Blue Beetle has the potential to become the next mainstream superhero as he is already popular in the comics and he looks cool enough to attract casual fans as well. However, there is a problem. Warner Brothers have had a string of disasters, including the shenanigans that happened with Black Adam, the cancellation of Batgirl, and all the drama going on with DCU. These events could turn the upcoming projects into collateral damage. Additionally, the personal lives of actors have also alienated fans, as Amber Heard and Ezra Miller’s recent controversies put the future of The Flash and Aquaman in peril.
While I loved Shazam! Fury of the Gods, its failed spin-off, and lack of promotion disappointed me. The events that happened with Warner Brothers, DC, and HBO also upset many fans. I have talked to fans who wanted to watch the movie but didn’t bother because they feel like the franchise has an uncertain future due to DCU. Although we were supposed to have a movie where Shazam finally meets Black Adam, it won’t happen anymore.
Fans felt like Shazam had no future because Black Adam failed to break even, DCU is rebooting, and the kids grew up too fast. The superhero concept of little children having the ability to turn into powerful adult versions works better with a TV show than a movie. The villains they used don’t exist in the comics, so it felt like filler. If Black Adam had a lower budget, and they used an actor with less ego for creative control, Shazam would be in a better place.
Originally planned for HBO Max, Blue Beetle is now being promoted in theaters. It will be the first DC superhero film with a Latino lead.
Blue Beetle’s trailer shows a lot of potential. DC better have the confidence to market it.
Jaime Reyes(Xolo Maridueña) is about to go home to his family in Palmera City. He graduated and returned home to a joyful family who is proud of him. A woman in a hurry asked him to bring a burger box home. Shady characters followed her, forcing her to leave suddenly. Upon arriving home, he opened the burger box, which revealed an ancient Scarab that transformed him into Blue Beetle when he touched it. His family became aware of his secret identity. The Scarab is a dangerous artifact that could destroy the world in the wrong hands. Now, he bears the responsibility of saving the world and his family. We will know the fate of this movie’s box office this August 18, 2023.