'Blue Beetle' Moves Off HBO Max: Gets Theatrical Release

Matt McGloin Posted: 12/17/2021 - 09:54 COMMENT
'Blue Beetle' Moves Off HBO Max: Gets Theatrical Release

Warner Bros. has decided to movie the Blue Beetle movie off of its HBO Max streaming service as the flick now has a theatrical release date.

Blue Beetle will be released Aug. 18, 2023.

Originally, the plan was for the film to be developed for HBO Max, but Warner Bros. announced Thursday that it will instead get a theatrical release.

The flick is set to star Xolo Maridueña as Jaime Reyes and the titular character, who in the comics is the third individual to bear the name Blue Beetle where the character dons alien superpowered armor through an artifact known as the Scarab.

Back in August, Xolo Maridueña, who is known for Netflix's Cobra Kai, confirmed the casting news.

"It’s official…I am beyond grateful to be able to fill in these enormous shoes as one of the first Latino Superhero on the big screen," said Maridueña. "To the team at DC and on blue beetle, Ángel, Walter, Gareth, Galen, Zev, John…Thank you so much for trusting me with this role, we’re about to make a kickass movie. Also huge congrats to Leslie on getting cast as Batgirl, LETS GO OUT AND SUPPORT THESE MOVIES. THIS MOVIE IS GONNA BE FOR THE WORLD. I'M A F-CKING SUPERHERO WHAT THE HECK."

Blue Beetle is getting directed by Angel Manuel Sot who previously said the film will be inspired by the likes of AkiraDrive, and Pacific Rim and added the movie will focus on Jaime Reyes' family and that the film opens the world for other Latino characters to come and further representation.

As Maridueña notes above, Leslie Grace is playing Batgirl, and DC has also cast Sasha Calle as Supergirl in The Flash, and Rachel Zegler in Shazam: Fury of the Gods.

Back in October, concept art was also released at the DC FanDome event. See below.

Blue Beetle concept art:

Blue Beetle concept art