Angel Manuel Soto set to direct Blue Beetle movie

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The Blue Beetle movie has found its director and is heading to production in the fall it seems.

According to a report from TheWrap, Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) has been tapped to direct the upcoming Blue Beetle movie. While there have been multiple heroes to use that moniker, this story will focus on the Jaime Reyes version.

“It is an honor to direct Blue Beetle, the first Latino superhero film for DC,” Soto told TheWrap in a statement. “I want to sincerely thank everyone at Warner Bros. and DC for trusting me to bring Jaime Reyes to life. I can’t wait to make history together.”

The first two incarnations of Blue Beetle were crimefighters that relied on various gadgets. The second version was a Charlton Comics character that was eventually purchased by DC Comics and served as the inspiration for the Nite Owl character in the Watchmen series. The Reyes version differs significantly from those versions as he gains his powers from an alien scarab he bonded with that encases him in a  suit of armor.

Reyes became a staple of the Young Justice series and has also appeared in other animated fare such as Batman: The Brave and the Bold, DC Super Hero Girls, and Justice League Action. He has also had one other brush with a live-action incarnation appearing in an episode of the tenth season of Smallville.

The Blue Beetle movie first surfaced in serious development reports back in 2018. Since that time news has been fairly quiet without much warning that directors were even in talks.

Production on Blue Beetle is currently scheduled to begin in the fall with a script from Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala), and Zev Foreman serving as executive producer.