Dave Bautista Says He Turned Down ‘The Suicide Squad’ For Zack Snyder’s ‘Army Of The Dead’

When James Gunn was hired for The Suicide Squad, it came shortly after he was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Who was most upset by that? Dave Bautista, and for a while, it looked as if he would jump ship over to DC so he could work with Gunn again. Well, that didn’t happen, and in an interview with EW Bautista says the reason is he wanted to work with Zack Snyder on Army of the Dead.

Bautista reportedly told EW that he turned down The Suicide Squad in order to star in Snyder’s zombie heist film. However, Bautista adds that he wasn’t into it when first offered.

“I said I wasn’t interested. I had this chip on my shoulder and was looking for juicy [dramatic roles]. Then I read the script and it was a lot deeper and had more layers than I thought. And also, to be quite frank, I wanted to work with Zack.”

The movie follows a group of mercenaries who attempt a Las Vegas casino heist during a zombie outbreak, and it’s the promise of that wild plot which played into Baustista’s decision…

“We’re running around killing zombies on craps tables. It’s just a ton of fun.”

The curtain seems to be lifting on Army of the Dead, and a trailer could be on the way that gives us a firm release date.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.