If you want to play Nightwing in the upcoming DCEU live-action film at Warner Bros. Pictures, be prepared to go to extraordinary lengths according to the film’s director Chris McKay.
Bill Dubuque (“The Accountant”) is writing the script about Dick Grayson, the youngest member of a family of acrobats who became Batman’s sidekick Robin and then left him to set out on his own as the hero Nightwing.
McKay, coming off the success of “The LEGO Batman Movie,” revealed on Twitter this week how his “Nightwing” movie is progressing and admits his deep affection for the character means he’s not going to accept someone for the role unless they’re fully committed:
“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. And 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.”
Grayson is an incredibly athletic hero, meaning the film’s star will need to be extraordinarily nimble for the stunt and martial arts-heavy feature, along with being ready for some psychological stresses:.
“He has to. It has to be a 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.”
McKay’s wording indicates no-one has been set for the role yet, and there’s no production timetable presently in place.