Angel Manuel Soto is set to direct DC’s Blue Beetle, which will focus on Latino Jaime Reyes, the third character to adopt the Blue Beetle name.

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According to The Wrap, Soto, director of last year’s Charm City Kings, has been tapped by Warner Bros. to direct and the film will be written by Mexican-born Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who is currently working on Universal’s upcoming Scarface remake.

Soto may not be a household name, but the Puerto Rican-born filmmaker has been quietly making waves on the indie scene. Charm City Kings, won the Ensemble Cast Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival last year and was a nominee for the Grand Jury Prize.

Speaking to The Wrap, Soto said –

“It is an honor to direct Blue Beetle, the first Latino superhero film for DC,”

“I want to sincerely thank everyone at Warner Bros. and DC for trusting me to bring Jaime Reyes to life. I can’t wait to make history together.”

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Blue Beetle will follow Jaime Reyes, the third character to hold the mantle of Blue Beetle. Reyes’ cinematic debut would be the first superhero movie led by a Latin-American hero. The character has previously leapt from the pages of comics to appear in DC Animation, including a role in Young Justice.

The first Blue Beetle, Dan Garret. had originally been a police officer who gained superpowers from ingesting the mysterious “Vitamin2X” before being retconned into an archaeologist who gained his powers from a mystical scarab beetle artefact. Kord, the next Blue Beetle, had no powers (the scarab somehow didn’t work for him) but used his genius intellect, inventions, and the resources of his tech company to fight crime.

This will be Jaime’s (and Blue Beetle in general’s) first live-action feature film appearance though. It will also make history as the first Latino-led superhero film from either DC or Marvel.

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We’ll bring you more on Soto’s plans for Blue Beetle as and when we learn it.