After his success with Cobra Kai, Xolo Mariduena has signed on for HBO Max’s Blue Beetle movie—which is now making the jump to the big screen. We don’t have an official look at the film yet, but some leaked photos from Just Jared have revealed Mariduena wearing the alien suit.
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While there have been several incarnations of Blue Beetle in the comics, this one will be based on Jaime Reyes who was introduced back in the Infinite Crisis storyline. In the comics, Reyes is granted powers by an alien suit, becoming the Blue Beetle.
The costume in the set looks pretty close to what we got in the comics, but I think the head looks a bit large. If anything, I think they could be editing the entire thing with CGI to make it look smaller, but I guess the suit already works from a practical standpoint.
What I’m wondering is if they’re going to give Blue Beetle a mouth, because it might work with animation and comics, but I think it would look a bit freaky in live-action. On the other hand, not having a mouth on the costume kind of makes the character look like a blue Spawn/Deadpool.
The movie is set for a 2023 release, so it’s going to be a while before we get an official look from WB. In the meantime, we do have several other properties to watch out for like Aquaman 2, The Flash, and the Batgirl solo film.
Blue Beetle hits theaters on Aug. 17, 2023.