Angel Manuel Soto to Direct ‘Blue Beetle’ Latino Superhero Movie for DC

“Charm City Kings” director Angel Manuel Soto is ready to direct “Blue Beetle,” DC Films and Warner Bros.’ first superhero film starring a Latino character, people with information of the mission solely tells TheWrap.
The screenplay is from Mexican-born author Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who wrote Universal’s “Scarface” remake and Sony’s “Miss Bala.”
In DC Comics, Blue Beetle is the superhero alter ego utilized by three totally different heroes, however the movie will give attention to Mexican-American teenager Jaime Reyes, the third character to assume the Blue Beetle mantle.
“It is an honor to direct Blue Beetle, the primary Latino superhero movie for DC,” mentioned Soto in an announcement to TheWrap. “I would like to sincerely thank everybody at Warner Bros. and DC for trusting me to deliver Jaime Reyes to life. I can’t wait to make historical past collectively.”
The movie is eyeing a fall manufacturing begin, with Zev Foreman executive-producing for Warner Bros.
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Blue Beetle was created by Charles Wojtkowski for Fox Comics in 1939 because the alter ego of Dan Garrett, a police officer who makes use of experimental nutritional vitamins to develop tremendous powers. After Fox went out of enterprise within the Fifties, Charlton Comics obtained rights to Blue Beetle and reimagined Garrett as an archaeologist who receives his powers from historical Egyptian know-how. In 1966 Charlton launched the character Ted Kord, an athlete and inventor created by legendary comics author Steve Ditko, as a brand new model of the hero.
Charlton went out of enterprise within the early Eighties and its characters have been purchased by DC Comics, which launched them into the mainstream DC Universe after the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover occasion. Ted Kord remained as Blue Beetle in the course of the transition and notably served as Alan Moore’s inspiration for the character Nite Owl in “Watchmen.”
Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner in 2006, Jaime Reyes was launched in the course of the “Infinite Crisis’ crossover occasion forward the launch of a brand new “Blue Beetle” in May 2006. In distinction to Kord and Garrett, Reyes is a working class El Paso teenager devoted to his household and with no connections to superheroes prior to receiving his powers.
Jaime Reyes found the Blue Beetle scarab on the way in which dwelling from faculty with two of his finest buddies Paco and Brenda, half-buried in a disused lot. Reyes took the scarab dwelling, curious as to what it is perhaps. That night time, the scarab got here alive, and grafted itself to the bottom of Jaime’s backbone, and offered him with a swimsuit of extraterrestrial armor which will be modified to improve his pace and energy, in addition to to create weapons, wings and shields.
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Angel Manuel Soto (Getty Images)
While DC has had Latino characters in its film universe, (Jay Hernandez as El Diablo in “Suicide Squad,” and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya in “Birds of Prey”), this would be the first stand-alone title to function a Latino lead.
According to the MPAA, in 2017, Hispanic/Latino audiences had the best per-capita attendance on the films, going to the film a mean of 4.5 instances a 12 months. Latinos make up 18 p.c of the inhabitants, they usually purchase 24 p.c of the film tickets offered within the United States. It can be price noting, superhero films have a tendency to draw probably the most numerous audiences as Latinos made up 22 p.c of the viewers for “Wonder Woman” and 21 p.c of the viewers for “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
A local of Puerto Rico, Soto found soccer and boxing at an early age, which impressed his first movie “El Pugil,” a homage to the children he had grown up with and the ability of sports activities in economically repressed communities. Angel pursued his curiosity in artwork, learning structure and ultimately documentary filmmaking and writing. He started his profession in leisure as a TV producer and later targeted on Art Direction at a neighborhood promoting company.
He made his function directorial debut with “La Granja” (The Farm) which sheds a thought scary mild on the robust realities dealing with the folks of Puerto Rico. He went on to create a number of groundbreaking narrative VR items reminiscent of “Dinner Party” and “Bashir’s Dream” which have premiered to essential success at festivals. More not too long ago, Angel directed the Award Winning Sundance 2020 darling “Charm City Kings,” which is now streaming on HBO Max. He’s in growth on a number of options arrange at varied studios, in addition to a TV collection.
Angel Manuel Soto is repped by CAA and supervisor Jairo Alvarado at Redefine Entertainment.

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