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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dave Batista Joins Guardians of the Galaxy Cast As Drax The Destroyer!

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Only a few months ago, the rumors of who would fill the titular role of Peter Quill, a.k.a Star-Lord, for the Guardians of the Galaxy cast buzzed around the comic and movie world. Big names like Ben Barnes and Joseph Gordon-Levitt swirled around for quite a while until it was recently announced that Chris Pratt would bring the cosmic Guardians of the Galaxy leader to life.

Chris Pratt? Who's that? To be completely honest, I've never even heard of the dude until about a month ago, and to be completely honest, I'm pretty indifferent to the choice. I did, however, think that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was going to win that role. 

Regardless, whether you considered Chris Pratt as the choice for Star-Lord to be disappointing or not, Disney and Marvel have once again dropped another powerbomb on comic fans. Yes, it's true...WWE wrestler Dave Batista has signed on to play Jim Starlin's beloved cosmic comic book character, Drax the Destroyer.

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This spine crushing move may have excited wrestling fans, but it's left many comic and movie fans scratching their heads a bit. It's true, after all, while Batista can talk the talk and walk the walk in a wrestling or MMA ring and sure enough has the body to play the cosmic warrior hell-bent on destroying Thanos, he isn't really well-known for his acting chops.

Then again, will Batista really need acting chops to convey Drax the Destroyer? The comic character is a scowling, menacing, hulk driven by revenge, and Dave Batista has the look down and had plenty of practice in the revenge arena playing his character in the WWE.

Then again, Tyler Mane was a former professional wrestler turned actor, and we all remember his portrayal of Sabretooth in the first X-Men movie.

Let's be fair, though. That disappointment can also be attributed to the way Sabretooth was written as well. Still though, does this mean that the character of Drax the Destroyer may be dumbed-down in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie?

I sure hope not. Pertaining to Thanos in the comics, Drax the Destroyer is a pretty important character. While driving through the desert, Arthur Douglas and his family were attacked and killed by a space ship flown by none other than Thanos.

An entity known as Kranos, the Titan God (Thanos is from the moon Titan orbiting Saturn), puts Arthur's spirit in a powerful body of increased strength and resilience. Dubbed Drax the Destroyer, his sole mission is to seek revenge and kill Thanos.

[Visit the link to find out the first appearance of Drax the Destroyer in comics]

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I highly doubt that the movie will go into Drax's origin, and the one I provided was really a freeze-dried version of it. But, I still hope they do not make him a one-dimensional character either by just focusing the character on his lust for revenge on Thanos.

I also highly even doubt Drax the Destroyer will look like the character during the 70s and 80s, which really just looked like a cosmic version of The Vision. Chances are he will probably resemble his more modern comic era for the flick

I do have to admit that I like the appearance of the older version of Drax better than his more up to date look. Then again, I like vintage comics better than modern comics, and that really has no bearing on the comic book's movie aspect.

Anyways, it sure beats wondering whether or not the Guardians of the Galaxy movie is even gonna happen like we were wondering only a year ago. Now, there are two within the Guardians of the Galaxy cast - Chris Pratt and Batista - for Marvel Comic's space adventure movie coming out in 2014.  

Whether their acting choices were good or not still remains to be seen. I'm not overly impressed so far nor disappointed.

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