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Cosmic Circle Ep. 38: ‘Blue Beetle’ Movie Discussion (Spoilers)

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Xolo Maridueña stars as the scarab-tactic superhero Blue Beetle, which buzzed onto the big screen this past weekend. Blue Beetle, directed by Ángel Manuel Soto and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, is the first live-action comic book film with a Hispanic lead. The long-anticipated picture is the third DC Studios release this year after Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash.

It’s all about family in The Fast and the… er… Blue Beetle, and on this episode of The Cosmic Circle, we are joined by some fantastic family members. Writers Anthony Flagg and Wiktor Reinfuss swarmed in for our chat about the celestial scarab-powered superhero Jaime Reyes.

We talked about the movie’s meaning on a cultural level, our favorite parts, including the charming and talented Xolo Maridueña, and our thoughts on the nefarious Victoria Kord, portrayed by screen legend Susan Sarandon. We even talked about that mid-credits scene and whether or not Jason Sudeikis really is Ted Kord.

And dear listeners, you won’t want to miss our discussion of just how many times Wiktor has seen The Flash. So whether you’re a lifelong DC Comics fan or someone who’s just getting into the world of DC after James Gunn took over the studio, this podcast is for you.

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[Warning: Spoilers from Blue Beetle are within the podcast! Avert your eyes and return to Gotham, Central City or Metropolis lest you be spoiled. ]

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Ep. 38 Timestamps: Blue Beetle movie discussion (Spoilers)

00:18 – Intros

01:35 – Initial impressions on Blue Beetle

16:40 – Ranking the DC films in 2023

21:05 – Favorite parts of Blue Beetle

28:00 – What could they have done better?

35:15 – Cultural references in the Blue Beetle movie

44:00 – DC Universe references

45:00 – Harvey Guillén and a What We Do in the Shadows reference. Misnaming people and other forms of disrespect depicted in the film.

47:30 – More on Latino references and the importance of family in the film. 

51:05 – Blue Beetle box office thoughts

58:40 – Was that really Jason Sudeikis?!

01:01:10 – Should there be a Blue Beetle 2?

01:03:50 – Outros

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Podcast credits and show notes

  • Ayla Ruby
  • Anthony Flagg
  • Wiktor Reinfuss
Executive Producer/Editor
  • Lizzie Hill

Recorded on 08/21/2023

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Ayla Ruby

I am a writer and interviewer based somewhere in the Alpha Quadrant. I love all things nerdy - but Star Trek and Spiderman have special places in my heart. Find me at @TulinWrites on Twitter. And visit my other website for more reviews and interviews:

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