Director Angel Manuel Soto on Family & Xolo Maridueña

’s synopsis. “When the Scarab chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he’s bestowed with an incredible suit of armor that’s capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the superhero Blue Beetle.”

Tyler Treese: What’s so exciting about Blue Beetle is that it was a real star-making performance for Xolo Maridueña. We’re seeing both the actor and his character grow at the same time. How exciting is it to see such a bright future for both the character going into the DCU and for Xolo as a leading man now?I think that’s a great question.

But seeing him step up — not just to be a leading man, but also to be a superstar in the way of action — demands it, and to have the vulnerabilities and the emotionality that I like to see on this type of character without being unabashedly himself, but at the same time, given that wish fulfillment. Him and his family were very close, and he also stays true to his origins, his family, and his beginnings. It just shows you that the heart of Jaime Reyes and the heart of Xolo are almost the same.

Jaime is obviously the main character and the star of Blue Beetle, but it’s not all about him. The family all gets so many great moments, and it really shows that Jaime is amazing — he also has this incredible support system. How important was it to show that it’s not just the man that makes the hero: it’s also that community and family that really propels him to be all that he can be?

We have grown to love a lot of these movies that are exciting, and the tropes are there, but they’ve always been based out of a certain individuality. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The whole idea of keeping your identity a secret is for the protection of the ones that you love, so there is a reason for that existence.

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