First Latino Superhero Xolo Mariduena cast in DC Blue Beetle
In another leap towards diversity, DC Blue Beetle will have the first-ever Latino superhero. Cobra Kai star, Xolo Mariduena is the new addition who will play the superhero in HBO Max’s movie adaption. Along with the director of the film, Angel Manuel Soto, Marideuna confirmed the news at The Suicide Squad premiere.
Although DC Blue Beetle first made appearance in 2006, the character itself goes way back.
Originally, it was introduced in 1939 as a police officer who fights crimes with his superpowers. However, DC Blue Beetle goes by the name of Jaime Reyes. He first appears in Infinite Crisis which came out in 2006. According to the storyline, Jamie Reyes is DC Blue Beetle’s third incarnation who is a Mexican-American teenager. After befriending an alien scarab, he gets a suit of extraterrestrial armor and gains superpowers. Interestingly, Jamie Reyes does not hide his superpowers from his family and friends. This is very unlike other superheroes who are known to keep their superpowers under wraps. Previously, this superhero has appeared in several animations and video games like Batman: The Brave and The Bold, and Young Justice: Invasion. At the same time, DC Blue Beetle appeared in the tenth season of Smallville, TV show about American superheroes.
With this movie adaption, Xolo Mariduena will lead the way for new Latino talent in Hollywood.
A few days back, Xolo Mariduena announced that he is the next DC Blue Beetle. While attending the premiere of The Suicide Squad, he and the director, Angel Manuel Soto confirmed the news. The director shared his excitement and said:
I believe today is the day that Xolo comes in as DC Blue Beetle. He just got the news today. Less than 24 hours ago.
Talking about his role, Mariduena said:
The only thing that is on my mind right now is just the fact that he’s Latino. I have so much pride in getting to be a part of this project with Angel, someone like him. I think it’s so important, and I don’t want to stand on the soapbox for too long but representation is so important.
He also shared the happy news on his Instagram, expressing joy and gratitude for this incredible opportunity.
Previously, Xolo Mariduena has played another iconic character in Cobra Kai
In the Netflix TV series, Mariduena plays Miguel Diaz, a high schooler who becomes Johnny Lawrence’s student in Cobra Kai dojo. The show is still on-air with three seasons streaming on Netflix. Xolo Mariduena has a recurring role in the show. On the other hand, he has also played Victor Graham in the TV show, Parenthood. With his new role as DC Blue Beetle, Mariduena is not only going to make history but also prove his mettle in Hollywood.
The shooting of the DC film will begin at the beginning of 2022. At the moment, there is no release date for it.