Even WB Admits The Big Problem With The DCU’s New Superhero

Xolo Maridueña has made his debut as Jaime Reyes in Blue Beetle, the first movie character of the new DCU, and the film admits the hero’s big problem.

Summary

  • Blue Beetle’s relative unknown status compared to Justice League heroes is a factor in its box office performance, as acknowledged in the movie itself.
  • By setting up Blue Beetle as a solo hero operating on a smaller scale, the movie avoids repeating the Justice League’s world-ending threat trope and allows for more variety in the DC Universe.
  • Jaime’s role as a community-focused hero, similar to Spider-Man, highlights the importance of his character and sets the stage for a future of standalone heroes in the expanding DC Universe.

Warning! This article contains SPOILERS for Blue Beetle.

Blue Beetle admits the big problem with the DC Universe’s new hero. Xolo Maridueña has made his debut as Jaime Reyes in Blue Beetle, with the movie showing how the young character comes into contact with the alien scarab Khaji-Da, bonding with it and becoming the DC Universe’s first movie character. James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new DC Universe is set to properly begin in 2025, with the release of Superman: Legacy, which is written and directed by Gunn, and stars David Corenswet taking over from previous Superman actor Henry Cavill as the new Man of Steel.

While Jaime and his family, as well as Bruna Marquezine’s Jenny Kord, should continue in the new DC Universe, possible Blue Beetle 2 news is only expected if the movie manages to leave a mark at the box office, and with the positive word-of-mouth surrounding DC’s latest movie release, especially after the two box office bombs the studio had to deal with earlier this year — Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The FlashBlue Beetle could have interesting box office legs despite a soft opening weekend, which can be explained by the movie itself.

Blue Beetle Admits He’s Not As Good As The Justice League Heroes

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One of the reasons Blue Beetle has not had a stellar debut at the worldwide box office is due to the character’s nature, with the hero not as known to audiences as other DC heroes such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Blue Beetle is not a Justice League character, and the movie is well aware of it, admitting the hero’s status. One scene sees George Lopez’s Uncle Rudy reveal to Jaime that the previous bearer of the Blue Beetle mantle, Ted Kord, was never as good of a hero as Superman and Batman, which cements Jaime’s hero status as the new bearer of the mantle.

Blue Beetle Can Avoid The DCEU’s Justice League Mistake

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By Blue Beetle admitting that its lead hero is not as good as the Justice League’s major players, placing Jaime Reyes at a lower level, the movie can actually set up the hero to have an interesting arc. Not all heroes have to be dealing with world-ending threats and leading to big Justice League events in the new DC Universe. While Corenswet’s Superman, The Brave and the Bold‘s Batman, and more heroes can form the DC Universe’s Justice League to deal with high-level threats to Earth and the universe, Blue Beetle can remain as a solo hero, and that’s better.

Blue Beetle shows how important Jaime becoming a hero is to the community that he and his family reside in, and making it clear that the character will be a hero similar to Spider-Man, a friend to the community, is an excellent approach. With the new DC Universe set to introduce several heroes over the next ten years, variety is needed, and having heroes like Jaime that operate in more standalone ways rather than setting up crossovers is good, as it allows the DCU to have the best of both worlds, and Blue Beetle is the first step of that future.

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