Instead of being an HBO Max exclusive, the upcoming DC movie Blue Beetle will now be heading straight-to-theaters in the fall of 2023.
The DC film from director Angel Manuel Sota stars Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña in the lead role as Jaime Reyes, a young teenager who discovers an alien scarab that bonds to his body. While Blue Beetle didn’t previously have an HBO Max release date, a shift to the Warner Bros. film slate has brought with it details on the superhero flick exiting the streaming wars for a big-screen release. Blue Beetle now has a premiere date of August 18, 2023.
This puts Blue Beetle as one of the last DC films to land in theaters that year, following Shazam! Fury of the Gods on June 2, 2023. It joins a long list of future DC branded movies, as the studio prepares to release many of them across theaters and HBO Max.
Other films scheduled to premiere on HBO Max include Batgirl starring Leslie Grace and Black Canary starring Jurnee Smollett reprising her Birds of Prey role. This is in addition to a group of television series such as Peacemaker, Constantine, Justice League Dark, Zatanna, Madame X, and a Black Superman event series possibly featuring Val-Zod. So far, every DC HBO Max series except for Peacemaker and Val-Zod points to a Justice League Dark connected universe from J.J. Abrams.