‘Nightwing’ Director Chris McKay Talks Difference Between Marvel & DCEU Model

Nightwing Chris McKay Action Movie PracticalEarlier this year, it was reported that Warner Bros. was developing a Nightwing solo film with The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay. Now, McKay has discussed the difference between Warner Bros. and Marvel’s approach to their respective cinematic universes.

McKay discussed how Warner Bros. is focused on developing director-driven projects:

“Warner Bros is a more director-driven studio. Period. The end. More than any other studio you’re ever going to work at. Just look at the roster of world class filmmakers that have worked at Warner Bros and made it their home. Warner Bros is a director-driven studio, and that’s exactly how they are operating these movies.”

McKay outlined the difference between Warner Bros. approach to the DCEU and Marvel’s model, citing Patty Jenkins’ work Wonder Woman as an example:

“That’s the kind of filmmaking you are going to see, and have seen with Patty Jenkins on “Wonder Woman.” That’s what they have done and what they will continue to do, and that’s why these movies are not trying to follow the Marvel model, they’re trying to do their own thing with filmmakers that they like, and produce things that are wholly original and wholly unique.”

Plot details on the Nightwing film are currently under wraps and the title character has yet to be cast.

McKay will direct the film from a script written by Bill Dubuque (The Accountant).

As of now, Nightwing does have a release date.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Nightwing and future DC Extended Universe projects as it develops!

Source: Metro

10 Characters Who Should Appear In The ‘Nightwing’ Movie

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Nightwing DCSo Michael Cera’s appearance as Dick Grayson in The LEGO Batman Movie wasn’t enough for all you Nightwing fans, huh? Well, Warner Bros. is listening and has decided to give Heroic Hollywood’s number one sidekick his own movie. The LEGO Batman Movie helmer Chris McKay has been named the director of a Nightwing movie no one saw coming. Nightwing’s place in the DC Extended Universe is up in the air. How long ago did he quit being Robin? Are he and Batman speaking right now? Why wasn’t he mentioned in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?

While the movie will likely answer all those questions, I expect it will also serve as an introduction to a different corner of the Batman universe. Batman might be in it for a scene or two, but the movie will need a supporting cast to help Nightwing appear as the kickass, sociable character he is. Bruce Wayne has got the brooding down, but former circus performer Dick Grayson knows how to have fun in a way his mentor doesn’t.

Hit Next to find out which ten characters should appear in the Nightwing movie.

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  • Keep parroting the party line, McKay. We believe you. *rolls eyes*

    • David Allen

      While you may be right in this instance, I have heard this said before, in regards to WB. It seems to be the popular opinion, at least. Kristian Harloff is one person I recall talking about this.

      • It’s a talking point they use to sell these movies. But being director-friendly doesn’t mean much unless the movies are actually good. Their track record is way too spotty in that arena so far.

        • David Allen

          I don’t work for WB, so for sure I don’t know 100%. In regards to my prior statement, Kristian Harloff from shmoesknow and Collider is one example I’ve heard, as well as John Campea. Not sure if you know of them but they don’t work for WB.

          I think the point is that being a director-driven studio won’t always work, it’s just the philosophy that WB uses, as opposed to other studios. So I see what McKay is referring to. I’m not that enthused for a Nightwing movie mind you, but I’m also not opposed to it. We’ll just have to see what happens.

  • Grifter

    He’s right though, marvel movies for example never earned any oscars, even critics know they’re cheap entertainment and nothing else.

    • Rob

      Other than Heath Ledger’s win, what Oscar has WB/DC won that wasn’t a technical achievement (and even then, they won two in 40 something years)? And Ledger probably wouldn’t have won if he hadn’t died before the movie came out.

      Let’s not act like superhero movies not made by Marvel regular get Oscars.

      And most of the critics look at DC movies as utter garbage. Wonder Woman was the lone example since Nolan stopped making DC movies.