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‘Blue Beetle’ star can’t wait for DC fans to see the franchise’s newest superhero in action

Could the film be a return to form for DC?

What We Do in the Shadows breakout star Harvey Guillén is highly enthusiastic about his upcoming DC film Blue Beetle, where he will play an undisclosed major role.

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Guillén had nothing but praise for the film’s script in a new interview with SlashFilm, highlighting screenwriter Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer’s attention to detail when it comes to representing Latino culture.

The 32 year-old actor promises Latino audiences will feel “seen” and “included” when watching Blue Beetle, given that the culture is celebrated all around – from the language the characters use and the scenarios, right down to the settings.

“You’re going to feel like, ‘Oh my gosh, my culture is on screen. That is how we talk at home. That’s something that we would do. Oh my gosh, that’s something that I went through.'”

The film is also a fantastic introduction to Latino culture for those who aren’t familiar with it. “If you’re not Latino, it’s going to make you feel introduced and welcomed,” Guillén shared.

Before rising to fame as Guillermo in What We Do in the Shadows, Guillén was in a number of television shows including Huge, The Thundermans, and Eye Candy. However, the upcoming comic book adaptation will mark his first major blockbuster role.

Xolo Maridueña will play teenager Jaime Reyes, who becomes the titular superhero after gaining powers from a sacred scarab. He is best known for his roles in Cobra Kai and Parenthood. Susan Sarandon, and George Lopez also co-star.

Jaime will be DCU’s first onscreen Latino title hero in the Angel Manuel Soto-directed movie. Although fans were scared Blue Beetle would become yet another victim of Warner Bros. Discovery’s restructuring, everything seems to point towards its release happening as planned.

Blue Beetle is currently set to premiere August 18, 2023.


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Francisca is a pop culture enthusiast and film expert. Her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences from Nova University in Portugal and Master's Degree in Film Studies from Oxford Brookes University in the UK have allowed her to combine her love for writing with her love for the movies. She has been a freelance writer and content creator for five years, working in both the English and Portuguese languages for various platforms, including WGTC.