After James Gunn and Peter Safran stepped in as Co-CEOs of DC Studios (previously DC Films), the future of the DCU (previously known as the DCEU) was one of the most widely discussed and debated topics in all of fandom. Steadily after the initial announcement, Gunn revealed his plans for the upcoming slate, including a Superman reboot, a movie possibly being directed by Ben Affleck, and much more. Chaos ensued after reports about Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 3 being a dead production were shared. After Gunn shared an image of Lobo on Twitter, fans became even more certain that the upcoming slate wouldn’t be centered on the DC trinity: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
Rumors about Jason Momoa playing Lobo surfaced, which made it clear that the Aquaman threequel was meant to act as a conclusion to the Aquaman franchise. The only other Justice League member left would be the Flash…and we’d rather not talk about that. The 2023 release slate as of present includes Shazam! Fury Of The Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom. Recent reactions to the Shazam 2 trailer have been quite mixed, which primarily criticized it for not having Black Adam connections, and being incredibly subjective. A new trailer for The Flash, starring Ezra Miller is set to release during the Super Bowl, just 2 weeks away. With less than a day to go for part of the DCU slate to be revealed, Dave Bautista has revealed that he had talks with James Gunn to join the new DCU reboot and is certain which character he won’t be playing.
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Dave Bautista Knows Which DC Character He Won’t Be Playing
Speaking with Insider while doing press for his upcoming movie, Knock at the Cabin, actor Dave Bautista revealed that he talked to James Gunn about playing Bane and that he was certain it wasn’t happening. He said, “I have had conversations with James about that but I think the direction he’s leaning in, completely rebooting that whole universe, he’s starting from scratch and starting younger and fresher and I think you need to do that”.
He continued by saying that the new DCU would “need to start with younger actors”, and that he couldn’t “bring justice” to Bane’s character.
“I think for the DC Universe to be revived, you need to start from scratch, and I think you need to start with younger actors,” Bautista, 54, continued. “You need to start to plan for the next 15 years, and I just don’t think you can do that with me. And I understand that. And, also, I have to say that I appreciate that because I don’t want to play a character that I can’t bring justice to it. I don’t think at this point in my career that I can bring justice to Bane anymore. I just don’t know if I could handle the physical part, and I don’t think I would have the longevity to plan ahead for films. So, I just don’t know if I’d be that guy.”
In live-action, Bane was previously portrayed by Tom Hardy in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which earned him an MTV Movie award nomination for the ‘Best Villain’ category. The character was also played by Shane West in the TV series Gotham. It will be most interesting to see Bane interact with characters in a cinematic universe.
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