Susan Sarandon is officially joining the DCEU. Is that even a thing anymore? In Blue Beetle she will play the villainous Victoria Kord. Sharon Stone was previously in talks to play the villain but Sarandon has sealed the deal.
Sarandon is set to play the antagonist to Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña, who will portray the Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle. The movie was originally announced to premiere on Warner Bros’ streaming platform HBO Max but DC recently announced it will be going straight to theatres.
Three Blue Beetles
Over the years, there have been three different versions of Blue Beetle. The first Beetle was Dan Garret who initially gained superpowers from a special vitamin, which was later changed to gaining powers from a sacred scarab.
The second Blue Beetle was Ted Kord who never had any superpowers but used science to create various devices to help him fight crime. He became a member of the Justice League and was later killed during DC Comics’ Infinite Crisis crossover.
The third Blue Beetle is Jaime Reyes, a teenager who discovered that the original Blue Beetle scarab morphed into a battle suit allowing him to fight crime and travel in space. Over the years Reyes became a member of the Teen Titans.
Jaime Reyes’ Back Story
Jaime Reyes is a teenager who lives in El Paso, Texas, with his father, mother, and little sister; his father owns a garage and his mother is a nurse. Jaime finds the scarab in a vacant lot and it fuses with him while he sleeps.
This version of the scarab was retconned as a tool of war of the Reach, an ancient race of cosmic marauders. After being defeated by the Guardians of the Universe and forced into a truce, the Reach poses as benevolent aliens lending their advanced technology to budding civilizations.
The scarab is a gift for that world’s champion, giving him amazing powers and the knowledge of the Reach to protect his or her peers. Secretly, the scarab is part of an advanced hive mind, with its own artificial intelligence covertly supplanting the wearer’s own. Sounds like they should rename this film The Blue Hairs… moving on.
The wearer is turned into the “ultimate infiltrator”, a covert agent intended to take over its own world. However, the Blue Beetle Scarab is damaged and so instead of it controlling the host, it forms a symbiotic relationship with Reyes often leading to very differences of opinion on how to handle villains.
Though the Victoria Kord name certainly links to the second Blue Beetle, the character is an original creation for the film and not found in the pages of DC Comics.
It is unclear if the film will be including Ted, or if they are gender-swapping him for Victoria (Yay!), but the inclusion of a Kord should not be ignored. In the comics, Carapax the Indestructible Man uses indestructible technology invented by Jarvis Kord and his nephew Ted.
So the Kord name is significant in the Blue Beetle lore and no doubt this will possibly lead to one of the most obvious revealing twists in cinematic history.
Now Discovery has taken over DC, they seem to be making all the right noises and reshaping the existing mess it’s in, I hope they can do him justice on the big screen. However, their choice of villain is a little underwhelming.
Stone is 64 and Sarandon 75 so I’m not exactly sure how dangerous a foe they were/are going to be for our young protagonist.
Stone is still most famous for getting her growler out in Basic Instinct, so what kind of villain would her version of Kord be, perhaps The Blue Waffle (Google it)? And now he’s taking on bug-eyed Sarandon, perhaps her villain will have her own scarab and transform into The Praying Mantis. He deserves better opposition.
Blue Beatle is due to arrive in cinemas in August 2023.