The HBO Max corner of the DC film universe is starting to get its population.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña is in talks to play Jaime Reyes in the upcoming Blue Beetle film. To be directed by Angel Manuel Soto from a script by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, it will be one of two DC related films Warner Bros. Pictures intends to make for its streaming cousin. The other, Batgirl, stars Leslie Grace and will be directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah with a script from Birds of Prey‘s Christina Hodson.
Maridueña will be familiar to Cobra Kai fans as Miguel, the young man Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) takes under his wing as he restarts the Cobra Kai dojo. Their relationship is strained, of course, over the course of an eventful few months in the San Fernando Valley. And on a personal note, Maridueña hails from the same Los Angeles neighborhood as me, so it’s nice to see a literal hometown boy make good.
The film will focus on the most recent iteration of Blue Beetle, Mexican-American teenager Jaime Reyes. Devised by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner, the character reclaimed the scarab of his Golden Age counterpart, but it was altered from a mystical totem to an advanced piece of alien technology which generates his costume and abilities. Like many teen superheroes, Jaime had to learn to balance his high school life with the impossible tension of alien invasions, multiversal crises, and meeting Superman. The character soon generated his own fan following.
For over a decade, it seemed Jaime was being readied for his own TV series or film. He appeared in one episode of Smallville, but neither he nor Ted Kord have ever shown up in the Arrowverse — although Ted’s company gets a namecheck every so often. Rumors would persist of Geoff Johns writing a film to feature Jaime and Booster, but nothing concrete ever developed.
With Maridueña in negotiations, production could ramp up in the near future.