Chris McKay is very happy with Warner Bros. and how it gives its filmmakers the creative freedom to craft their own films, especially those under the DC Extended Universe banner. The director is set to helm the already announced Nightwing standalone project, which will officially introduce Dick Grayson into the DCEU and will follow the character after he severed his partnership with Batman as Robin, and is now operating on his own.
Not much is known regarding the specifics of the film. No casting or target release date has been announced as of yet. That said, McKay has a strong opinion as to how he wants his DCEU project to pan out. Written by The Accountant‘s scriptwriter, Bill Dubuque, the filmmaker hopes to craft the film with fewer computer graphics and more practical effects. When it comes to action sequences, he teases intense martial arts influence and a lot of hand-to-hand combat, which would prompt whoever nabs the role under extreme physical training. McKay seems confident that his vision will come to fruition thanks to the faith Warner Bros. has in its director.
While doing the press rounds for The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which he produced, McKay emphatically championed Warner Bros., especially with the way the studio collaborates with directors to bring movies to the big screen. In an interview with Metro he said:
“Warner Bros. is a more director-driven studio. Period. The end. More than any other studio you’re ever going to work at. Just look at the roster of world class filmmakers that have worked at Warner Bros and made it their home. Warner Bros is a director-driven studio, and that’s exactly how they are operating these movies.”
The filmmaker continued by touching on the subject of the DC-Marvel ‘rivalry,’ explaining that Warners’ scheme is “why these movies are not trying to follow the Marvel model, they’re trying to do their own thing with filmmakers that they like, and produce things that are wholly original and wholly unique.” That said, McKay reiterated that the studio is still very keen on creating its own cinematic universe, but it is not an easy process:
“They still want to build a universe, and that’s why it takes a lot of time and a lot of people banging their heads together trying to figure out what to do. Because it’s hard. It’s hard to get all these people, and all these egos, and all this stuff in one place and get it all to work out. But they are committed to that, and that’s what’s amazing about working with Jon [Berg] and Geoff [Johns]. They’re real partners, and so is everyone at the Warner Bros. family.”
It is no secret that Hollywood has long been plagued with director vs. film studio problems. DCEU is not exactly devoid of this with the departure of two directors from The Flash movie and continues rumors about internal discord among folks involved in its franchise-building. But it is nice to know that McKay is working well with the studio and its execs to bring the project to life. Nightwing is still in the very early stages of development and unless Warner Bros. does a schedule reshuffling, it is possible that we will not see the film in the next several years as it already chock full of other previously announced projects.
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