Dave Bautista's long tenure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to an end this year, with the actor confirming that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be the last time we'll see him play Drax the Destroyer. While the 54-year-old star has been enjoying a great deal of Hollywood success outside the billion-dollar franchise, many are speculating that his days of playing a comic book character aren't over.
In fact, the WWE Hall of Famer is among the actors expected to crossover to the DC Universe now that director James Gunn is one of the people calling the shots. However, that doesn't seem to be the case and despite his desire to play iconic Batman villain Bane, Dave claims he won't be part of the DCU.
Speaking with Insider, the MCU veteran confirmed that he's spoken with James Gunn regarding a potential involvement in the "new" DCU. However, he claims that the direction DC Studios is going for might halt his dream casting, saying that Gunn and Safran are looking for younger actors to build the universe around.
Bautista said: "I think for the DC Universe to be revived, you need to start from scratch, and I think you need to start with younger actors.You need to start to plan for the next 15 years, and I just don’t think you can do that with me. And I understand that."
He continued: "And, also, I have to say that I appreciate that because I don’t want to play a character that I can’t bring justice to it. I don’t think at this point in my career that I can bring justice to Bane anymore. I just don’t know if I could handle the physical part, and I don’t think I would have the longevity to plan ahead for films. So, I just don’t know if I’d be that guy."
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To be fair, Bautista can still play a one-off villain in the DCU or even a version of Bane who is more seasoned. Hopefully, Gunn and Safran have something for Bautista because let's be honest, his portrayal of Drax left nothing to be desired.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will hit cinemas on May 5, 2023.