As anticipation hits the pitch for James Gunn’s upcoming overhaul of the DC Universe, an unexpected revelation has stunned fans: This revamped universe’s hero isn’t the iconic Superman.

The new superhero is set to make his big cinematic debut on August 18, 2023, marking a massive shift as he appears in one of the closing films from DC’s previous cinematic chapter.

James Gunn reveals Blue Beetle as the leading superhero in the rebooted DC Universe

James Gunn spills the beans on the revamped DC Universe's inaugural superhero - it's Blue Beetle!  (Image via Warner Bros.)
James Gunn spills the beans on the revamped DC Universe’s inaugural superhero – it’s Blue Beetle! (Image via Warner Bros.)

in a loop of Inside You Podcast with Michael RosenbaumJames Gunn pulls back the curtain as the revamped DC Universe’s first hero, unveiling Blue Beetle as the flagship.

Speaking of the contrasts between Marvel and DC, and especially the issue of narrative tone, James Gunn confirmed that Blue Beetle will be the leading superhero in the new DC Universe:

Because, relatively speaking, the MCU and now the DCU are in the movie, which hasn’t really started. I mean the first DCU character, for sure, is Blue Beetle, and the first full DCU movie is Superman: Legacy. “

“I mean, the first DCU character is definitely Blue Beetle and the first DCU movie is Superman.” – James Gunn

Blue Beetle, starring Xolo Maridueña as Jaime Reyes, is an origin story in which Reyes becomes the host of an extraterrestrial biological weapon known as the Scarab. After checking out the character’s existence in his and Peter Safran’s reboot, Gunn expanded on his views on the tone of the franchise, expressing:

Now that’s what’s going on, it’s relatively new. Same with Marvel. I mean, even the MCU is relatively new. So I don’t know if there’s any innate stuff about the tone, because I think what the MCU and DCU both need to do is Having a wider range of tones than it currently is. I think they’re working on doing that, but I think they can do better.”

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Why DC fans should take note of Blue Beetle

Find out why Blue Beetle is the must-see superhero in the rebooted DC Universe (Image via Warner Bros.)
Find out why Blue Beetle is the must-see superhero in the rebooted DC Universe (Image via Warner Bros.)

The official nod from the DC Studios co-president comes after reports that Blue Beetle will be included in the studio’s novelization vision. Blue Beetle’s Xolo Maridueña seems pleased with the development, telling Empire magazine:

“If we get one movie or a trilogy and the fu*king folds that up into Justice League sh*t we’re ready for the whole nine, for me and Angel (Manuel Soto, director) and the team, we hit this movie. It’s just based on the numbers.”

However, it is important to clarify that James Gunn called Blue Beetle the first character, while Superman: Legacy It will be the first movie.

Whether the upcoming DC Universe will include Jaime Reyes’ cinematic background, ignore it entirely, or find a way to balance them out remains a mystery.

Nevertheless, Gunn’s assertion, especially before Blue Beetle’s big screen debut, confirms his faith in the film and its cast and points to a roadmap for the character’s future.

Despite the movie trailer’s mixed reception, Blue Beetle’s sure presence in DC’s future is a compelling reason for fans to engage with this narrative and hero. Fans should stay tuned for more updates on Blue Beetle and his assured future in the DC Universe.

the arrival of the character to the big screen, blue beetle In cinemas August 18, 2023.

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