James Gunn has carved out a significant reputation for himself in the superhero genre. He successfully brought the lesser-known Marvel superhero team to the forefront of cinema, transforming it into a billion-dollar franchise within a relatively brief period. Despite facing dismissal from Marvel Studios due to resurfaced old Tweets, Gunn still managed to complete one final ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ installment before eventually embarking on his own DCU journey alongside Safran.
Gunn’s close relationship with the stars of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise became evident, especially during his turbulent departure from Marvel. Dave Bautista, in particular, staunchly defended Gunn, describing him as “one of the most loving, caring, good-natured people he ever met.” Other cast members also rallied behind Gunn, albeit too late to reverse the decision. Bautista, in solidarity, refused to collaborate with other directors. Following the release of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’, where the team continued albeit with different members, Bautista announced that it marked his final appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). He expressed a desire to pursue more serious and dramatic roles in his future career endeavors.
However, despite Bautista’s inclination to depart from the superhero realm, fate seems to have a different plan as the superhero world still has plans for him. James Gunn, now steering the newly rebooted and revitalized DCU, has expressed interest in bringing Bautista aboard. Yet, there’s a twist: Gunn is on the hunt for the perfect role for him. He’s turned to Threads to solicit ideas from fans.
There’s little doubt that Bautista would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Gunn once more. Gunn has a history of bringing his close circle—family, friends, and former colleagues—onto his latest ventures. However, his casting choices occasionally come under scrutiny, particularly when Sean Gunn was selected for the role of Maxwell Lord, sparking criticism from fans and fellow actors who pointed out the perceived nepotism. Levi was among those who responded to Gunn’s casting with a somewhat skeptical remark.
When you’re the brother of the guy who runs DC, I guess you get to play who you want.
However, some fans noted that his brother typically lands minor roles, aside from Maxwell Lord. While it remains uncertain what type of character Bautista will portray or in which project he’ll appear, one thing is certain: Gunn will undoubtedly carve out a fitting place for him. Who would you prefer to see Bautista portray? Share your thoughts in the comments below!