Monday, 14 June 2010

Blue Beetle Live Action Show in Development!?!?!?!

I nearly peed myself when I found this out! LoL!

APPARENTLY there might be a Blue Beetle Live Action Show in Development!

Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment's recently appointed Chief Creative Officer - seemed to be very excited on his Twitter Account this morning about some developments for the DC Comics character the Blue Beetle.

Sspecifically the newest incarnation of the long-running character who first appeared way back in 1939 in "Mystery Men Comics" #1 (Golden Age Goodness).  In recent years, the scarab suit has been worn by teenager Jaime Reyes after Ted Kord, the Silver Age Blue Beetle, was murdered by Maxwell Lord.

According to Johns, it is the Reyes character that would be featured in a live action show, having been introduced on the animated "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" last year with plans to play a larger part on the show. The first stage of development in a live action show are recent tests to replicate how Reyes might activate his suit from the magical scarab that attached itself to his spine after Kord's death.

As Johns says on his Twitter feed - "BLUE BEETLE NEWS from DCE!! We have a live-action test of Jaime Reyes' scarab activating his suit. It. Is. Awesome."

"Blue Beetle's going to appear in most of the Brave and the Bold's this year and we're hoping to develop a live-action show. Fingers crossed!"

"If I can break it out of the vault, I'll bring it to SDCC. LIVE ACTION BLUE BEETLE!!"

Fans of one of the newest and youngest DC Comics characters certainly should be interested in the company's latest possible foray into live action television, following the success and popularity of "Smallville" and to a lesser degree the success of "Birds of Prey"  - who knows whether Johns will indeed be able to show those suit tests at Comic-Con this year and where that footage might show up if he does, but let us know what you think of a possible live action television show featuring Reyes as the Blue Beetle.

Just the ANTICIPATION of this sent me reeling!

The Golden Age Blue Beetle was Dan Garret, who was the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty.
The Fox Comics Version of the character started his career in Mystery Men Comics #1 of August 1939) and lasted for around 60 issues.

Rookie patrolman Garret donned a bulletproof costume - supposedly made of a chain-mail which was as thin and light as silk - and sporadically gaining superhuman strength from taking the "mysterious vitamin" 2-X.

 In the mid-1950s, Fox Comics went out of business and sold rights to the Blue Beetle to Charlton Comics.

Charlton published a few sporadic adventures of the Golden Age character before revamping the hero in 1964.

In Dan Garrett's revised origin, he was an archeologist who found a magical Egyptian artifact, resembling a scarab, which he used to fight crime.

Charlton tried three times to use the character to carry a self-titled series. Two of the attempts retained the numbering of a previous title. These also were eventually replaced with new titles that carried on the numbering.

The new series was somewhat short-lived, and in the pages of Captain Atom #83 in November 1966) - a new Blue Beetle was introduced - Ted Kord. Ted was a student of Dan Garrett's who took on the role when Garrett died.

Ted Kord was an inventor hero, using a variety of gadgets - this Beetle received his own series in 1967, but the entire Charlton "Action Heroes" line of comic books ceased publication in 1968; and With the rest of the Charlton line-up, he was sold to DC Comics in 1983 and appeared with several superhero groups - including the Justice League.

In 2006 DC introduced a new Blue Beetle - teenager Jaime Reyes whose powers are now derived directly from the scarab.

The scarab is now revealed as a piece of advanced alien technology - a sort of "Guyver" like Technological suit.

Whilst OBVIOUSLY I would love to see Golden Age Hero's in a Live-Action Format - the news of a possible modern-age Blue Beetle show is great news!

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