DC Film’s Blue Beetle has found its villain as Academy Award Susan Sarandon has been cast to play Victoria Kord.
Revealed by The Wrap, the character has been created for the movie, but if you know your DC comics and especially the history of Blue Beetle, then the Kord name is significant as Ted Kord was the second and most well-known version of the superhero.
So it’s unknown if Victoria will be a sister or if we see Ted involved in the film at some point.
Originally Shannon Stone was in talks to play the role before those broke down. Still, given the Hollywood icon status of both Stone and Sarandon, Warner Bros and the film’s director Angel Manuel Soto wanted to go big for this new character.
It’s understandable as this will be DC’s first Latino led superhero with breakout Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña will lead as Jaime Reyes, aka Blue Beetle. The importance of the project is shown with Sarandon being the only non-Latino/ Latin-American member of the cast.
Which includes George Lopez, Adrian Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damián Alcázar, Belissa Escobedo, Harvey Guillén and Bruna Marquezine, who could be the breakout star of this movie alongside Xolo. Furthermore, Mayans M.C’s Raoul Max Trujillo will be the film’s other villain as Carapax the Indestructible Man.
The importance continues behind the scenes as Soto, who directed Charm City Kings, comes from Puerto Rico. The screenplay is coming from Mexican writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, a name you’ll hear more from as he wrote Sony’s Miss Bala and the Scarface remake for Universal.
Blue Beetle is set to be released in cinemas on August 18, 2023.