The upcoming Nightwing movie will feature several nods to Dick Grayson’s past, according to the movie’s director. The iconic DC Comics character will be headlining his own film sometime in the near future as part of Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe. Unfortunately, details on the production are scarce at this stage. So far, The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay has signed on to helm the project based on a script from The Accountant screenwriter Bill Dubuque.
The film was noticeably absent from the studio’s DCEU slate that was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer. DC Films head honcho Geoff Johns has previously stated that they will only reveal movies when they are ready, and that’s a notion that McKay has also expressed. He has stated before that he wants to make sure everything is right before he jumps into production. Of course, in addition to finding someone capable of portraying Grayson, that means fine-tuning the story so that it does the character and the fans justice – and that may mean bringing up the superhero’s past.
McKay has been busy promoting the upcoming release of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, and in an interview with CinemaBlend, the filmmaker revealed that his DCEU film, Nightwing, will contain nods to Dick Grayson’s past, presumably when he worked alongside Batman as his sidekick, Robin, as well as when he was originally a circus performer. Here’s what he said when he was asked about Grayson’s past coming up in the film: “Yes. In some form. There will be lots of nods. Lots of nods.”
For those that don’t know, Dick Grayson was originally an acrobat, the youngest performer from the circus family known as the Flying Graysons. Sadly, his parents were murdered, and Bruce Wayne eventually took in Dick and trained him to become his very first sidekick, Robin. He burst onto the scene in 1940, shortly after Batman had made his debut in Detective Comics the year prior. After spending years working alongside Batman, fighting crime in Gotham City and defending the planet from extraterrestrial threats, Dick eventually grew up and moved to Bludhaven, where he operates under the name Nightwing and tends to work with the Titans.
Although the character has yet to make his debut in the DCEU, audiences know that he’s out there somewhere. After all, the studio has already confirmed that the Robin suit seen in the Batcave in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice belonged to Jason Todd, the second Robin, who was brutally murdered by the Joker. Perhaps, in addition to Grayson’s time as an acrobat, his time working with Batman, as well as the effect Todd’s death had on him, will also come up in the Nightwing movie.
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