As Blue Beetle Trailer Backlash Continues, James Gunn Says the First DC Studios Project isn’t Xolo Maridueña Movie

As Blue Beetle Trailer Backlash Continues, James Gunn Says the First DC Studios Project isn't Xolo Maridueña Movie

James Gunn and Peter Safran have been working on the new DCU since the duo took over as co-CEOs at DC Studios. They have announced the initial projects under the first chapter, Gods & Monsters. While some of the DC fans are not very pleased with some of his decisions regarding the new DCU, many are looking forward to future projects. It also includes the upcoming movie Blue Beetle starring Xolo Maridueña in the title character.

Blue Beetle
Blue Beetle (Credit: WB)

However, the co-CEO has recently confirmed that Blue Beetle would not be the first DC Studios project. He has revealed that the animated series Creatures Commandoes would be the first project under the studio and Superman: Legacy will be the first movie released under DC Studios.

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James Gunn Confirms the First DC Studios’ Project

In October 2022, James Gunn and Peter Safran were named the new co-CEOs of a newly found division at Warner Bros. called DC Studios. Taking over the former DC Films head Walter Hamada, the duo was set to take control of DC projects along with TV and animation shows.

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James Gunn at an event
James Gunn (Via Google)

The duo announced their plan for the future of DCU earlier this year in the form of the first chapter called Gods & Monsters. Considering the same, Gunn has recently confirmed that Blue Beetle would not be the first project under DC Studios, as it went into production under DC Films. The filmmaker recently confirmed the same on Threads.

The Super director mentioned that the “first DC Studios movie is Superman: Legacy (the first DC Studios project is the animated TV show Creature Commandos.” While Gunn has said that Blue Beetle would not be the first DC Studios movie, he has also stated that Xolo Maridueña‘s character would continue under the new DCU.

Blue Beetle (2023)
Blue Beetle (2023) (Credit: WB)

He said that Blue Beetle is the first DCU character, but the 2023 feature of the superhero is not the first DC Studios film. “Yes. Blue Beetle (played by the wonderful @xolo_mariduena) & a handful of other characters will continue in the DCU,” he said in his statement.

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Blue Beetle Director is Planning a Trilogy

Until a few days ago, it was not clear if Xolo Maridueña’s Blue Beetle would continue under James Gunn’s DCU or end his journey with the 2023 feature. However, the filmmaker and the co-CEO of the studio have confirmed that the superhero will continue his journey under the new DCU.

Xolo Maridueña as Jamie Reyes in a still from Blue Beetle
Xolo Maridueña in Blue Beetle (2023)

However, it is still not clear if the upcoming movie will take place under Gunn’s DCU or fall under DC Elseworlds. The director of the 2023 movie, Angel Manuel Soto, has said that he is planning for a Blue Beetle trilogy in the future.

“Our first movie, the way we wanted to do it, was always with the mentality that we wanted to do two more, at least,” he said during a recent interview. Soto also said that he plans to follow the “traditional three-act structure of a story,” and the upcoming movie would serve as the first act of the trilogy.

Blue Beetle is set to release on August 18, 2023.

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Source: Threads

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