact that fused itself to his body, giving him the ability to summon a sentient suit of high tech armor. As Blue Beetle, Jaime only has a certain degree of control over the armor, which often gets him into–or out of–trouble, whether he likes it or not.
Jaime is the first person in the Blue Beetle legacy to actually merge with the scarab, though he is often mentored by the second Blue Beetle, Ted Kord. Ted was a famous adventurer and inventor who did not have superpowers of his own, but rather relied on gadgets and technology to assist in his caped crusading. Despite this disconnect, Ted is more than happy to use his intellect (and considerable wealth) to help Jaime uncover the scarab’s secrets and get his foot in the door with the whole superhero business.
Since his introduction Jaime has become one of the cornerstone members of the Teen Titans, has featured prominently in the animated series Young Justice, and has even briefly served on the Justice League.
According to The Wrap, production on Blue Beetle is set to begin this fall.