Former WWE champ Batista's newest role is quite the intriguing one.
Moviefone.com and several other outlets have confirmed that Dave Bautista (known to WWE fans as Batista) has been cast as Drax the Destroyer in the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy.
Comic book buffs are likely already familiar with the red-eyed, green-skinned warrior, but the majority of us don't know much about Drax the Destroyer.
The success of Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers has opened the door for lesser-known Marvel characters to get their shot on the big screen.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are a super team composed of a raccoon with an affinity for large, automatic weapons, a tree-like being, Cosmo the Spacedog, along with the character Batista is playing and several others. Should the film stay true to the comics, it should be a goofy, over-the-top thrill ride.
Drax first appeared in Iron Man #55 in 1973.
The saxophonist-turned-cosmic-hero looked a lot different back then compared to the Drax of today. He donned a purple outfit, complete with cape and gold bracelets.
He began life as Arthur Sampson Douglas. Evil villain Thanos murdered him and his family when the Douglas family was traveling through the Mojave desert. Eventually scientist/super-being Kronos resurrected Douglas in the form of Drax.
Douglas' astral form was inserted into a much more physically imposing body than his own.
He was now Drax the Destroyer, powered by superhuman strength and near invulnerability. He could also shoot out cosmic energy from his arms.
Drax was a member of the Infinity Watch and the Secret Defenders. He has been resurrected several times over whenever his talents were needed.
The more recent version of the character has seen him ditch the cape and gold accessories.
Drax is much thinner now and is marked with red tattoos all over his body. He no longer shoots out energy blasts, trading those in for a pair of large knives. That's a major power downgrade for sure.
This is the Drax that is part of the Guardians of the Galaxy team.
He joins Moondragon, Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord and other bizarre teammates in what should make for a unique movie experience.
Batista actually looks a lot like the new Drax, in large part because of his bald head and impressive physique. The studio essentially just has to paint him green and he's good to go.
The Guardians of the Galaxy won't have the built-in fan base that a movie like The Avengers did, but certainly has the potential to be wild fun. Batista fans may be tempted to see the film just to see how the former WWE star fares, but should end up being blowing away by the playful absurdity of the Guardians team.
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