In a surprising move, Warner Bros. and DC have switched the release for the forthcoming Blue Beetle film. Originally announced as an HBO Max exclusive, joining the likes of Black Canary and Batgirl, Blue Beetle is now heading to the big screen.
Late Thursday evening, the studio revealed Blue Beetle will hit theaters on Aug. 18, 2023. Blue Beetle was first developed as an original film for HBO Max alongside Batgirl, which is currently in production for the streaming service. It’s unclear as what caused the studio to switch its release strategy, however, Blue Beetle will mark a huge milestone for the DC Extended Universe as it’ll mark the first Latino-led DC hero film.
Angel Manuel Soto is directing Blue Beetle from Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer’s screenplay. Cobra Kai breakout Xolo Maridueña plays Jaime Reyes, who gains superpowers when he encounters alien armor.
As it stands, the other previously announced HBO Max films – Batgirl, Black Canary and Static Shock – look to remain HBO Max exclusive titles for the time being. Also in the works on HBO Max are series such as Peacemaker, Constantine, Justice League Dark, Zatanna, The Batman Spinoffs (Penguin and GCPD) and Madame X.