To a lot of comic book fans, James Gunn's stunning arrival to the DC Extended Universe gave them renewed faith in the franchise and it isn't hard to understand why people feel this way. Gunn's Marvel entries are easily some of the best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it's enough to convince fans that he'll deliver the same results for DC.
Last August, we finally got our first look at Gunn's version of The Suicide Squad, and generally speaking, fans were pleased with the minimal stuff they saw which already looks miles superior to its 2016 predecessor.
However, it turns out that one of the actors in the film wasn't the first choice to play a major character in the upcoming DCEU film. According to Dave Bautista who currently plays Drax the Destroyer in the MCU, he was James Gunn's original choice to play Peacemaker, a role that ultimately ended up with fellow WWE megastar John Cena.
Bautista had to withdraw from the project to prioritize the upcoming Netflix original film Army of Dead directed by Zack Snyder. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly about his decision to decline Gunn's offer, the actor explains: "I had this chip on my shoulder and was looking for juicy [dramatic roles]. Then I read the script and it was a lot deeper and had more layers than I thought. And also, to be quite frank, I wanted to work with Zack."
Considering his great relationship with the GOTG director, I'm pretty sure the door is always open for Batista to enter the DCEU. The only question is, which character should he play? Personally, I'd love to see him as Bane, and given his wrestling background, he'll do the role justice.
The Suicide Squad arrives in theaters and on HBO Max this year.
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