Xolo Mariduena talks the excitement of playing Blue Beetle

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How did Xolo Maridueña feel about playing Blue Beetle? He felt “a lot of nerves and anxiety.”

Maridueña spoke with Variety at the premiere of Cobra Kai season 5, and spoke about his anticipation of the Blue Beetle movie. “Excited is not the first word that comes to my brain,” said the actor. “It is nervous excitement, it’s antsiness. It’s the anticipation of knowing that you’re on the brink of something potentially big, but it still feels really intimate because you’re just with the cast and the crew.”

Filming has wrapped on the film that will see Maridueña bringing the fan-favorite character of Jaime Reyes to the big screen. Angel Manuel Soto directed the film from a script by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer.

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 fares 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.

Blue Beetle will hit theaters on Aug. 18, 2023.