The Puerto Rican Ángel Manuel Soto was chosen by Warner Bros. and DC Comics to direct Blue Beetle, the first film of these companies that will have a Latin superhero as the protagonist, the specialized medium The Wrap reported on Tuesday.
“It is an honor for me to direct Blue Beetle, the first film of a Latin superhero for DC,” said Soto.
This feature film will focus on the Hispanic Jaime Reyes, one of the 3 identities he has had in the Blue Beetle comics, a superhero with extraordinary powers derived from a beetle.
“I sincerely want to thank everyone at Warner Bros. and DC for bringing Jaime Reyes to life. I can’t wait to make history together ”, highlighted Soto, also director of the film Charm City Kings, which was presented on the HBO Max platform and triumphed at the last Sundance Festival.
This new film will be the first with a Hispanic protagonist of those that make up the cinematographic universe that Warner Bros. is articulating on the stories of DC Comics.
However, Suicide Squad (2016) did have a secondary character of Latin origin called El Diablo, who was played by actor Jay Hernández.
The executive producer for Blue Bettle, which opens in theaters this fall, is Zev Foreman of Warner Bros.
Blue Beetle was created by Charles Wojtkowski for Fox Comics in 1939 as the alter ego of Dan Garrett, a policeman who uses experimental vitamins to develop superpowers.
Some of Soto’s first films were El Púgil and La Granja, the latter presented at the 5th Aruba International Film Festival in 2015.