Blue Beetle created lots of early buzz among critics as the upcoming DC Universe film generated rave reviews ahead of its theatrical release.

Many industry insiders took to Twitter to offer feedback about Blue Beetle, the film chronicling the titular first hero of the new-look DCU, on Aug. 11, one week before the superhero title's cinematic debut. The overarching narrative from critics is that Blue Beetle was an engaging watch, with Collider's Steven Weintraub calling it "so much better than expected" and an "extremely funny" effort while The Hollywood Handle said the movie boasts "a phenomenal cast with charismatic characters and an intriguing plot." Additionally, FilmSpeak's Griffin Schiller called Blue Beetle a "massive win" for DC and an "electric introduction" to the live-action version of the DC character.

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Starring Xolo Maridueña as Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle, the upcoming summer blockbuster follows a pair of box-office duds for DC in Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash amid a raft of changes at the studio under co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran. Big Screen Leaks pointed out how Blue Beetle should have received a bigger marketing push from DC given its quality, saying it's a "fun, self-contained story about family." Not only were critics impressed by Maridueña's portrayal of Jaime, but they also hailed George Lopez's entertaining showing as Jaime's uncle Rudy.

The positive early critiques mirror the encouraging social media reaction Blue Beetle received this past April following the release of its first official trailer. The film chronicles Reyes and his Mexican-American family as the central character, a recent college graduate from Palmera City, is chosen to become a symbiotic host to the Scarab, an ancient alien relic that grants him powerful exoskeletal armor to transform him into the Blue Beetle. Though it's a superhero movie, Blue Beetle isn't about saving the world, according to director Angel Manuel Soto, as the movie is more about his and his family's journey.

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Despite gloomy early box-office projections, Blue Beetle looks primed for a solid opening weekend return, with predictions claiming a $30 million domestic take for the movie, the first superhero title to feature a Latino lead and a largely Hispanic cast. Initial forecasts had Blue Beetle making between $12 and $15 million due to some of its actors being unable to promote the movie due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. As a result, several Latino organizations have teamed up with Blue Beetle to boost marketing efforts.

Reportedly, Blue Beetle features two post-credit scenes, with the film clocking in at 2 hours and 7 minutes. The film also stars Susan Sarandon as the villainous Victoria Kord, marking her superhero movie debut, while acclaimed singer Rebbeca "Becky G" Gomez stars as Khaji-Da, the voice of the Scarab.

Blue Beetle premieres in theaters on Aug. 18, 2023.

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