For years, The LEGO Batman Movie Chris McKay had been working on a Nightwing movie for DC Studios. However, it seems as though the film is dead amid the transition into a new DC Universe.
Chirs McKay was first tapped to direct Nightwing way back in 2017 following the success of The LEGO Batman Movie. Progress on the film quickly stalled amid regime changes, controversy, and new plans at DC Studios. While McKay was hopeful he would continue to work on the film with James Gunn and Peter Safran in charge, Heroic Hollywood owner Umberto Gonzalez confirmed that the project was dead:
It’s no shock that James Gunn and Peter Safran wouldn’t want to stake their new DC Universe on films in development long before they signed on. However, given the undeniable quality of The LEGO Batman Movie, it’s a shame Chris McKay’s Nightwing movie will never see the light of day at DC Studios.
The future of the DC Universe
James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room, and a unified storyline across film, television, animation, and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, and Blue Beetle have all been released following the announcement of the new DC Universe, with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom still slated to hit theaters in 2023. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DCU? Only Gunn and Safran know.
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