DC Entertainment’s Blue Beetle film will not premiere in theaters and will debut on HBO Max instead.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros., which owns the comic company and all its characters, will release multiple mid-budget movies, such as Batgirl and Blue Beetle, on the streaming service. Its larger tentpoles — Aquaman 2, The Batman, Black Adam — will remain theatrical exclusives.
Blue Beetle was announced in November 2018, with Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer attached to write the script. Angel Manuel Soto was recently confirmed as director, although no actors are signed on to the project. While there have been three versions of Blue Beetle, this film will focus on the most recent iteration of the character: Jaime Reyes.
“It is an honor to direct Blue Beetle, the first Latino superhero film for DC,” Soto said after he was announced as director. “I want 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.” Production is expected to begin in the fall.