We’ve had a better look at Blue Beetle, the upcoming DCEU movie that appears almost ready to defy the dim expectations that have lately been attached to the soon-to-be-finished franchise.
Everyone will be rooting for Blue Beetle, including the new DC Universe head James Gunn since it has that special charm that every comic book movie needs, the distinction of being the first Latino-led superhero movie, and a protagonist who is one of DC’s most distinctive characters.
Young Jaime Reyes, the conduit of the Blue Beetle Scarab and the movie’s protagonist, will have to deal with some criminal players, as is customary for a comic book movie, in addition to the usual hardships that come with a young adult suddenly gaining superpowers, such as learning how to use them and handling your family’s involvement in your newfound problem.
One is Carapax, the Indestructible Man, a longstanding foe of former Blue Beetle Ted Kord. Still, according to the trailer, Victoria Kord, the CEO of Kord Industries, is at the top of this specific food chain and is prepared to use any means necessary to pull the Scarab out of Jaime’s back.
So who is Victoria Kord, exactly? And why does she qualify as one of the DCEU’s most perplexing villains ever? Here is everything you need to know about Victoria Kord, the bad guy in Blue Beetle.
Who is the Villain in Blue Beetle?
Victoria Kord is connected to the Ted above Kord, who succeeded Dan Garrett as the first person to wear the Blue Beetle moniker, as one can infer from the third paragraph. She is Ted’s older sister and the CEO of Kord Industries today, much like in the movie.
Victoria’s debut in a DC Comics publication was in Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #2, where she meets Jaime through Ted, and the two seem to get along well. Yet, in succeeding editions, readers quickly discovered her actual nature.
She specifically intended to gather and confine every Scarab, including the Blue Beetle, Yellow Beetle, and Green Beetle, study them, and then use what she learned to save humanity. We all know by now that millionaires are utterly devoid of reality, so we assume that her vision of helping humanity isn’t exactly as comprehensive as she believes it is.
It is safe to infer that she will play a similar role in the movie. However, it is certainly conceivable that her motivations could alter slightly due to her more intimate relationship with the Blue Beetle’s Scarab, thanks to her brother, and the absence of other Beetles in the trailer.
And since Victoria only recently made her DC Comics debut, Graduation Day is the only reference we have to go on, making everything else a fairly safe bet. The first issue of the Graduation Day line was released in November 2022, while Victoria made its debut a month later, in December 2022, with the second issue’s publication.
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Victoria Kord thus possesses the infinitely rare distinction of being a character that started in a DC movie and was later adapted for comic books. After all, she was developed for the movie long before Graduation Day’s second issue. Even before Victoria debuted her comic book in April 2022, Susan Sarandon was cast in the lead.
This also implies that we saw the character’s adaptation before the original, giving Victoria Kord some of the most puzzling, contradictory canon nuances we would ever see from a comic book character. When Blue Beetle debuts in theaters on August 18, everyone will witness how the two interpretations of the character compare.
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