While “Blue Beetle” had a poor box office showing, it may still be redeemed in the eyes of many. Good reviews with a diverse cast are bound to help things, and it can always make more money through physical media sales. It could make all the difference in the future of the character, especially given how he’s always occupied a precarious place in the DC cinematic landscape.
Prior to the film’s release, James Gunn, who’s overseeing the new rebooted DC cinematic universe, mentioned, “The first DCU character for sure is Blue Beetle, and the first full DCU movie is ‘Superman: [Legacy].'” It’s a bit confusing, but it sounds like Gunn is open to continuing to use Xolo Maridueña’s take on the character in future movies that connect with new iterations of Superman and Batman.
“Blue Beetle” didn’t really connect to anything that had come before in the DC universe anyway, so it would be easy to just say he’s part of the new regime. On the other side of that coin, if there’s no clear interest from audiences in seeing more “Blue Beetle” movies, they could toss him aside for new endeavors. “Blue Beetle” already faces an uphill battle to getting more movies, but perhaps if enough people watch it on Max, it will increase interest, especially if they watch it in its first streaming week starting on November 17.