It’s possible that fans may put a little too much stock in the idea that every property featuring a DC character MUST take place in a shared universe – take a look in any comic shop, and you’ll see a handful of concurrent storylines starring the same hero. When word that a Flash TV series first broke, the implication was that the studio’s plans for a big screen adventure hadn’t been affected in the slightest. And although Grant Gustin may be dedicated to doing Barry Allen justice, it’s still hard to believe WB would toss him into a movie alongside Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck.
In the case of Nightwing, there might not be cause for alarm just yet. Fellow Bat-family member Huntress has already played a recurring role on Arrow, bearing little connection, if any, to the Batman mythology. It’s just as likely that McQueen could be brought into the fold for his iconic costume and acrobatic fighting style, with the showrunner valuing the ratings bump over the ramifications of relegating Robin to a cameo.
If the role is small enough, fans will have forgotten about it entirely by the time Batman vs. Superman rolls around (and possibly gotten a well-realized appetizer in the meantime). And if we’re being completely honest, it might even be a chance for some synergy. As long as Zack Snyder ended up casting CW star Jared Padalecki as Nightwing – as we’ve recommended – they could get away with simply saying he’s aged since his appearance in Starling City.
Since the presence of Nightwing in Batman vs. Superman is still unconfirmed, there is time left for fans to hope for total DC universe overlap. But if McQueen lands the role on TV, and Grayson will play a role in Snyder’s (or Affleck’s, for that matter) plans for the future, then all the Green Lantern talk, and star Stephen Amell’s Justice League hopes could be dashed.
What do you think of the possible casting? Is McQueen a good fit for either TV or film as well? And do you think Warner Bros. will paint themselves into a corner by casting both, or will fans easily overlook the inconsistency if Amell is confirmed to appear alongside Batman and Nightwing? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Arrow airs Wednesday @8pm on The CW.
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