James Gunn is heading to the DC Extended Universe to write — and potentially direct — Suicide Squad 2. The surprising report about the former Marvel Studios writer-director joining the DCEU generated a ton of passionate reactions from fans, but it also caught the attention of one of his good friends: Drax actor Dave Bautista.
In response to the news about Gunn’s first post-Marvel gig, Bautista tweeted, “Where do I sign up!” The actor has made it crystal clear time and time again that he’s seriously disappointed by Gunn being fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Bautista has been a total joy — and sometimes heart-breaking — as Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but if he’s not happy with Marvel Studios and Disney about what went down with Gunn, why drag out the collaboration? Drax can easily be removed — or even recast — in the MCU, and Warner Bros. should welcome Bautista to the DCEU with open arms.
At this point, there are very few details about Gunn’s plans for Suicide Squad 2. It’s unclear if any of the cast from Suicide Squad will return, but it’s tough to imagine Warner Bros. letting go of Will Smith’s Deadshot and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller, and we know Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey. Regardless of Gunn’s plans for the sequel’s storyline, he’d be wise to write a part for Bautista. The actor has unabashedly defended Gunn time and again, and has the potential to be a legitimately great addition to Suicide Squad 2.
If Gunn wants to include his friend, we strongly recommend adding Bane to Task Force X’s roster. First and foremost, Bautista looks like Bane. He has the imposing physique and stands at a staggering 6’6″ tall. Yes, Bane has already appeared twice on the big screen, but finally getting a more comics-accurate version — one complete with the classic “Knightfall” costume — would be a terrific addition to the team. Just like how Suicide Squad revealed Harley Quinn was an accomplice to the murder of Robin, it can also be established that Bane once broke the Batman — Affleck’s version of the Caped Crusader spent two decades as the hero, after all.
We know Bautista would have no problem playing an imposing Bane, but he can also channel some of that comedic timing if Gunn draws some inspiration from the way Gail Simone wrote the popular Batman villain in Secret Six. The role would also let Bautista show he can be a more versatile actor, since Bane is also a shockingly intelligent villain with a keen tactical mind.
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