As first reported in The Hollywood Reporter, the DC Comics character Nightwing is to have a movie released within the (panned) “DC Extended Universe”. At first, looking at the likes of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, there isn’t a reason for optimism towards this movie, however, Chris McKay – director of the widely adored The Lego Batman Movie – is set to direct the upcoming vigilante-based movie. Great news!
For those unfamiliar of the superhero: Nightwing is the older version of Dick Grayson, the original Robin. In the comics, Dick Grayson, in the early 1980s, dropped the guise of Robin in favour of becoming Nightwing.
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In film and TV, the baton-wielding vigilante has only appeared in a selection of animated movies and animated TV series – the most recognisable appearance occurring in The New Batman Adventures (1997-99). He has also featured in several Batman video games, particularly the LEGO games.
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At the moment, story/plot details are unknown – this movie could act as a prelude to a Teen Titans movie or could be an origins movie of Dick Grayson becoming Robin and later Nightwing – plenty of options.