Dave Bautista says he will never play Bane

  • Dave Bautista told Insider he won’t be playing Bane in the DC universe.
  • James Gunn says he plans to “start from scratch” on the DC films.
  • “I appreciate that because I don’t want to play a character I can’t do justice to.”

Despite his efforts, Dave Bautista realized he was not going to play the DC Comics villain Bane.

This was confirmed, he said, in talks with “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who now oversees the DC universe at Warner Bros.

“I’ve had conversations with James about that, but I think the direction he’s leaning in, he’s completely rebooting this whole universe, he’s starting from scratch and starting younger and fresher, and I think you need to do that,” the actor told Insider over the weekend. . While pressing his upcoming movie “Knock at the Cabin”.

to update: Bautista’s publicist Danica Smith later clarified the timeline of these conversations to Insider on Monday night. “James Gunn has talked to Dave about playing Bane in the past 10 years, but not since James took over the role at DC,” she told Insider.

“I think in order to bring the DC Universe to life, you have to start from scratch, and I think you need to start with younger actors,” Bautista, 54, continued. “You have to start plotting for the next 15 years, and I don’t think you can do that with me. And I understand that. Also, I have to say I appreciate that because I don’t want to play a character I can’t do justice to. I don’t think at this point in my career That I can do Bane justice anymore. I don’t know if I can handle the physical part, and I don’t think I’ll have the longevity to pre-plan for movies. So, I just don’t know if I’m going to be that guy.”

James Gunn in a suit alongside Dave Bautista in a blazer and white shirt

(LR) James Gunn and Dave Bautista at the 2017 premiere of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.”

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behind in 2021Bautista revealed that he had put Warner Bros. aware that he wants to be the next actor to play Batman’s augmented foe.

“I made no secret of it,” the star revealed. JusticeCon (via collider). “I want to play Bane so badly, I went to Warner Bros., got a date with them, got a date with DC, walked in the door, said, ‘I want to play Bane. I’m not kidding. They were a little bit like, “Woah, we don’t even cast Bane.” I was like, “I don’t care, I’m playing him.”

Clearly, things have changed dramatically at Warner Bros. and DC Studios.

in OctoberWarner Bros. announced. Discovery reports that Gunn and producer Peter Safran will become co-executive directors and co-presidents of DC Studios.

Since that time, there have been several reports of projects and characters from the previous regime being completely revamped, the biggest being Henry Cavill no longer plays Superman.

a curse

Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

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The last time we saw Bane on screen was in Christopher NolanThe Dark Knight Rises 2012 movie. Tom Hardy took on the role of the masked man who enjoys having his back broken Batmana role Nolan said It has not been “fully appreciated” yet.

Gunn, best known for directing the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise for Disney/Marvel, which also stars Drax the Destroyer, also directed “The Suicide Squad” in 2021 for Warner Bros./DC.

“Our initial focus is on moving the story forward, bringing out the new DCU, and telling the biggest story ever told across multiple movies, TV shows, and animated projects,” Gunn tweeted in November. about the focus of the studio in the future.

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