In the past few months, no member of the Guardians of the Galaxy team has been more supportive of James Gunn than Dave Bautista. The wrestler-turned-actor has taken every opportunity to express his thoughts about the director's firing this past summer, and has not minced words when discussing the matter. One gets the sense that Bautista would follow Gunn to the ends of the Earth - and while that may not literally happen, the former has now suggested that he would follow the latter from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the DC Extended Universe:
News broke this afternoon that James Gunn is going to potentially both write and direct DC's upcoming Suicide Squad 2, and while there is nothing official to report yet, Dave Bautista has not hesitated throwing his hat into the ring via Twitter. His message is simple - "Where do I sign up?" - but it's massive in terms of context.
Right now, Dave Bautista plays what is arguably one of the more popular characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring as Drax the Destroyer in both Guardians of the Galaxy movies and Avengers: Infinity War, but apparently he's game for a brand change. It's worth noting that he wouldn't necessarily have to give up his Marvel role to do Suicide Squad 2, as there are a number of actors who have appeared in both the Marvel and DC movies, but he would also be the most significant name to straddle that line.
As we've written about before, it's hardly surprising that Dave Bautista has been so supportive of James Gunn. While he had been a popular wrestler, and had launched his acting career, no filmmaker before Gunn had given him a chance to perform on such a massive stage, and it wound up totally changing his life. Since then he has been a part of some huge films with other immensely talented writers and directors, and one could make an impenetrable argument that those movies wouldn't have happened without Guardians of the Galaxy.
It's only right to support the people in your life who have that kind of monumental positive impact, and it seems that's exactly what Dave Bautista is doing by offering his services for Suicide Squad 2.
Whether or not a James Gunn-directed version of Suicide Squad 2 will ever happen remains a mystery for now - but it's a tantalizing one with potentially fascinating effects on the future of both Marvel and DC. This is obviously a story that is still evolving, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates.