DC and Warner Bros. have found their director for the DCU’s newest franchise movie.

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The Wrap reports that Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto is set to direct Blue Beetle, which will focus on Mexican-American teen Jaime Reyes, the third character to adopt the Blue Beetle name.

Writing the film is Mexican-born Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, a writer on Universal’s upcoming Scarface remake.


“It is an honor to direct Blue Beetle, the first Latino superhero film for DC,” Soto told The Wrap. “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.”

Blue Beetle is one of DC’s popular and underused characters. He is one of the cornerstone members of the Teen Titans, has featured prominently in the animated series Young Justice, and has even briefly served on the Justice League.

According to The Wrap, production on Blue Beetle is set to begin this fall.