Happy Thursday everyone! A few days ago, we’ve learned that Xolo Mariduena from Cobra Kai will be playing the one and only Jamie Reyes in the upcoming Blue Beetle film. This is huge as this will be the characters first time being in a live-action medium. In recent years he’s appeared in the hit cartoon series Young Justice along with Batman: The Brave and The Bold. So as a fan of Jamie, it’s nice to see him finally get the props he deserves by getting a film treatment. This film will exclusively be on HBO Max but I wouldn’t rule out a theater run.
To quote Mariduena initial thoughts once he found out he was cast as Jamie.
“The only thing that is on my mind right now is just the fact that he’s Latino. I have so much pride in getting to be a part of this project with Angel, someone like him,” he said. “I think it’s so important, and I don’t want to stand on the soapbox for too long but representation is so important.”
Reading that I couldn’t be happier to see that was his response. I’ve always advocated for more representation when it comes to BIPOC. Especially when we have the characters that would mean the world to see on the big or small screen. So I’m happy because when I was growing up characters like Zack from Power Rangers and Virgil from Static Shock meant the entire world to me growing up as a child. So knowing Latinx people will get their time with Blue Beetle. I’m excited to show up and support this film.