Blue Beetle director asks cinema audiences to come out in force so that a trilogy can be made
Blue Beetle director Angel Manuel Soto has asked movie audiences to flock to the cinema to see the new DC Comics movie so that a trilogy can be made.
The movie tells the story of Jaime Reyes, a recent college graduate from a humble background who takes a job cleaning houses due to his family facing eviction from their home. While in the house of the mysterious Victoria Kord, Jaime becomes fused with an alien technology scarab which gives him superhuman abilities.
It stars Xolo Maridueña in the title role alongside Adriana Barraza, Damián Alcázar, Raoul Max Trujillo, Susan Sarandon, and George Lopez.
The movie is yet to be released, and Soto is desperate for it to be a success so he can fulfil his dream of making a franchise.
“I don't think I would be here talking with you if I didn't think that way,” he told Yahoo when asked whether he wants to make a trilogy.
“The way the machine works, the movie needs to make money for them to put more money in, but for us, we've always seen it that way.
“We love the story so much. We believe in the product so much. We believe in an actor so much. We couldn't help but think about where his journey was going to go while we were creating this film. So is it wish fulfilment? Are we calling it out to the universe? Sure.”
Does superhero movie fatigue exists?
Over the last couple of years, the term 'superhero movie fatigue' has become more prominent as some fans have become disillusioned with just how many comic book adaptations there are in film and television.
This has been reflected not just in terms of critical reception but also at the box office.
For Soto, though, he'll never get tired of movies no matter the genre.
“The fatigue conversation... I love movies, I don't get fatigued from movies," he explained.
“I like to be entertained, I like to be moved, I like to connect, I like to see other worlds. Cinema for me is something that I will never get fatigued from.
“In terms of how we made this movie feel different, or fresh: we wanted to include the family, as part of this journey, not just as bait. The family has active participation in the formation of this hero, in the formation of Jaime. Their values are what makes Jaime the kid he is, but also their active participation is what makes him the hero he'll become.
"We wanted to honour the people that came before us, our ancestors, our parents, and we wanted to give them the heroic arch that they deserve. Because without their sacrifices, which are heroic, we wouldn't be where we are now.
“People from all walks of life, younger and old, can see this movie and see themselves as heroes, not just Jaime. That support system is important, and we want to celebrate it. This is a love letter to their families that gave everything for us to be where we are today.”
Action / Scifi
2023 • 128 minutes