The Blue Beetle, also known as Dr. Daniel Garrett, achieved his powers from a mystical scarab amulet found in the tomb of the Pharaoh Kha-ef-re. When he uttered the words “Kaji Dha,” he was granted superpowers, the ability to fly, superstrength, and the ability to shoot energy from his fingertips. Donning chain-mail armor impervious to bullets, Garrett called himself the Blue Beetle.
This is not the film the Coen Brothers would direct.
Rather, the dynamic duo would focus their attention on the story of the SECOND Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, an archaeology student studying under Garrett. Garrett, now in old age, attempts to give the mystical amulet to his colleague and protégé to carry on his legacy , but before he can, he and the amulet are buried by piles of rubble on Pago Island, and he dies. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. Ted decides to use his inventiveness to become the second Blue Beetle despite having no amulet. He trains himself in several fighting styles, and develops an arsenal of non-lethal weapons. He has no superpowers, and has to constantly work hard to keep himself in shape.
This is the perfect superhero movie for the Coen brothers for a number of reasons.
Firstly, the Coens never veer far from the world of realism. Any superhero that they decide to take on, I personally feel, would have to maintain some realism. Make it a movie about regular people who need to work out and stay fit to remain superheros. My second argument: Absurdism. The Coens LOVE that shit! And I feel like they would love dealing with a hero who is grappling with the fact that he SHOULD have had superpowers, but doesn’t and has to continue anyways. Third, Michael Stuhlbarg is perfect for this part. Plain and simple.
For Your Consideration: The Blue Beetle, directed by the Coen Brothers.
– Daniel Perea