Last year, we learned that Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña is set to play the Jaime Reyes incarnation of Blue Beetle in the DCEU for a film adaptation that was initially set for release on HBO Max. But recently, the project was moved to a theatrical release which now gives it a bigger platform for the audience to see the character come to life.
In a recent interview with USA Today discussing the recently-released fourth season of Cobra Kai, Maridueña opened up about his upcoming role as the DC hero in which he talked about his excitement on taking the character and its importance in terms of the Latino representation in the comic book genre.
"Honestly, it feels like I've skipped a few stepping stones," he said. "Cobra Kai has been such a wonderful opportunity, (and) it feels a little bit intimidating being this is my first movie and it's in a realm that's totally different than anything I've ever worked on. I'm nervous, but I'm excited. It's gonna be important, not only for Latinos and to see people of color, brown people, represented onscreen, but also show a story that we haven't really seen before."
When asked if he has already seen his suit, he answered, "We've done two suit fittings. They're hoping that I get more buff by the time we actually start filming. But I've seen the suit, and it looks awesome."
It is exciting to see Maridueña's career take off as he jumps from one of the most popular TV shows right now to one of the biggest movie franchises today. It's also a huge step for him since he is going to play a superhero and he's going to be a much bigger name once the film has been released. Hopefully, he'll have a great experience playing the character and fans definitely can't wait to see him in costume.
Blue Beetle is set to be released in theaters on August 18, 2023.