5 Actors Who Could Play ‘Nightwing’ in ‘Batman vs. Superman’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 9th, 2013 at 11:04 am, This is a list post.

Nightwing Batman vs Superman Actors ListThere's no question that Batman is going to be crashing Superman's big screen party in Batman vs. Superman - and it seems he won't be coming alone. Claims that Wonder Woman will round out the trio (and that there's already a casting shortlist) persist, but the latest rumors promise a surprise appearance by Dick Grayson a.k.a. Robin a.k.a. Nightwing as well.Whether these character will appear in their superhero personas in this film or Warner Bros. is simply laying the groundwork for future standalone franchises isn't yet clear. But with a frontrunner for the role of Grayson apparently emerging, our minds are already racing.Here are our picks for 5 Actors Who Could Play Nightwing in Batman vs. Superman.

Matt Long

Matt Long Nightwing Batman vs SupermanMatt Long has already made an appearance in a comic book adaptation (playing a young Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider), but we're as happy to forget that as he surely is. Since then, he's made frequent appearances as a journeyman TV actor. From Private Practice to Lucky 7, Long has found plenty of female fans along the way.How well the actor would fit Snyder's planned take on an older Robin/Nightwing depends on the overall tone sought for Ben Affleck's Batman. We know this dark knight will be older and more battle-hardened, and if that's the case, a Dick Grayson who's happy to lighten the mood from time to time makes perfect sense.Long's signature aloof personality would cover those bases well, without straying too far into a 'jokester.' Comic book fans know that Dick Grayson is a complicated character - being raised under Bruce Wayne's wing, but certainly not in his image - but we're confident Long could pull it off.

Josh Hartnett

Josh Hartnett Nightwing Batman vs SupermanIt's been more than a few years since Josh Hartnett was headlining a romantic comedy, and his heartthrob days are sure to have earned him some critics, especially among a male audience (we could've said the same about Heath Ledger, it's worth mentioning). That being said, his talents were enough to make a cameo role in one of the more memorable and stylish story threads in Sin City.Without a single role or genre that's easily applicable to Hartnett, a major franchise role would make more sense than other actors at the top of their game. And having starred alongside Harrison Ford (Hollywood Homicide), Morgan Freeman and Sir Ben Kingsley (Lucky Number Slevin), we're confident he would seem comfortable sharing the screen with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.Since that's one of the larger challenges awaiting whoever lands the role, we'd give him a serious edge.

Tyler Hoechlin

Tyler Hoechlin Nightwing Batman vs SupermanAfter splashing onto the Hollywood scene in his co-starring role as Tom Hanks' son in Road to Perdition, Tyler Hoechlin's career has likely been missed by many blockbuster movie fans. But with looks that are admittedly hard to forget, and one of the anchors of MTV's surprisingly good Teen Wolf, Hoechlin's name was one of the most supported when a new Batman was being cast.Snyder turned out be looking for a much older Wayne, but while that eliminated Hoechlin from the running, it also means he's a much better fit for Dick Grayson. He's got the size and build required (put on regular display in his ongoing werewolf role), and at 26, straddles the line between a younger or older Grayson.If Snyder intends to use Grayson as a foil to Wayne, then casting an actor who seems cut from Affleck's cloth would be unwise. Hoechlin has the fans, the looks, and awaits mainstream 'name' status. We'll see if WB feels the same.

Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer Nightwing Batman vs SupermanYes, we once again throw Matt Bomer's name into the ring. But can you blame us? Bomer was a frontrunner for Superman before Henry Cavill landed the coveted role, and his clean-cut good looks made him a fit for the billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne as well. But his shorter height (5'11") and stature when compared to Cavill was hard to overlook.But as Dick Grayson - using acrobatics and speed over brute strength - Bomer seems to possess the physicality needed (Magic Mike proved he's in top shape), while still possessing the looks expected of Bruce Wayne's second-in-command. And lest we forget: he had the good sense to take himself out of the running for Fifty Shades of Grey.Bomer has proven his versatility and screen presence starring in Chuck and White Collar, so his age is the only real question mark. If it isn't, then consider Bomer and Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder in a dead heat.

Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki Nightwing Batman vs SupermanHis Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles may have gotten the bulk of the attention when word came of a new Batman being cast (or when discussing any DC hero), but Jared Padalecki's own attributes shouldn't be overlooked. For starters, the actor is about as close to Grayson as physically possible - and no, we don't just mean his famous physique.With a career built on playing one part of a two-part detective team, and walking the line between hero and terrifying monster fairly frequently, Supernatural fans don't need to be told why he's already proven to possess what's needed for a live-action Grayson. The fact that he's one of Warner Bros.' most reliable fan-favorites shouldn't be understated either.Normally, we'd think that the TV schedule would make a big screen appearance unlikely. But given that the role may be a small one to start, and Padalecki's enthusiasm for the Comic-Con crowd, we wouldn't count him out.


Robin Batman vs Superman ListThat concludes our list of actors that we feel could play the youthful, acrobatic, and humorous sidekick to Ben Affleck's Batman. As past superhero films have proven, any actor can by made to look the part with an intense fitness plan. And with several incarnations of Grayson to choose from, the possibilities seem  more varied than usual.What are your hopes for a live-action take on Robin/Nightwing? Do you agree with our picks, or have you been hoping to see another actor in the part?Leave your thoughts in the comments.-Follow Andrew on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. Why not Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Is he busy or something?

    • Because the film calls for Dick Grayson, not “Robin” John Blake. Also, its sorta rebooting Batman, and when reboot something, you get rid of all traces of the old franchise.

      • ^ Bingo.

  2. Nightwing/ Dick Grayson is supposed to be a ladies man and Adam Driver has kind of a rat face. I honestly hope that Nightwing isn’t in the movie, it’s getting overcrowded with characters already. I suppose a brief cameo by someone in that role is fine,but honestly unnecessary.

    • I’m hoping that there is only a cocktail party scene, or business glad-handing where Bruce Wayne’s partner ‘Dick’ is just introduced. I’m hoping it’s the same for Diana, if they include her.

  3. Hartnett’s too laid back for the role and Bomer, while athletic, is too close in age; unless we’re supposed to believe that 5-year-old Bruce Wayne took Dick Grayson under his wing to train. I’ve never heard of the others or I don’t remember their work if I have. Ben Affleck is 41 now. Nightwing would be better-suited for a Batman who’s closer to 50, otherwise he’s just Robin.

    • I don’t quite follow your logic. All we know is that this Batman is already established and has been fighting crime for awhile. We know that he is world weary. Anything beyond that is up to debate. What if this version of Batman took Dick Grayson under his wing in year two of his career. Within that year Grayson becomes Robin. Within the third year of Batman’s career Robin becomes disillusioned with Batman’s methods, attitude, etc and breaks away. Perhaps BvS takes place immediately after this break. My point is that we do not know the exact circumstances of the timeline of Batman in this movie. I think it is plausible for a Nightwing to be established. Whether or not he should be in this movie is another question entirely.

      • Canon suggests Dick Grayson was around 8-years-old when his parents were murdered and was taken in as a ward of Bruce Wayne, becoming Robin, The Boy Wonder. If the same history of the character is applied to these actors, it would mean that Bruce Wayne was around 13 at that time. It doesn’t matter what age Batman got his start in the movie, there needs to be a 10-year age gap for the canon to make sense.

        • I think you’re both making good points. Personally, if someone told me that Matt Bomer was ten years younger than Ben Affleck, I would absolutely buy it.

          • Both gentlemen have aged well, it’s just something that came to mind when I saw the list. I don’t want to convey the idea that I can suspend disbelief to accept the idea of masked vigilantes and flying aliens but get hung up on years of birth. I would like to think the writers will show proper respect to the source material and not simply slap someone into a scene for effect. We’ve waited a long time to see the Bat family return to the screen, after all. If there’s a Nightwing, there’s an Oracle, so we’re at least moving in the right direction; i.e. away from origin stories.

        • Thanks for clearing up where you are coming from Jason. I understand how that would be necessary if cannon is followed. However, we have seen studios follow loose cannon interpretations and present their own spins on characters. I think they could rework the cannon to make it believable and workable in the movie. Plus, as Andrew Dyce noted, Bomer could pass as several years younger than Afleck.

          • Bomer is by far the best choice I’ve seen for the role of Nightwing (regardless of who Batman is). Ultimately the pressure falls on the writers to spin a tale that never makes detail sticklers like me consider the actual age difference, etc. :)

  4. terrible. just stick with adding wonder woman. there is no need to over crowd the movie

    • Jered Lacks

      Wonder Woman is going to be in it?

    • @Jered Lacks jamie alexander who plays sif in thor has stated she is in talks with dc and she knows of the story to the movie. this was after all the wonder woman rumors started. personally i think shes the only real choice since she has not just the look but the acting chops as well. also note marvel isnt doing thor 3 for at least 3 years so

    • Michael Villalovoz

      I agree just give us the big three and everyone will be happy. Adding anyone else will just take away from the movie. I hope this is just WB/DC slipping out not-so-true rumors to stir up buzz.

    • It wouldn’t make sense since shes in thor. she wont be in MOS2 you idiot

      • She’s publicly said she’s in talks with WB and DC, related specifically to Batman vs. Superman.

  5. Kyle Huttson Knaus

    its a rumor people come on. remember the whole bryan cranston 9 picture deal thing?

    • exactly

  6. Christian Bale originally wanted to be Robin in Batman in Robin… make him Knightwing lol

  7. Bad choices

  8. Somnath Das

    josh hartnett.

  9. Jered Lacks

    Jared Padalecki is too old.

  10. Gustavo Adolfo Ⓥ

    Where is Matt Damon? Lol!!!

    • Your a dollar short and a couple months too late that joke has been said since Affleck got the role
      So how do you like them apples.

  11. Joe Petrozzino

    f****** stupid there was never any incidence of Robin in any of the batman movies so to just throw him in there would be as bad as all the x-men movies with tones of characters with no back story and huge plot holes

    • Joe Petrozzino

      without Robin there is no Nightwing period

    • This is supposed to be an older depiction of Batman, so Nightwings existence makes sense, though I do feel unnecessary for this film.

    • Joe Petrozzino

      oh i didn’t know that lol but i feel that he should be introduced properly since he is a big part of the batman universe and if anything put him as Robin first IF ANYTHING lol

  12. Jim Asmussen

    Getting too much imo.
    There should not be too many other superheros besides Batman and Superman

  13. No side kicks ..

  14. Timothy David Leonard

    Thane Krios. I agree with you there mate. They’re trying to do too much. But however look at X-men Days of Future Past. Big cast that is. And it actually looks quite good. But for Wonder Woman I agree. Jamie Alexander is the way to go.

  15. Gustavo Adolfo Ⓥ

    What about Aquaman? Bahaha

  16. Use someone briefly who would do well in a stand alone night wing movie. Nightwing is one of the cooler dc characters, don’t squander this chance. I like Hartnett or the non-Thor hemsworth

  17. Joe allegedly the film begins with Batman as having a falling out with a Robin hence the whole night wing scenario. Olga Kurylinko is rumored to be playing wonder women although allegedly it’s only playing Diana Prince…the last thing we require is ANOTHER origins tale. There are plenty of ways to establish a universe without an origins tale. My biggest fear is David Goyer who molested Blade III as a writer and director. Now Man of Steel was good in terms of the way the story was told and for a non typical origins story it was excellent – maybe he got lucky or maybe it was Nolan’s influence – either way I hope it continues with B vs S

  18. Justyn Cousino

    Matt Long, Jared Padalecki, or Joseph Gordon-Levittwould be perfect!

  19. Gustavo Adolfo Ⓥ

    Paul what did you think about Superman destroying half of Metropolis’ buildings with people inside them then crying over Zod? Or going to the middle of the Indian Ocean instead of saving Metropolis? Do you reckon Kal has a vendetta against Metropolis? Hates humans but loves only his own kind?

  20. I say Meryl Streep.
    They’re giving her just about every role these days, or so it would seem.

    Or Johnny Depp. He’s in everything. Sort of like Samuel L. Jackson, who I am thoroughly sick of seeing.

  21. weird, why is my comment “waiting moderation”?

  22. I am still against including Nightwing in this movie if they are also using it as a vessel to introduce WW. That being said, if they put him in as a small cameo (with a WW intro) or as a full intro (with no WW) then I would pick either Hartlet or Bomer. Bomer would be my first choice since I am a huge fan of his work on White Collar. I think he has the skills to pull off a tortured, but fun Grayson.

  23. Short Change

    Hell yeah bring as many as u can, gotta play catch up wit Marvel, DC do da damn thang!!!!!!, I wanna see Nightwing!!

  24. I can forgive those issues – they were trying to make it a super hero movie. It was in post production for almost 4 yrs! I have a friend who worked on it and he says the real reason it was delayed was the cut of the film. Originally Snyder had it as a linear story. No flashbacks, and the battle at the end was only very very short – then when he finished that cut it just didn’t work – was flat and full of slow spots and came in at 3+hrs! That was when Nolan was brought in as a consultant. He allegedly was the one who broke it up as flashbacks and wanted Snyder to make it bigger and more superhero than Batman which he knew if DC wanted to progress with Justice League his version of Batman just couldn’t compete with a Superman – which is really logical IMHO. Man of Steel achieves what it sets out to do – the more I watch it the more I think it’s really really well told! I like Snyder as a director – Sucker Punch is just so under rated as a film and his watchman got criticism is didn’t deserve.

  25. Noel Segura

    still think it’s a bad idea. Hope they thought this movie out well, because so far it doesn’t seem that way

  26. Also did you know all the armour on the Phantom Zone bad guys was CGI? Even the stuff around Zods neck! All CGI – amazing stuff….

  27. Gustavo Adolfo Ⓥ

    I actually loved Watchmen. Man of steel works as three separate films. The third part though really had plot holes you could drive buses through. I didn’t mind Suckerpunch I would have preferred an r rated version of it.

  28. Yeh but let’s face it it’s Superman – it’s gonna have plot holes – also you can see the editing issues in that 3rd act – especially with Lois who seems to be everywhere at once! But again that was part of the process they had with this film – credit to them – the film in totally actually works bloody well as a origins story without it feeling too much like an origins story. Would have been hard to distill it down into what it was….props to them. Sucker Punch worked as it is on so many levels….

  29. Well if we’re talking possibilities then Jared should have the role of Grayson while Ackells has Jason Todd if they were to incorporate robin in the future films.