blue beetle is shaping up to be one of the longest DC Extended Universe entries to date.
Big Screen Leaks (BSL) shared the news on Twitter, saying the current reduction in blue beetle seat about 2 hours and 45 minutes. The insider also mentions that the movie’s massive runtime is subject to change as it’s still in post-production. As it is, blue beetlelength is second only to Zack Snyder’s Justice Leaguewhich ran for 4 hours and 2 minutes, and the longest of any theatrically released DCEU project.
blue beetleThe oversized length of may surprise some fans, given that Warner Bros., which had yet to merge with Discovery, originally conceived the film as a straight-to-stream feature for HBO Max in 2018. The studio gave the project a theatrical release in December 2021 before the cameras even start rolling. Principal photography began in May 2022 and lasted nearly two months, ending in July.
Following several canceled projects at HBO Max, including bat girlmany have wondered if blue beetle would soon follow suit. However, only a few days after bat girlTermination of, Warner Bros. Discovery confirmed blue beetle was still moving forward and aimed for a theatrical release. Director Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) recently said the film has the studio’s “full support”.
Produced by John Rickard (Peacemaker) and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala), blue beetle stars Xolo Maridueña as Jaime Reyes, a high school student who becomes the titular superhero after discovering an alien artifact. The Cobra Kai star is joined by Bruna Marquezine, George Lopez, Raoul Trujillo and several others. Susan Sarandon plays Victoria Kord, the film’s central antagonist, having taken over the role from Sharon Stone in April 2022.
Little is known about Victoria Kord, who was created solely for the blue beetle film, although the character shares the same last name as Ted Kord, the second Blue Beetle and owner of research and development company Kord Industries in the DC Universe. Sarandon recently revealed that Victoria represents “the white military-industrial complex”, suggesting that she will be an arms contractor linked to Kord Industries.
blue beetle isn’t just the first Latino-led superhero film for Warner Bros. Discovery and the DCEU, but also for the film industry as a whole. The cast is made up almost exclusively of Latin performers and will feature subtitles during scenes spoken in Spanish. In September, Maridueña said he hoped the film would advance representation and increase opportunities for Latino actors to play authentic heroes of the big screen.
blue beetle hits theaters on August 18, 2023.