Nightwing is better known as Dick Grayson, who was the original Robin — as in, Batman’s famous sidekick. The character actually popped up in The LEGO Batman Movie, where he was voiced by Michael Cera. The Superbad star is not expected to reprise the heroic role in the live-action film.
In DC comics lore, Bruce Wayne took Grayson under his Batwing after the boy’s parents were murdered. Eventually, he became Robin and agreed to help Batman fight crime in Gotham City.
Robin has yet to appear in the DCEU, though his graffiti-covered suit made a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s anyone’s guess is to where the Nightwing movie will fit in the DCEU timeline.
The DCEU has a whirlwind month in the news, with Matt Reeves hemming and hawing before ultimately agreeing to direct The Batman on Thursday; David F. Sandberg signing on to direct Shazam; and Warner Bros. reportedly courting Mel Gibson to direct the Suicide Squad sequel. Let’s not forget that James Wan is about to start filming Aquaman, David Ayer is attached to direct Gotham City Sirens starring Margot Robbie, and the studio still has to find directors for The Flash, Cyborg and Black Adam.
The next two DCEU films to hit theaters will be Wonder Woman on June 2 and Justice League on Nov. 17, and there’s a lot riding on those tentpoles.
McKay has never directed a live-action feature before, but his LEGO Batman Movie has grossed $182 million worldwide thus far, so it’s a smart move for Warner Bros. to keep him in the DC family.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the Nightwing news.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief