‘Blue Beetle’ Actor Xolo Maridueña Has Spoken With James Gunn About Future In DCU

This might come as a shock to you, but Blue Beetle star Xolo Maridueña hopes to be playing the character for a long time. I’ll wait for the shock to subside! The Cobra Kai actor makes his big screen debut in the superhero film, that was originally meant to be part of the DCEU, but will now exist in the new DCU led by James Gunn and Peter Safran.

However, things have been tough for DC Comics movies lately. Has that smothered any of the actor’s excitement for the future of Blue Beetle? Not at all!

“I want to do 12 more years of ‘Blue Beetle,’” Maridueña told EW.

If that’s going to happen, it’ll be up to the movie’s success at the box office and with fans. But more importantly, it’ll be up to Gunn and Safran. Maridueña confirms that he has already spoken to both about the future…

“Yeah, I have had the chance to speak with them. They’re really happy for our project and so excited for us to kick off what is to eventually become the next DCU. But with this movie, really what we wanted to highlight was Jaime’s story and the Reyes family’s story. I’m excited to see what they have in mind and how Blue Beetle and the rest of his family might loop into the rest. But my heart is already so fulfilled with this movie. If we do 20 of these movies and 40 cameos or if it’s just this one, what’s most exciting to me is the opportunity for people to see it and have little kids everywhere saying, ‘Oh my gosh, this guy looks like me. I can be a hero, too.’”

Blue Beetle opens in theaters on August 18th.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.