Following hot on the heels of news that Jared Leto is in talks to star in Valiant's Bloodshot movie, another big name has been connected with the publisher's cinematic universe.
Guardians of the Galaxy star and former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista appears to be up for the role of Eternal Warrior, according to a very reliable source: Bautista himself. Bautista responded to a strange question on Twitter:
Uh, what? Even Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani was surprised by the news:
How will Marvel feel about one of their biggest stars moonlighting with another superhero universe? furthermore, how will fellow former WWE wrestler John Morrison feel about Bautista taking his spot? Morrison plays Eternal Warrior in the Valiant web series, Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe.
It wouldn't be the first time Morrison and Bautista found themselves in such a situation. Both pro wrestlers dated co-worker Melina during their time in WWE, and, depending on which version of dirt sheet rumors you choose to believe, Melina either had a fling with Bautista during a period where she and Morrison were on a break, or they weren't on a break during the fling, as Morrison and Melina had an open relationship. There's nothing wrong with either case in our eyes (embrace your kink, people — there's nothing to be ashamed of), though dirt sheet rumors claim that Morrison's esteem was damaged in the eyes of WWE head honcho Vince McMahon, not exactly known for his progressive viewpoints on masculinity.
In any case, it looks pretty likely that Bautista is serious about this Eternal Warrior thing. We'll keep you posted if an official announcement is made.