Batista is about to finish up his time playing Drax The Destroyer. He is leaving the popular Marvel role after the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and he doesn’t plan on looking back.

Big Dave Bautista already hinted that Marvel might carry on with the Drax character without him. He just won’t be the one sitting in the makeup chair for hours anymore. The role was taxing, and preparing to go topless in front of an HD camera is also a daunting task.

While talking to Ellen, Batista confirmed that his time as Drax is done after the third Guardians film. In the end, it really boils down to him being 54 and father time catching up. It’s hard for anyone to go shirtless, especially when you’re fighting to keep in shape for such a role.

“It’s weird because when I said it, I said it recently because I’ve been doing interviews and talking a lot about guardians and I didn’t think it was going to be news because I figured everybody assumed that this is how it works. We work in trilogies and James Gunn has already announced that it’s his last film, and when James is done I’m done, and I’m also going to be 54 years old by the time Guardians 3 comes out and just like the shirtless thing is getting harder and harder for me. The journey has come full circle and I’m ready to just kind of step aside and wrap it up.”

Batista went shirtless for enough of his career. Many fans were first introduced to Dave Bautista without a shirt on as a WWE Superstar. We’ll have to see what roles he takes in the future, but he’s obviously looking for a bit more wardrobe.

Are you bummed to see Batista leave the Drax the Destroyer role? Sound off in the comments!

H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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