Blue Beetle’s Official Final Trailer Breakdown: What We Learned About Jaime Reyes And His Arch-Nemesis
The 10 years reign of the DCEU on the big screen is coming to an end with a lot of hit and miss, with James Gunn and Peter Safran now at the helm to rebuild the whole universe from scratch. One of the DCEU’s last projects, The Flash, is struggling at the box office, which makes both DC and neutral fans remain very skeptical about the next title, Blue Beetle. However, the first two official trailers of the upcoming movie have shown some promising potential that makes the audience believes it would turn out for the better.
Following the footsteps of Jaime Reyes and his family to discover the power of the mysterious Scarab, Blue Beetle will feature the Cobra Kaibreakout star, Xolo Maridueña as the main character Jaime, along with other renowned actors such as Adriana Barraza, Damían Alcázar, and Susan Sarandon. Yesterday, the final trailer is released by DC on YouTube, giving us some further hindsight about the Young Justice hero in the comics. Let’s learn more about the movie in this article.
#1. You can watch the new trailer HERE.
People Also Read:
#2. The Scarab is sentient in a good way.
A tad bit different from the comics, in the two trailers, the Scarab acts more like a highly-intelligent AI system that frequently interacts and automatically assists the host in battle, with the voice of Becky G. Some fans even compare it to a more chaotic version of J.A.R.V.I.S, Iron Man’s AI assistant in the titular Marvel series. Others suggest that Jaime is more like Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in Homecoming, where the character was struggling at first to adapt to his new tech suit made by Stark.
More than just sentient, though, the Scarab even makes some snarky remarks about Jaime in the trailer, deeming him “overreacting” when flying across the ocean, and also automatically deploys a defensive mechanism to cut a crowded bus in halves. The alien and Jaime have some fun exchanges in the trailer, and we can expect to see even more of them in the final movie.
#3. The final trailer also reveals Blue Beetle’s arch-nemesis.
Of course, the bus isn’t the main villain of the movie. In the final trailer, we can finally see a glimpse of Blue Beetle’s adversary, who turns out to be Conrad Carapax, who’s also his nemesis in the comics. Making his comic debut in the first Blue Beetle story back in 1986, Conrad wields nearly identical power as the Scarab with his own advanced tech suit, which he accidentally merges himself into.
However, Conrad isn’t the only bad guy that Jaime must face in the movie. The real mastermind behind the events in the movie is Victoria Kord, the CEO of Kord Industries, who would stop at nothing to get her hand on the Scarab, as she believes it’s her rightful property. As the head of one of the biggest tech companies in the DC Universe, Victoria utilizes the most advanced technology, such as drones and exo suits in the trailer, to hunt down Jaime.
People Also Read:
#4. Jaime’s family will join the fight.
Unlike Spider-Man, who keeps his secret identity a secret to protect his loved ones, almost all family members of Jaime were presented when he was chosen by the Scarab. And, as every Latina family would, they stick up to him and even join the battle against Conrad and the Kord Industries to save their boy. At the end of the trailer, we even see Jaime’s nana wielding a huge machine gun and shooting at the enemies.
While most superheroes try to keep their loved ones away from battles, seeing a family join the fight along with their son is a refreshing scenario to look forward to.
#5. Is Blue Beetle a DCEU movie?
After The Flash which was released earlier this June, many believe that Blue Beetle is the last DCEU title, before the studio moves on with James Gunn universe. However, in a recent interview, the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy’s director addressed this matter, claiming the upcoming movie is part of the new DC Universe instead. “I mean, the first DCU character for sure is Blue Beetle and the first DCU movie is Superman,” said Gunn. This means, while Blue Beetle itself isn’t a DCU title, Jaime Reyes and the Scarab have secured their place as the first superhero of the new era.
“We are part of the universe, we are part of the world, we are part of the plans that they have been creating for the future installments of the DCU. But we are not tied to all the films from the past. Yes, our movie lives in a world where superheroes exist. But that doesn’t mean that a certain event, or certain alliance, or certain things from the past dictate where our film is going.” The film’s director, Angel Manuel Soto confirmed.
Blue Beetle will hit the theaters this August 17.