Dave Bautista has gotten pretty far along from his Batista days, and is considered to have one of the best career transitions from wrestler to actor by some critics. With Bautista closing the book on Drax for the MCU, it looks like he’ll be joining director James Gunn for a spot in his new DCU.
Bautista posted on his social media (via @homeofdcu):
Dave Bautista took a picture at DC Studios and posted it on his story. 👀 pic.twitter.com/gejpiWNLSr
— Home of DCU (@homeofdcu) November 28, 2023
While it’s not official confirmation, Gunn does have a penchant for casting his friends in his projects, just look at Michael Rooker and his brother Sean Gunn who have both had roles in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise as well as Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
Going back to Bautista though, fans are definitely onboard for him to join the DCU as a specific character. Though a lot of fans do think that he can pull off another heavy bruiser character like Batman rogue Bane, a lot are hoping that Gunn has the sense to cast him in a more intellectual role—like lesser known Batman villain Hugo Strange.
After his role in M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin, Bautista has definitely proven that he can play very quiet and emotional characters. My only requirement for Bautista for joining the DCU is that he bring back those tiny glasses he wore in Blade Runner 2049:
So far, nothing official has been confirmed, but fans are hopeful Gunn makes good use of great talent; the same can’t be said for Marvel who has squandered good castings like Mads Mikkelsen in Doctor Strange or Andy Serkis in Black Panther.