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‘Blue Beetle’ Animated Series Takes Flight At Warner Bros. Animation & DC Studios

Warner Bros. Discovery is set to expand its superhero portfolio with an animated series based on the DC Comics character Blue Beetle, Deadline reports. This new venture follows the 2023 feature film which introduced audiences to Xolo Maridueña as Jaime Reyes, the young protagonist who transforms into the Blue Beetle after an alien Scarab attaches to his body.

The series is being developed by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Studios and aims to build on the narrative established in the recent live-action film. Miguel Puga, known for his work on Nickelodeon’s The Casagrandes, has been appointed as the showrunner and director of the animated project. Joining him in the creative team is Cristian Martinez, notable for his scriptwriting on Good Trouble and The Fosters, who will pen the series.

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The film’s creative duo, writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer and director Angel Manuel Soto, are also involved, serving as executive producers alongside John Ricard and Galen Vaisman, with Vaisman overseeing the series for DC Studios.

The animated series is envisioned as a direct continuation of the Blue Beetle movie, offering further exploration of Jaime Reyes’ adventures. The movie, initially intended for release on the streaming platform Max, was later shifted to a theatrical debut, reflecting Warner Bros. Discovery’s confidence in the franchise. Despite its moderate box office performance, grossing US$130.8 million worldwide (the lowest among DC Extended Universe films), the character of Blue Beetle is slated to play a significant role in the newly restructured DC Universe.

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As of now, there is no confirmation on whether Maridueña or other cast members from the film will voice their characters in the animated series. The casting details and the series’ release platform remain undisclosed, though Warner Bros. Discovery’s Max is considered a probable home for the series.

This move is part of a broader strategy under the new leadership of James Gunn and Peter Safran at DC Studios, aiming to integrate and expand the DC Universe across multiple media platforms. Fans of the franchise can look forward to a fresh take on Blue Beetle’s story, promising new adventures and deeper dives into the character’s legacy within the DC Universe.