NIGHTWING Director Chris McKay Talks About His Approach To The Movie and Casting
Earlier this year, it was announced that Chris Mckay, the director of The LEGO Batman Movie, would direct the live-action adaptation of Nightwing for Warner Bros. slate of DCEU films. I loved what he did with The LEGO Batman Movie, so I'm looking forward to seeing how he handles the character Nightwing.
McKay took to Twitter recently to talk about Dick Grayson and his road to becoming Nightwing. it also gives us an idea of how he intends to approach the character when making the film. He explains:
“The story of Dick Grayson, becoming Robin, then becoming Nightwing played out for us, the audience, in the comics in REAL TIME. It wasn’t a flashback. We experienced it. So all of Robin/Nightwing’s successes and failures we were along for the ride.”
“People that underestimated Robin or dismissed him perhaps had their opinions changed as we watched him “grow up” right in front of us. His relationships, his conflicts with Batman et al felt real to me because he was the window character with which we experienced Gotham City.”
There are so many stories to tell with Nightwing, so many different directions to take the character. One thing I doubt McKay's movie will be, though, is an origin story. Yeah, I'm, sure there will be some flashbacks to show certain aspects of his past, but I think the movie will pick up with Nightwing after already being in action for awhile. When talking about casting the character, he goes on to say:
"He has too. It has to be full commitment. Every day. It is going to be gruelling from a martial arts, gymnastics and stunt perspective. Also emotionally taxing. It's going to be real."
There's no word on when we'll see this Nightwing film, but while we wait, Warner Bros. has a slew of other DCEU films that they are currently developing. I don't expect Nightwing to show up in any of them anytime soon, though. Who knows, maybe we'll see him pop up in Matt Reeves' The Batman. There's got to be at least a name drop at some point.