Bad Bunny won't be suiting up as El Muerto any time soon.
Last year at CinemaCon, Sony announced that the Grammy-winning singer and rapper would star in a planned El Muerto film, centering on the antihero wrestler from Marvel's Spider-Man comics. In June, however, Sony removed the film from its planned release schedule, and now, Bad Bunny has confirmed that he's no longer involved.
In a lengthy Vanity Fair profile, Bad Bunny — a.k.a. Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio — was asked about the status of El Muerto, resulting in "an awkward silence." "I don't know what to say," Martinez finally said, telling Vanity Fair that the situation was "delicate." His publicist later chimed in, saying of the film: "Obviously, it's out."
Sony pulled the film from its release schedule in June, attributing the shift to the ongoing Hollywood strike and Bad Bunny's busy touring schedule. The film is still in development, with Jonás Cuarón attached to direct.
In Marvel comics, Juan Carlos Estrada Sanchez is an antihero and wrestler who gains superpowers after he inherits a mysterious luchador mask. El Muerto would have made him the first Latino Marvel character to get his own solo, live-action film.
Bad Bunny spoke about El Muerto on stage at last year's CinemaCon, telling the audience, "It's incredible. I love wrestling. I grew up watching it, and now I'm a wrestler. That's why I love this character. I think it's the perfect role [for] me. It will be epic."
In addition to wrestling for WWE, Bad Bunny has acted in multiple films, including "F9", "Bullet Train", and the upcoming biopic "Cassandro" with Gael García Bernal. Martinez told Vanity Fair that he's eager to tackle more film projects, adding, "As a movie consumer myself, I'm not one to watch a lot of action movies. I'd even say it's my least favorite genre. I would really like to play other kinds of things, like a little bit more drama, romance too, or comedy."