Dave Bautista Eyes Villain Role In Future Superhero Movies

Dave Bautista, renowned for his portrayal of Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, has expressed his openness to exploring new roles within the superhero genre, despite concluding his journey with Drax.

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Bautista’s transition from the wrestling ring to dramatic roles has showcased his versatility as an actor. While he cherishes his time as Drax, he is eager for opportunities that offer depth and complexity. In an interview with Gizmodo during his press tour for Dune: Part Two, Bautista shared his interest in potentially playing a more significant, possibly villainous character in future superhero projects.

“When I said that I was done, I was really just done with my journey as Drax. I still have a relationship with Marvel. I’ve seen Kevin Feige again, Lou [D’Esposito] as recently as two weeks ago. And they know that I would be up for a role. I love the universe — the superhero universe, I love it. I’m a fan.”

“So Marvel or DC, if they call, I would answer the phone. And if the role makes sense, I’d be all over it,” Bautista continued, “I just would like the opportunity to do a bigger role, a different role. Maybe a deeper role. I’d love to have the opportunity to play, like an ominous villain in the superhero universe. Yeah. But never. I’m not done with it. But my journey with Drax is over.”

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His collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve on projects such as Blade Runner 2049 and Dune has been instrumental in Bautista’s acting career. Villeneuve’s encouragement and belief in Bautista’s acting capabilities have provided a significant confidence boost, affirming his potential beyond physically imposing roles. Bautista credits Villeneuve for offering him the validation and support necessary to pursue his aspirations in acting, underscoring the importance of directorial faith in an actor’s growth.

As Dave Bautista navigates the next phase of his career, his willingness to embrace diverse and complex roles promises to enrich his filmography. Whether he returns to the superhero genre as a formidable villain or continues to explore varied dramatic opportunities, Bautista’s journey in Hollywood is far from over.