A few weeks back, Warner Brothers films confirmed that they had allotted Lego Batman director Chris McKay to the director a solo Nightwing movie. The movie is currently in the development phase, and according to the reports DC wants to launch the film by the end of 2019.
NW is Dick Grayson, the first sidekick of Batman as Robin. After years of fighting crime together, Robin felt that Batman still doesn’t trust him, manipulates his teammates and he even went ahead called him selfish.
All these instances led to a heated altercation between them, and Dick finally left the Bat family. He took up a new identity as Nightwing and now fights crime in Gotham without relying on Batman or his resources unless the circumstances demand.
There is also a famous Comic Book Issue known as Batman R.I.P, where Dick puts on the cowl of Batman in his absence. Dick is an important character that has its enormous fan base and packs a ton of potential for DC’s extended Cinematic Universe.
There hasn’t been any official Dick Grayson movie or live-action adaptation till this date. Dick is more humorous and relatable to the public than any of the major DC characters, and if Warner Bros can get the right person to play this role, nothing can stop this movie from becoming one of the best Superhero movies of all time.
All the DC films till this date have not hit the Avengers-like note when it comes to a wholesome success. All DC flicks have been notable financial successes, but most of them were butchered by the critics. Dick’s character is a fresh concept for the live-action audience; it can open a new dimension for the DC’s shared universe.
Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) has penned the script, and the studio has approved it. The cast selection for Grayson’s character is undergoing, and we’ve got reports that 6 actors got the auditions calls, and their tests will begin in a few months from now.
Chris Mckay, the director for this film, has already worked with the character of Robin during his mega hit “Lego Batman” movie that dominated the domestic box-office for weeks together.
Lego Batman is not at all the definitive version of Batman, but Chris is a talented director who has the capability to mix humor with action and bring an entirely new angle to the comic book characters.
If you look at his work in the three seasons of Robot Chicken that he has developed, you will see an incredible talent of giving characters their own distinct unorthodox aura that connects with the audience in an amusing way.
It is extremely hard to mock a fan-favorite character and still make the audience laugh. We have no reservations about the success of this movie if Chris’s vision of the “first sidekick of Batman” is allowed to actualize on the big screen in its purest form.
Zack Snyder has already confirmed that Robin is dead during the timeline of Batman V Superman. However, he hasn’t confirmed that which version of Robin got killed, and if we go by speculations it is Jason Todd. That means Dick might still be out fighting crime in parallel to Batman during BVS.
David Goyer is developing a movie based on Gotham Sirens, which will have antiheroines of DC teaming up to fight crime in Gotham. It will feature characters like Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy.
This movie could use some Nightwing’s action instead of plugging Batman in every film. There is also a solo Batman movie in works with legendary director Matt Reeves, that can surely get NW more room to shine and bring some significant value to the overall franchise.
Once Dick joins the DC movies, his role is going to become recurrent, and it will be a multi-movie deal for the actor playing this role.
Playing the part of such an important character in the DC Universe is an indispensable opportunity for any artists, and that’s the reason we keep seeing several well-established actors posting and sharing NW’s fan arts on their social media handles to make the creators aware that they are ready for this role.
According to a report from THR, 6 actors are under on the radar of the selection team, and here are the names of those actors.
Kit has become a household a name after his breakout role in Game Of Thrones. He looks exceptionally good which is actually a requirement for the role, we have seen him doing phenomenal acting in Game of Thrones, and most importantly, his presence in this movie is a good way to get the female audience into theaters as he has an enormous female following across the globe. He is like a Rated R Harry Potter for ladies due to his role of Jon Snow in Game Of Thrones. The only reason, he may be rejected is because of his London accent.
He is the bad-ass pizza delivery guy from the Walking Dead, whose death in the show made countless fans quit watching. There is already a petition in existence that has around half a million signatures to cast Steven as the first Robin in the DC Cinematic Universe. Steven’s character Glenn in Walking Dead has made a very special place in people’s hearts. Steven is also going to be one of the lead guys in the upcoming Snowpiercer TV series which is a sequel to the hit movie by the same name. Steven has a great chance of getting selected, and he is also going bring some diversity in the DCU.
Aaron has already performed two superhero roles in his career, that is Kick-Ass and Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Aaron has the physicality and the acting chops to bring an amazing Nightwing on the big screen. The only problem with Aaron is that he has grabbed a ton of negative light for playing the Quick Silver in the MCU. The writing of the movie didn’t allow Aaron to shine as Quick Silver. ATJ came out as a weak actor. However, DC’s cast specialists still think that he has what it takes to be the Nightwing, that’s the reason his name is on the list of contestants. We believe that Aaron can do well in the boots of Nightwing, as he will bring a sort of rebellious attitude because it is natural to him. He is just 26 right now, so if he gets to play the part, he will be the poster boy for DC movies in years to comes. We still believe that there are much better actors to play Nightwing than ATJ.
Rami Malek didn’t have any notable acts before his earth-shattering performance in Mr. Robot. He bagged several prestigious awards like Emmy and Critics Choice awards for his delivery in Mr. Robot; he also got nominated for Golden Globes. Rami has become a fan-favorite in the realm of Internet, and fans want to see him pretty much in every movie that’s out there. Rami may be over-qualified for the role of Nightwing in regards to acting, but he doesn’t look like Dick at all. Yet, Warner Brother production team thinks that he is fit for playing Dick. If you ask us, Rami is a great actor, and he may be able to give us a dark and gritty Grayson that may suit the current ecosphere built by Batman V Superman. But his selection is going to piss off a ton of DC fans because Rami’s doesn’t carry that attractive, manly & handsome aura that is a basic requirement for this role.
We have already seen the impressive performances of Richard in Game Of Thrones; there is no doubt that he could pull off an excellent Nightwing. He also packs a movie star look that brings him one step closer to the personality of the first Robin. Game Of Thrones is a massive hit across the globe, and his face is familiar to millions of people globally, having him on the movie is only going to help the DC’s extended movie universe. Maybe, that is the reason Richard is one of the finalists for the Nightwing’s part.
Finn is born to play the role of Nightwing. He looks like Dick Grayson just came out of the comic book pages, and now he is walking amongst us. And not just his appearance, Finn has done pretty much all sorts of characters in his career, and if you want to get mind your blown by his performance, check him out in American Horror Story Anthology series, Wittrock is the perfect Nightwing actor. For a change, DC and WB should cast an actor that doesn’t generate negative ripples in the fandom just because people can’t imagine them as their comic book counterparts. In our opinion, Finn is the right choice for the Nightwing’s position. But we will have to wait to see what’s going to be the outcome of this long and tedious selection process.