Should ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Include Dick Grayson’s Nightwing?

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Lot of big movies coming in 2015 - Batman vs. Superman, Avengers 2, maybe Star Wars 7 – and since all of them are ‘shrouded in secrecy,’ it leaves a lot of room for some (fun or exhausting – depending on your outlook) speculation about what MIGHT be happening in these respective films. 

As of late, Batman vs. Superman has been producing quite a few big rumors – namely that the list of DC Comics superheroes included in the film may not be confined to just Batman and Superman. There have been leaks about multiple actresses who fit the bill of Wonder Woman being tested for the film – and today brings a rumor that a certain famous superhero sidekick could be making an appearance, as well.

In their latest guerilla-style scoop, Latino-Review is claiming that Dick Grayson (a.k.a. the original Robin, then later Nightwing, and later Batman II, then Nightwing again) could be making an appearance in Batman vs. Superman. However, it’s important to mention that even L-R source El Mayimbe is quick to label this one as a RUMOR, since even he has been unable to confirm that this Grayson angle is indeed happening.

The scenario Mayimbe lays out is this: Ben Affleck’s Batman is tired and weary (which has been confirmed), and he seemingly had a falling out with his former sidekick, whom he has not spoken to in years. Beyond that, the circumstances that bring Grayson into the Batman vs. Superman story and conflict are not explained – nor is it clear whether the film would feature Dick Grayson, or one of his costumed alter-egos as well.

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Dick Grayson as Nightwing

It’s been hinted by the cast and crew that this version of Batman will be unlike previous incarnations that have been onscreen. There are so many ways that BatAffleck could be distinguished from his predecessors – tone, costume – but one that hasn’t really been discussed that much is expanding the scope of his support system. Tim Burton and Chris Nolan’s Batmen relied mostly on Alfred or their contacts within the police dept. (Commissioner Gordon, John Blake); it was only Joel Schumacher who explored the idea of Batman’s iconic sidekick(s) on the big screen –  and he pretty much ruined the idea for everybody by the time Batman & Robin was throwing a neon-lit Robin and Batgirl at us.

The question is: has the time come to give Dick Grayson another shot at big-screen fame?

One thing that the skeptics have been worried about – besides the Man of Steel team crafting this sequel, or Ben Affleck being Batman – is that an imbalance of detail and attention could turn this SUPERMAN sequel film in the BATMAN show. (Out of the many early criticisms of this film no one has seen, that is pretty valid one.) We just got done with Batman ruling the big screen, and while I personally thought Man of Steel was a beautiful reintroduction to Superman, a lot of people disagreed with that sentiment. In short: the new Superman still needs to win over some folks. Hard to do if he’s taking a back seat to an overpowering Batman storyline.

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However, the film also has to reintroduce us to a new version of Batman and establish not only who he is, but what his world is all about. Doing that right, without also over-doing it, is going to be tough; toss in some long history and a failed partnership, it gets even tougher. Think about this another way: sure, Dick Grayson could be used as  plot device – a way to provide quick expository background on who Bruce Wayne/Batman is (say, if a certain mild-mannered reporter came asking?) –  but would a quick cameo be enough?

And is there really going to be Wonder Woman thrown into this as well? Because at that point this all starts to sound more like a Justice League origin story than a  Batman vs. Superman movie… Seeing the ‘World’s Finest’ matching wits is juicy enough – do you really need all the extra bells and whistles?

It’s all rumor for now though, so let’s have some fun and discuss – before a statistical fraction of us end up disappointed by the actual answer to the mystery. Until then, how many “Make it Joseph Gordon-Levitt!” comments will we have to endure? A lot, I suspect.

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Batman vs. Superman will be in theaters on July 17, 2015.

Source: L-R

 

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  1. What is this becoming. Batman vs superman or justice league? ALl they have to do is add in aquaman and call this Justice League.

    Warner Bros is throwing in superheroes to try and erase the bad taste MOS left on many moviegoer’s mouths.

  2. I don’t think having Night Wing or Robin would help build toward a Justice League film, which is clearly what they are doing.

    So while I am not opposed to that happening–particularly Night Wing since Batman will have been around awhile–I still don’t think DC will use him in the story.

    Maybe we will get a reference or see a suit in the Batcave. That’d be good fan service.

    • I think they trying to do something like captain america winter soldier.

  3. Keep it limited to cameo. Superman is one of Dick Grayson’s heroes. A great cameo would be Dick interrupting Superman and Batman in the Batcave and completely turning into a fanboy until Bruce tells him to shut up and go way. It’d also allow for come minor comedy.

  4. Don’t do it, trying to hard to catch up with Marvel shared universe-wise, you don’t need to cram everything into one film.

  5. I think if they just use him in a small way like in Under the Red Hood it’ll be fine. The article mentions using him as a way for quick exposition and I think that would be a good route to take.

  6. I saw the Latino Review youtube vid, and they’re basically saying that Nightwing/Dick Grayson will be in the film. They said theyre looking for someone a lil older than the “boy wonder” type. Maybe in his mid twenties?

    I really think Ben Wishaw would be perfect.

    http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/files/2012/10/460x300_benwhishaw_skyfall.jpg

  7. well since batman is in this sequel and he is established then we have to have a quick or short explantion of his history which means a robin. Batmans going to be an older hero and established they have to explain his past in gact rheres no escape from it. Also sooner or later they have to as well start justice league hints

  8. they should make a live action teen titans film or tv show with nightwing instead of robin

  9. I’m willing to bet that it’s simply a rumor. I swear, sometimes the speculation is more entertaining than the actual product.

    Who knows? Maybe it’s true and some misinformed poor soul is under the assumption that packing this film full of popular heroes will somehow attract more fanboys.

  10. The relationship that Batman has with the bat- family is such an important aspect to the character that has been completely looked over or effed up by every single director that has helmed a Dark knight movie. Grayson is such a big par of Batman and vice versa it should totally make sense that nightwing is included in a movie dealing with an older seasoned Batman

  11. If they are having Nightwing in the movie then do it something like that Animated Batman vs Superman movie, where Nightwing battled Batman then joined him to help fight Superman.

  12. I feel like Nightwing should be included. I mean he’s such a fun character, on and off tumblr, and everyone has to love him. I find a good compromise is to have Nightwing as a comedy character. Something fun and adorable, yet completely kickass like he is in some parts. Hell I just want a BatFamily movie is that too much to ask for.