Live-Action ‘Blue Beetle’ Screen Test [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 11th, 2013 at 4:14 am,

[Update: We now have video of the live-action Blue Beetle screen test!]

Geoff Johns has a pretty spectacular job. As Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics, he works with Warner Bros. to develop projects based on DC characters for film, television, and every other form of media.

On the company’s official blog, The Source, Johns recently revealed images from a live-action Blue Beetle screen test and explained:

“I feel very fortunate to have been a part of Blue Beetle’s introduction way back in INFINITE CRISIS. I’ve said it before, but thanks to the BLUE BEETLE series launched by Keith Giffen and John Rogers with a great design by Cully Hamner, Jaime Reyes rocks. Great character, great story, great look. He’s already appeared in animation, had action figures and right now he’s on my computer in live-action glory. I have an early special effects test that has been floating around of what his armored scarab-suit could look like. This isn’t final. This isn’t greenlit. It’s only a test that was done.”

Check out a few of the images below:


You can head over to The Source to see the rest.

Update: Check out this video clip of the live-action Blue Beetle - it’s featured as part of the demo reel for animator/effects guy, “Scaddude” so keep your eyes peeled:

Johns clarifies that this is “something we’re using in the hopes of bringing him to the small screen” and that the full clip will be shown at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

While the costume is true to the current incarnation of the character, I think it loses something in the translation. I’m not saying it’s awful, just that it wouldn’t look out of place as the villain in a Power Rangers episode.  However, it’s obviously only a screen test and could evolve significantly if plans for a live-action Blue Beetle show or movie proceed.

What do you think of the costume and plans to bring a live-action Blue Beetle to the small screen?

Source: The Source.

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  1. I haven’t caught up on the Blue Beatle since the late 80′s Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis incarnation of JLA / JLI.

    This certainly looks different but cool nonetheless.

  2. GAH… while I didnt mind this Blue Beatle… Ted Kord rocks…. I would just LOVE to see someone take the history of BB through its course. Show how the character evolved.

    Granted you would ahve to mix the JLA in but hey I heard rumors there is a movie coming out of them… ;)

  3. Saw the images the other day. Looks pretty cool for just test images. If they actually do go to series i wonder how it will be. I wish dc the best of luck for getting it to happen.

  4. If they can capture the fun of the comic (which relies pretty heavily upon Blue Beetle’s friends and family), I think this will be a great show.

  5. I smell Smallville spin off.

  6. could be a spin off in smallville universe or it could be its own thing like the dc comics human target show on fox. We have no clue what target demo they are going to go for. What the show’s budget will be. Then of course what network it would air on(like fox, cw, syfy, etc…..)

  7. It looks pretty awesome even for just a test. I’m curious to see what happens with it.

  8. its looks good could be better though. I think hes one of those underappericiated underrated superheroes

  9. doesn’t look bad. But I hope its not as bad as Smallville. All DC live action TV series have been c-movie bad. Casting sitcom stars and teen heart throbs.

    The CGI should make it more believable than the JSA in Smallville. Just a bunch of poorly dressed cosplayers.

  10. Naw, I have seen the blue beetle in Batman the brave and the bold, it explained the story behind him and all. nope- another Gekk/nerd kid gets amazing gimzo/suit and becomes a superhero.

    I liked the old blue beetle from the 80/90`r regular guy with his own tech – Rich dude becomes superhero, but all the cool names are taken – so he is Blue Beetle, classic