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Blue Beetle

He's a superhero, whether he likes it or not. 

Year: 2023 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Angel Manuel Soto 
Starring: Becky G, Bruna Marquezine, Xolo Maridueña  
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DC continues to expand their cinematic universe, with this being the first film about the modern superhero character Blue Beetle. Being the first film for this fan favourite character, there is a lot to be excited about here as this film will decide how Blue Beetle is characterised for the DC universe; and current previews suggest that we have plenty to look forward to. We follow Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña) as he comes back to his hometown of Palmera City after his college graduation. Soon after returning home, an ancient alien biotechnical relic called the Scarab chooses him as a host. This is what transforms Jaime into the Blue Beetle, as the Scarab gives him exoskeleton armour and weaponry which he takes full advantage of.

Perhaps the biggest draw of this film is the strong writing which seeks to be unique from a lot of the generic superhero films that are being churned out today, as writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer has reportedly delivered a script which diverges from the regular superhero format. This film focuses on the growth of Blue Beetle as a character, not on his attempts to save the world, as in the words of director Angel Manuel Soto, “He’s not going to save the world yet; he doesn’t deserve to yet”. With such a strong sentiment coming from the director, this film is an intriguing watch for anyone sick of the current regular superhero format, or anyone just wanting to see something a bit more interesting from the genre. The focus on Blue Beetle's characterisation will be interesting as there is a lot to do with this, so far, very underused character. With plenty of action set pieces and heartfelt themes of family throughout, this film will certainly offer a fun and well-rounded experience for any cinemagoers. Although we are not yet certain how the character will develop, we can certainly say that this is going to be a very fun watch.

James Patt

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Screenings of this film:

2023/2024 Autumn Term (digital)