Fed up with being forced to wear tight briefs and a fruity outfit around a middle-aged man in exchanger for food and lodging, Batman’s first Robin, Dick Grayson, decided to do his own thing and become Nightwing. A movie based on the character has been in development since 2016.
As Warner Bros. radically reshapes its DCEU, which has included the cancellation of New Gods and The Trench, it might be easy to think that Nightwing has also been stopped. Not so says director Chris McKay.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, he said the film hasn’t been canceled and he’s still hoping to make it:
“I hope it’s still a reality. I hope that we still get to make that movie. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not lost yet. It is obviously something that… they’ve had other priorities, they’ve had other challenges. They’d had things that they needed to do, and I think that they found their way.
I think their recent successes, and the stuff that they are planning on doing now, I think it opens the door for us to still be able to do a Nightwing movie. Whether you call it ‘in an alternate universe’ or you pick in their multiverse version which universe it’s part of, there are different ways into it.
But Nightwing is a big, action-packed, emotional movie. It may not, budgetarily, be similar to what we do with The Tomorrow War. But from a scope and scale standpoint, as far as the kind of action and the kind of heart, that’s what Nightwing is going to be all about.”
The latest incarnation of Nightwing is in HBO Max series Titans, where he is played by Brenton Thwaites. As WB is showing no desire to link up the CW shows with HBO Max and the DCEU, it would mean that it is likely a new actor would come on board if this movie goes forward.
Although Nightwing is commonly associated with Batman, the title and concept have origins in classic Superman stories. The original Nightwing in DC Comics was an identity assumed by alien superhero Superman when stranded on the Kryptonian city of Kandor with his friend Jimmy Olsen.
Drawing inspiration from Batman and Robin, the two protect Kandor as the superheroes Nightwing and Flamebird. Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity reboot in 1985, Nightwing was re-imagined as a legendary vigilante from Krypton whose story inspires Dick Grayson’s choice of name when he leaves behind his Robin identity.