While Dave Bautista’s tenure as Drax in the MCU is drawing to a close, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn may have a role in the new DC Universe lined up for the actor (DCU). Before James Gunn departs Marvel to take a job as co-CEO of DC Studios, the current Guardians squad will have their final outing together in this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. It’s also anticipated that at least one of the film’s key actors will perish at the end of the narrative; many believe Dave Bautista won’t reprise his role as Drax after this year.
Gunn has already stated that the Guardians cast will have a home in the DCU, mentioning Bautista in particular for a potential role with other co-stars like Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldaa. Now that Gunn’s designs for the new DCU are taking shape, Bautista has expressed his own aspirations to see that concept come to pass.
Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista joined the Phase Zero Podcast from ComicBook.com and discussed director James Gunn’s transfer to the DC Universe as he accepts the position of DC Studios co-CEO. Although Bautista doesn’t like the thought of ringing up his old director and inquiring about a prospective job right away, host Brandon Davis wondered whether he would talk to Gunn about a DC role.
Davis: “Your boy, James Gunn. He’s going over to DC. Have you talked at all about– I know he wants to bring some familiar faces. Would you talk to him about that?”
Bautista: “I would talk to him about that. But, I haven’t. No, I haven’t. And I definitely don’t want to be that guy. I was afraid of being that guy. Like I didn’t want to be the guy calling him up and saying, ‘Hey, congratulations. So, now that you’re at DC, so what’s gonna–’ You know, I was afraid that he would think that that’s what that call was about… I have talked to him since then, but it was really concerning Guardians 3 and not… I won’t bring up DC.
Even though Bautista’s career is now flourishing, he made it plain that, should Gunn call, he “would love to be a part of the DC universe”:
“If there’s something he’s interested in me for over there, I’m sure he’ll let me know. But otherwise, my career is going okay. And more than anything, he’s a friend. He’s someone I love. So I don’t… I don’t expect to get a call and I’m not expecting a part. But I would love to be a part of the DC universe. But you know, if the call comes, it comes.”
When those plans are revealed, it seems fairly guaranteed that some of Gunn’s MCU and Guardians of the Galaxy franchise stars will be in line for parts in his newly rebuilt DCU based on the ties that Gunn has cultivated with them. Dave Bautista was unreserved in his declaration that he would adore having his own spot in the franchise, albeit it is still unclear what he would do with the chance. In a different recent interview, Bautista said that Gunn is seeking for a younger cast to play these important roles in the new tale, and as a result, he is no longer in the running to portray the renowned Batman villain Bane.
There are thousands of potential roles for the former wrestler-turned-action star under Gunn’s direction even though he won’t play that huge monster. The forthcoming DCU slate, which is anticipated to span the following ten years of Warner Bros.’superhero epic, will soon be announced by Gunn and his collaborator Peter Safran. Although it is uncertain if Bautista will play any part on that slate, it seems that both he and Gunn want it to happen as soon as possible.