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Blue Beetle cast list, reviews, plot, trailer, and news

The Blue Beetle promised a new era for DC Universe movies, so here's everything you need to know about Jaime Reyes' exciting debut including the cast and more.

Blue Beetle release date

Who’s in the Blue Beetle cast? DC Comics fans, this one’s for you — one of the comic book world’s most underrated heroes finally got a live-action debut! And with its first Latinx director and lead, no less.

The DCU movie is led by Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña, who plays Jaime Reyes. Technically, this new movie is part of the old DCEU, but James Gunn, who is rebooting the DC Universe with Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters, hasn’t ruled out a future for the character in his new universe.

We might not have a Scarab telling us what to do, but when it comes to Blue Beetle, we know a decent amount. So, here’s everything we’ve learned about the Blue Beetle cast, reviews, trailer, plot, and more.

Who’s in the Blue Beetle cast?

Xolo Maridueña leads the cast of Blue Beetle as Jaime Reyes, alongside Bruna Marquezine, George Lopez, and Damián Alcázar.

Susan Sarandon joined as the latest DC villain and plays Victoria Kord, a corporate head driven by her desire to create futuristic weaponry and defy her missing brother’s legacy.

Here is the Blue Beetle cast list:

  • Xolo Maridueña as Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle
  • Bruna Marquezine as Jenny Kord
  • Belissa Escobedo as Milagros Reyes
  • George Lopez as Rudy Reyes
  • Adriana Barraza as Nana Reyes
  • Elpidia Carrillo as Rocio Reyes
  • Damián Alcázar as Alberto Reyes
  • Raoul Trujillo as Carapax the Indestructible Man
  • Susan Sarandon as Victoria Kord
  • Harvey Guillén as Dr. Sanchez
  • Becky G as the voice of Khaji-Da

Blue Beetle release date: Xolo Maridueña as blue beetle running

Blue Beetle release date and reviews

Blue Beetle was released on Friday, August 18, 2023, and the critical consensus has widely been positive.

The superhero movie was initially planned to be released on the streaming service Max (formerly HBO Max) but ended up with a full theatrical run. This change was a huge vote of confidence in the quality of Blue Beetle, as those overseeing DC clearly believe it had potential. And if the reviews are anything to go by, the movie certainly lived up to the hype.

In our Blue Beetle review, we awarded the film three-stars, marking it as a “promising debut”. Elsewhere, critics were very much on-board with the latest DC outing:

“Blue Beetle is both scrappy and tailored, poignant and breezily amusing. Pitched from a new angle and guided by talented hands, Blue Beetle is a rarity in these superhero end-times: a genuine pleasure to watch, reviving tired old formula with brio,” said Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair.

““Blue Beetle” arrives as DC is struggling to stay alive after a series of flops, cleaning house and revamping its famous comic book titles to course correct. In all the turnover, they’d be smart to keep Jaime Reyes and Xolo Maridueña around,” said Johnny Oleksinski of New York Post.

Blue Beetle release date: Blue Beetle suit first look

What is Blue Beetle about?

Blue Beetle is an origin story for Jaime Reyes, loosely based on the Infinite Crisis comic book storyline.

Jaime is a college graduate who returns home and discovers that things aren’t always so easy when you’re out of school. However, Jaime’s life gets even more complicated when he finds himself the unwilling host of a symbiotic alien weapon known as The Scarab.

The Scarab gives Jaime incredible powers, but it seems to have a mind all of its own, and to make matters worse, Victoria Kord, sister of Ted Kord, wants it back. It’s all a bit Venom. Jaime will have to master his new abilities and become the new Blue Beetle if he hopes to stop Victoria and Carapax, the Indestructible Man.

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Is there a Blue Beetle trailer?

The first trailer Blue Beetle was released on April 3, 2023, and introduced Xolo Maridueña in character as Jaime Reyes after encountering the Scarab for the first time.

We see the Scarab attach itself to Jaime and him trying to get to grips with his new powers, which really freaks out his family. We also got glimpse of the movie villains, Victoria Kord and Carapax the Indestructible Man.

A second Blue Beetle trailer was released on July 12, 2023, which helped excitement for the film reach fever pitch. Watch it for yourself below:

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Where can I watch Blue Beetle?

Blue Beetle is still currently playing in theaters, but will have a digital release on September 19, 2023. After this, it should eventually land on Max for streaming subscribers.

If you want to know more about upcoming DC movies, check out our guides on the Aquaman 2 release date and the Superman Legacy release date. We’ve also spent a longer time than we’d like to admit working out how to watch all the DC movies in order.

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