Dave Bautista Really Wanted To Play Bane In ‘The Batman’

In the weeks following James Gunn’s firing by Marvel, you may recall Dave Bautista was out there talking a lot of shit. He was trashing his bosses pretty hardcore, and for a time it looked like he was begging to be canned from Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Well, that obviously didn’t happen, and Gunn was eventually rehired. But it also looked as if Bautista would split and join Gunn over at Warner Bros., where he’d been hired to direct The Suicide Squad.

Well, it turns out that at some point during this time, Bautista really did make a serious play to join another DC Comics movie, Matt Reeves’ The Batman, in the role of Bane. Here’s how Bautista responded to a fan who asked if we might see that happen someday…

First of all, we don’t even know if Bane is in The Batman. But if he were, Bautista would’ve been a killer fit for the role.

I think when his time at Marvel is done, we’re going to see Bautista crossover to the Distinguished Competition in some capacity. Reeves is planning an entire Batman trilogy, and I’m guessing he would make room for Bane if Bautista wanted to be part of it.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.