Chris McKay Talks About Casting Dick Grayson In The Nightwing Movie

Author Thumbnail BY Bayani Miguel Acebedo - July 16, 2017

After the success of the Lego Batman Movie, Warner Bros was confident enough to have director Chris McKay take over the live-action Nightwing movie which will focus on Batman’s protégé Dick Grayson. As of now, no one has been cast for the role, and McKay opens up about his thoughts on the character and what an actor needs to get the job.

According to Screen Rant, McKay says that whoever wins the role of Nightwing will have to go through a grueling physical process. He says:

“He has to. It has to be full commitment. Every day. It is going to be grueling from a martial arts, gymnastics and stunt perspective. Also emotionally taxing. It’s going to be real.”

As for getting the character right, McKay also 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. 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.”

I have to admit, he has a point. Unlike with Superman and Batman, we didn’t really get to watch their entire origin stories unfold before our eyes. Nightwing was a character that was different since we got to watch him grow as Robin, and then evolve into his own superhero.

I don’t know how McKay plans to execute that in his Nightwing movie, but hopefully Warner Bros is giving him enough time to develop it properly. We don’t want another Suicide Squad in our hands.

No official release date has been set for Nightwing.

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Bayani Miguel Acebedo is a pop-culture dork. When he's not scouring the internet for news on the latest movies and games, he's building Star Wars model kits and playing Overwatch. He's a huge Star Wars geek, and his favorite X-Wing pilot is Jek Porkins. He likes Kevin Smith and Jared Hess movies, and he also does cosplay. What a nerd.