The 38-year-old filmmaker was recruited for DC’s first ever Latino superhero film. Blue Beetle first appeared in Fox Comics in 1939 and was created by Charles Wojtkowski.
The character jumped through various comic book publishers in the 20th century before landing in DC in the 1980s.
Soto’s project will focus on the youngest incarnation of the superhero, who was introduced in 2006 as a Mexican-American teenager, Jaime Reyes. His powers come from a scarab that ties itself to his spine and gives him a powerful suit of blue alien armor that can also equip him with bespoke weapons and wings.
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Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who drafted Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming ‘Scarface’ remake, is writing the script for the project, which is scheduled to start production this fall. Zev Foreman is Executive Producer at Warner Bros.
Soto previously made the 2015 film ‘La Granja’, an indie film about his life in his native Puerto Rico. He also directed Charm City Kings, which received a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival last year.
He told TheWrap.com, “It’s an honor to be directing Blue Beetle, the first Latin superhero film for DC.
“I would like to sincerely thank everyone at Warner Bros. and DC for trusting me to bring Jaime Reyes to life. I can’t wait to make history together. “