After a Twitter comment from DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns set off a wave of posts across the comics blogosphere, today the company revealed images from test footage of the third Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes transforming from teenager to alien-powered superhero on their The Source blog. Johns described the images as “a live action screen test of Blue Beetle transforming and something we’re using in the hopes of bringing him to the small screen.
“I feel very fortunate to have been a part of Blue Beetle’s introduction way back in ‘Infinite Crisis,'” the writer continued. “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. We still have a long way to go to see if we can get this off the ground and a lot of people to jump on board…but check out some stills.”
Johns went on to describe he and DC Entertainment Diane Nelson’s plans for the all-new Aqualad who he said will debut in “Brightest Day” #4 before joining the cast of Cartoon Network’s “Young Justice” animated series. “When we first meet Aqualad in ‘Brightest Day,’ he’s Jackson Hyde. An average student, with an on-and-off girlfriend, that’s pretty bored in New Mexico. Since he was young, he’s been taught by his parents to fear water…they don’t want him near it because his true parents would be able to locate him. Not to mention certain changes happen to Jackson when he gets in the water.
“Jackson has kept this secret hidden for years, lying to his girlfriend about being afraid of drowning, being unable to swim and being in the dark about the mysterious tattoos he’s had since birth. He’s done his best to avoid it. But soon something’s going to force him out into the open and dive into the water.
“Obviously, this all ties into the larger Aquaman and Mera story within ‘Brightest Day,’ but Jackson’s adventures will also be seen in the ‘Young Justice’ animated series this fall along with more DC characters than you could imagine.”
Finally, Johns spoke on seeing actor Mark Strong play Sinestro in the upcoming “Green Lantern” movie, saying “I can say with confidence, however, if you like Sinestro you’re going to love Mark Strong as Sinestro. Powerful, regal, intimidating. Mark clearly has done his research and embraced every aspect of what makes Sinestro one of the greatest, most complex characters within the vast, epic universe of the Green Lantern Corps.”
For more info from Johns, check out The Source, and keep it locked to CBR for any new news on the proposed. “Blue Beetle” live action series.