From ‘Batgirl’ to ‘Blue Beetle,’ these 2022 superhero films will feature Latinx leads

Behind the scenes, Latinx artists and writers have helped create some of the most iconic comic book characters. But there is still a lack of on-screen representation when it comes to the Latinx community and the “big two,” aka Marvel and DC.

“Combined, there are possibly close to 30,000 characters, heroes and villains at both Marvel and DC,” Edgardo Miranda-Rodrigeuz, creator of the graphic novel La Borinqueña, told Teen Vogue in 2019. “Of that, there probably are about 3% that are Latinx.”

The first Latinx superhero, White Tiger, was introduced by Marvel in 1975 — almost 40 years after the first superhero, The Phantom, was ever created.

While Latinx readers have seen themselves in independent graphic novels and comics, it’s about time for Latinx leads to star in mainstream superhero films — and the lineup for 2022’s upcoming releases promises a lot more Latinx representation.

Who’s been cast in upcoming Latinx superhero roles?

Sasha Calle has been cast in the feature role of Supergirl, who will debut in DC Universe’s The Flash in November 2022. Calle is a Colombian actress and is the first Latina Supergirl ever. She beat out over 425 actresses for the role.

In July 2021, it was announced that Leslie Grace would play Batgirl in DC’s upcoming HBO Max movie. Grace is Afro-Latina and is best known for her role in In The Heights.

“It is my honor to be your new Batgirl,” Grace wrote on Instagram.

Xolo Maridueña is the lead of the upcoming Blue Beetle movie, marking the big-screen debut of the Mexican American superhero. Angel Manuel Soto will be the film’s director.

“I am beyond grateful to be able to fill in these enormous shoes as one of the first Latino Superheroes on the big screen,” Maridueña posted. “Also, huge congrats to Leslie on getting cast as Batgirl, LET’S GO OUT AND SUPPORT THESE MOVIES. THIS MOVIE IS GONNA BE FOR THE WORLD.”

Xochitl Gomez will be playing Marvel’s first queer Latina superhero, America Chavez, in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness movie.

“Can’t wait for y’all to meet her!” Gomez wrote on Instagram following the announcement.

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