Batista’s Army of the Dead Movie Earns Huge Acclaim by WWE Fans on Release

Published 05/23/2021, 7:29 AM EDT


Former WWE Superstar Batista has become a very successful movie star. From playing Drax the Destroyer to starring in a James Bond movie, he’s quickly becoming a household name in Hollywood. However, how did the WWE Universe react to his recent Netflix movie, Army of the Dead?

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Reviews for Batista in Army of the Dead?

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Army of the Dead is not your typical zombie movie. A group of mercenaries try to survive a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas and go on an entertaining zombie massacre.

It solidified Batista’s position in Hollywood as a legitimate movie star, and some fan groups absolutely loved it.

With fellow WWE legends Dwayne Johnson and John Cena entering the DC Universe, this was a monumental step for the Animal. Many fans even claimed this could be a sign of things to come for the former World Champion.

Batista is already an established part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this is just another notch on his cap.

Some fans weren’t too happy with Batista’s performance or the movie. However, this won’t stop the Animal from putting on stellar performances on the big screen and entertaining legions of fans. With his upcoming movies Dune and Thor, big things are written in the stars for him.

The Animal’s Hollywood career

WWE Wrestler Batista during his World Heaveyweight WWE Championship match against the Undertaker at WrestleMania 23 at Detroit’s Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on April 1, 2007. (Photo by Leon Halip/WireImage)

Batista’s movie debut came in 2006 in Relative Strangers, but he landed bigger roles with the Wrong Side of Town, House of the Rising Sun and the third installment in the Scorpion King franchise. However, he became a household name when he starred in Riddick alongside Vin Diesel and The Man with the Iron Fists, along with Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu.

In 2014, Batista broke through the ceiling by starring in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. His role as Drax the Destroyer made him one of the most entertaining characters in the franchise and even launched him into the Avengers franchise.

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He has now starred in the biggest movie franchise in the world, and alongside some of its biggest names, from Chris Hemsworth to Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.

Also in the Animal’s list of movies are two movies with huge historical significance. He starred alongside Daniel Craig in Spectre, the 24th installment in the James Bond series.

He also starred in Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic. His buddy cop movie, Stuber with Kumail Nanjiani, also received critical acclaim and fan appreciation.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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