Dave Bautista teases a surprise character reveal at the end of Netflix's Army of the Dead. With Army of the Dead, director Zack Snyder returns to the zombie genre for the first time since his directorial debut, 2004's Dawn of the Dead remake. This original zombie tale will combine a heist flick with the undead, as a group of mercenaries venture into the quarantine zone of Las Vegas to steal $200 million from a casino. Bautista's Scott Ward leads the group, which also includes characters played by Omari Hardwick, Ella Purnell, Garret Dillahunt, and Tig Notaro.
Army of the Dead is just the start of a new universe with Netflix, as there are additional projects already in the works. A prequel film focused on Matthias Schweighöfer's character and titled Army of Thieves completed production last year. Additionally, there will be an animated series focusing on characters in the early days of the zombie outbreak. Whether other Army of the Dead projects could emerge in the future remains to be seen, but it sounds like the film might have some setup for a sequel.
Bautista appeared in this past weekend's Justice Con event during Sunday's Army of the Dead spotlight to discuss the film. At two different points in his panel, Bautista emphasized his enthusiasm for the ending of the movie, which also includes a surprise character. "I'm obsessed with the ending of this film. I think it has one of the strongest endings of a film I've ever seen," Bautista said. "It's just so well done. It's just really good old-fashioned storytelling. And it just leaves you wanting more. I can't even talk about the actor who is at the end of the film, but his performance is so strong, it's just so interesting." Elsewhere, he reiterated, "There's something about the end of this film that I'm absolutely obsessed with."
Obviously, he couldn't get into specifics because of spoilers, but it sounds like Snyder's Army of the Dead has quite the ending. Whether it finishes with a cliffhanger or just a satisfying conclusion remains to be seen, but Bautista's insistence that it leaves the audience wanting more suggests there could be some sequel setup. Additionally, his mention of a surprise actor will undoubtedly send fans into speculation mode. Army of the Dead's mystery character truly could be anyone, and might even be someone who appears throughout the entire film. Bautista might be keeping his identity a secret to hide which characters survive the zombies.
At the same time, it does sound like Army of the Dead will have a surprise cameo at the end. Fans should feel free to theorize about who it could be, but they might also be smart to exercise some caution. As was seen with WandaVision earlier this year, actors' comments can truly mean anything, and audiences might be better off taking some teases with a grain of salt. Regardless of the secret actor, Bautista has a lot of enthusiasm for Army of the Dead's ending, and fans should be excited about what's to come.