Fresh off of the news that Matt Reeves has signed on the dotted line to become the next Warner Bros director to helm The Batman, WB is at it again. The future of the DCEU continues to morph, as their original vision for the DC cinematic universe is an ever-changing phenomenon. It seems that the future of The Flash and Cyborg is up in the air, however there are plans for a Gotham City Sirens movie and a Suicide Squad sequel with Mel Gibson currently mulling over a deal to direct it.
Out of nowhere, a brand new project has surfaced that should perk up the ears on your cowl. According to a report from THR, The LEGO Batman Movie’s director Chris McKay is in talks to direct a live-action movie for DC Films based on Batman’s former protege, Nightwing. Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) is currently writing the script while the project seems to have been in development in the background for months now.
McKay is an interesting pick for the project, since he comes from the world of animation. He grew to acclaim satirizing superheroes on such shows as Robot Chicken and most recently with the smash hit, The LEGO Batman Movie. The latter has already grossed over $180 million dollars in two weeks time. The animated movie was a comedic take on Batman adopting Robin as his ward and eventual sidekick. So, all jokes aside, McKay could be well suited to direct, since its clear that he understands the dynamic relationship between Robin and Batman. And consequently, why Robin would feel compelled to leave the nest and be reborn as a new hero.
It’s unclear what other characters from the DC universe will be included in the movie. However, it’s hard to envision how to tell Nightwing’s story without including Batman, at least during flashbacks of his backstory. In the comics, Robin leaves the Batcave and changes his identity (and costume) to become Nightwing, then moves to Bludhaven to become that city’s protector. He also went on to become the leader of the Teen Titans. If the Cyborg movie is still in play, expect it to morph into a version of that Titans property, now that their team is being built organically with supporting characters from the DCEU. The future for DC Films is changing before our eyes and we will be sure to keep our eyes on this project.
There currently isn’t a release date for Nightwing.