"Blue Beetle" emerges after "The Flash" falters, testing whether non-Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman DC heroes can shine.

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By Dipak Jaiswal             20 Aug 2023

The Latinx superhero's challenge lies in the film format, feeling more suited for Disney+ or CW than theaters.

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Family dynamics provide early emotional weight, but the story loses depth as it progresses.

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The central premise of a young man gaining powers through an alien artifact renders him a passive hero.

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Casting excels, led by Xolo Maridueña, but the movie faces steep competition post-"Shazam!" and "The Flash."

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Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña) inherits an alien artifact, bonding with it to become Blue Beetle.

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Direction by Angel Manuel Soto injects energy into action scenes, while cultural specificity adds value.

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However, the film struggles with pacing, focusing on small moments and competing in the streaming era.

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The evolving cinematic landscape challenges "Blue Beetle" to meet higher standards set by recent superhero hits.

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Despite potential, the movie falls short of overcoming hurdles, revealing the changing dynamics of the superhero genre.

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