Chris McKay Teases Batman’s Role In Planned ‘Nightwing’ Film

McKay also shared that the film was going to feature a lot of villains.

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Nightwing director Chris McKay recently shed some light on Batman’s role in the planned DC film.

With director Chris McKay doing press for The Tomorrow War, we are starting to hear new details about the Nightwing film announced back in 2017. The director has already shared an update that he hasn’t been told the film has been canceled, so there’s still hope. While speaking with, McKay opened up about the themes of his Nightwing film:

“It becomes a revenge movie and it’d be an introduction to Nightwing and the world of Blüdhaven. There was going to be a lot of villains. It was going to be a real, it was going to be a character study about this guy who grew up with sort of a bad dad. How that made him as a young adult try to fight off and go as far away from that world as humanly possible and get dragged back into it.”

Of course, a major question that gets brought up with a Nightwing film is what Batman’s role would be, and a lot has changed since 2017 with the character on the big screen. Chris McKay went on to say that things were still being worked out when he was developing it, but hinted that Batman wasn’t going to play a major role in the planned film:

“There was still some stuff that was needed to be determined of what that was going to look like. It was like you were picking up a Nightwing comic. You’re not guaranteed Batman was going to show up, but he could show up and other people could show up, but again you’re dealing with Nightwing and that’s what I like about it. I like the idea of we don’t necessarily connect to certain things, we can just have it be a story that takes place in Blüdhaven or with Dick Grayson and his world. How he became Nightwing and why be became Nightwing there was a lot of stuff I liked about the approach.”

Which Batman would you want to see in the Nightwing film? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Meanwhile, Dick Grayson made his live-action debut as Nightwing during Titans season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Minka Kelly as Dove, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Joshua Orpin as Superboy, Chelsea Zhang as Rose, Curran Walters as Red Hood, and Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne.

The first two seasons of Titans are available on HBO Max. Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding Nightwing, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.


Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.