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Scorpion King Sequels Missed Their Perfect Dave Bautista Redesign

Dave Bautista had a supporting role in The Scorpion King 3, but the franchise missed out on its best revamp by not casting him as the main character.

The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption introduced Dave Bautista to the fantasy adventure franchise – where he really should have played the lead role. The Scorpion King the franchise had a strange path to the big screen, with the character first appearing in 2001 The return of the mummy. This hit sequel marked the film debut of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who starred as Mathayus/the Scorpion King in the prologue before later transforming into a CGI monstrosity in the finale. Johnson’s appearance was so well received that a spin-off adventure featuring the character was quickly put into development – which complicated Mummy franchise timeline.


2002 The Scorpion King was a success and launched Johnson’s career, although he would not fully break through as a leading man until the success of Fast Five in 2011. Johnson jumped on 2008 The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warriorwhich has the distinction of being a prequel to a spin-off of a sequel to a remake. The Scorpion King the series continued for three more direct-to-DVD releases, ending with 2018 book of souls, with Zach McGowan. the original Scorpio King wasn’t a great movie to begin with, though Johnson’s charisma and production values ​​made it an enjoyable adventure.

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These later releases have suffered from Johnson’s absence, in addition to shrinking budgets giving them a chintzy feel. In the timeline of the saga, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption is a direct sequel to the original by Dwayne Johnson – who directed numerous Kevin Hart films – with Victor Webster inheriting the title role. The story sees Mathayus resurrected as a mercenary after his kingdom fell and gets caught up in the battle between Talus, King of Egypt (Ron Perlman) and his evil brother Talus (Billy). The latter uses the Book of the Dead to bring mighty warriors back to life, including Dave Bautista’s Agromael – who probably should have played the lead role.

Dave Bautista played a villain in Scorpion King 3

The Scorpion King 3 was an early role for Bautista, who would later breakout as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. The actor has rarely been off screen since then, returning for various MCU outings in addition to other starring roles in movies like Zack Snyder. army of the dead. Agromael is a supporting role, but Bautista steals every scene he appears in, and his star quality was already apparent. Webster is okay with the action sequences and he has the look required for the role, but it’s not a very dynamic turn either.

Webster would later break the spin-off series’ habit of recasting the title warrior when he reprized the role of The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power in 2015. Dave Bautista was on his way to fame when he appeared in the third film, and The Scorpion King the movies could have been a good training group for the former wrestler as he found his feet as an actor. The producers would also have been happy to have him in mind following the reception he received as Guardians of the Galaxy Drax the Destroyer too, as the character would have provided another WWE legend with a launch pad to stardom. It’s an interesting time for the series’ sliding doors, which is slated for a reboot that will be produced by – but not starred – Johnson himself.