Blue Beetle star Xolo Maridueña said he's had conversations with DC Studios CEOs and presidents James Gunn and Peter Safran about his character's future in the DC Universe.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Maridueña insisted he's been getting full support from Gunn and Safran for Blue Beetle and has been deliberating the future of his superhero in the ever-changing DCU landscape. "Yeah, I have had the chance to speak with them," he said. "They're really happy for our project and so excited for us to kick off what is to eventually become the next DCU. But with this movie, really what we wanted to highlight was Jaime's story and the Reyes family's story. I'm excited to see what they have in mind and how Blue Beetle and the rest of his family might loop into the rest."

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Blue Beetle highlights Maridueña's central character Jaime Reyes, who graduates from college and returns to Palmera City where he's chosen to become the symbiotic host to an ancient alien biotechnological relic called the Scarab, which grants him a special exoskeleton armor. According to the Mexican-American actor, Blue Beetle is a movie that's near and dear to him, insisting he looks forward to seeing how young moviegoers bond with his main character. "My heart is already so fulfilled with this movie. If we do 20 of these movies and 40 cameos or if it's just this one, what's most exciting to me is the opportunity for people to see it and have little kids everywhere saying, "Oh my gosh, this guy looks like me. I can be a hero, too," Maridueña said.

The Journey of the Blue Beetle Film

Originally due to premiere via HBO's streaming service, Max, Blue Beetle will become the third major DCU release in 2023, following Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash. While Gunn has spoken about enjoying Blue Beetle and previews for the superhero tentpole have garnered rave reviews, the film may be heading for the same fate as its recent predecessors, attracting very low opening weekend projections ahead of its release.

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Blue Beetle's premiere comes amid a wave of changes with the DCU since Gunn and Safran took over at DC Studios last October, with the duo announcing a fresh film and TV slate this past January as a part of Chapter One: Gods and Monsters. Gunn confirmed fans will see Blue Beetle again in the new DCU as he isn't connected with previous films while Soto promised a Jaime Reyes return, claiming that there's more of his story yet to be told. Amid the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strikes, Blue Beetle avoided a delay as Warner Bros. considered pushing the movie back to buy more promotional time.

Blue Beetle opens in theaters on Aug. 18.

Source: Entertainment Weekly