Nightwing director Chris McKay has an interesting task ahead of him, not leaving his stamp on the Dark Knight but on his former sidekick Dick Grayson — formerly the original Robin – who eventually takes on his own her mantle as Nightwing but McKay doesn’t want the former Boy Wonder to forget his roots.
McKay discussed the importance of Grayson’s time as Robin in an interview with Collider, making a point to point out Grayson’s growth as a character:
“Every other character lives in a rough version of the age that they’re in. Very few characters actually grow up in the comics and become something else, and go from being a boy to being an adult, and have their own life and become their own thing.”
The director also revealed how Robin had an impact on him as a child, seeing him as a character he was able to grow up with:
“You always thought Robin was the dork and were like, ‘I don’t want to be like Robin. I don’t want to play with Robin. I wanna play Batman. But Robin was there as a window character for little kids like me to understand Batman’s world and see into Batman’s world. There’s no other character in comics that went through this real-time transition.”
It appears that McKay will feature a good amount of references to Nightwing’s past, something that is difficult to avoid with a character with such a rich history. Dick Grayson has been around almost as long as Batman and McKay wants Dick to earn the same respect that the Caped Crusader has.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Nightwing and the future of the DC Extended Universe as we learn it.
10 Characters Who Should Appear In The ‘Nightwing’ Movie
So 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, similar to the upcoming Gotham City Sirens. Batman might be in it for a scene or two, but the movie will need a full 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.
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