The success in the career of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has led to a recent trend of wrestlers and bodybuilders having an increased presence in major Hollywood films. That's not to say that the crossover hasn't happened in the past, with Hulk Hogan and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger starring in vehicles that showcased their physical talents during the 1980s and 1990s. But Johnson's success as a charismatic leading man has blown open the door for individuals like John Cena, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and Bautista to stretch their talents into different genres beyond straight action.
Bautista's scene-stealing work as Drax the Destroyer has opened up major doors for him in Hollywood, and according to the actor himself, it appears to have propelled him into a lead role into a lesser known comic-book adaptation. Bautista has linked himself to a live-action interpretation of comic-book series Eternal Warrior from publishing company Valiant Comics. When asked about the project on Twitter by one of his fans, Bautista didn't shy away from the question, seemingly confirming his involvement and the project's development in an infancy stage:
Glad you asked cuz I'm really excited about EW. We are currently working to get the script fan worthy and then we'll be full on from there. https://t.co/aHO7DVPBVY
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 1, 2017
Eternal Warrior follows the story of the immortal Gilad Anni-Padda, a protector of Earth and seeker of justice as he lives out his days fighting evil. The character is one of three immortal brothers in the comic series along with heroes Armstrong and Timewalker, and frequently comes into conflict with a monstrous entity known as the Immortal Enemy. The series ran at its height as a fifty issue series from 1992 to 1996, then has seen a few reboots throughout the year, including a recent one in the mid-2010s.
Bautista's news was neither officially confirmed or denied on Twitter by Dinesh Shamdasani, CEO of Valiant Entertainment, though he did make a joking allusion to whether the news was true or not:
I can neither confirm nor deny that @DaveBautista just revealed a giant secret lol!
— Dinesh Shamdasani (@dinesh_s) August 1, 2017
Besides the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Bautista has landed major roles as a big bruising physical threat to James Bond in 2015's Spectre, a co-star to the apocalypse with Vin Diesel in 2013's Riddick, and a major but still mysterious presence in this October's Blade Runner 2049. This would be his first major headlining role - and having built up his acting and charisma credibility in these other films, one hopes that his experience as Drax will make him up to the task of starring in Eternal Warrior on his own, without the rest of the Guardians.