The first DC Studios film in the superhero genre to feature a Latin American director, writer and cast without publicly endorsing its heroes has been backed by 27 Latino organizations in Hollywood.
Strikes by actors (SAG-AFTRA) and writers (WGA) in Hollywood affect not only production, but marketing as well, as union mandates prevent actors from promoting works in which they have participated.
It’s a blow to the campaigns behind new releases, especially in cinema, and one of those films that is close to heading down that path. blue beetleWill be released on 18 August.
The film by DC Studios and The Safran Company is the first of the superhero genre to feature a director (Angel Manuel Soto), a writer (Gareth Dunnett-Alcocer) and a Latin American cast (Zolo Maridueña, among others).
Seeking to support its release, 27 Hollywood Latino organizations have signed an open letter that stresses the importance of the film: “Stories are much more than entertainment. They are a powerful tool for social change that fuels our collective movement to create a more equitable and just world for those who have historically been disadvantaged or marginalized.”
“We were feeling particularly optimistic about this summer. We were nearing a turning point for Latino representation, as we saw the return of some of our favorite shows and characters, the launch of exciting new series, and prepared for an unprecedented moment on the big screen: the first directed superhero film. Written by and starring people of Latino descent. We hoped that our long-awaited cultural moment was finally arriving, the letter said.
“For the sake of present and future generations of Latinos, we will not delay our progress any longer. We invite you to join us in our quest to amplify the work that countless Latino artists have worked so hard to create. It is important that we support them at a time when they cannot promote their projects”, the text invites.