The age of the heroes may have only just come again in the DC Extended Universe, but for Ben Affleck's Batman, the battle against the forces of evil has been going on for more than two decades. And in keeping with the Batman mythology, the latest cinematic Caped Crusader has had several allies aid him in his mission, including Dick Grayson, who we'll soon meet in the upcoming Nightwing movie. That's right, just like in the comics, Dick will have left his life as Robin behind in favor of striking out on his own.
Since Nightwing is one of the many DCEU projects in development, few details have been announced. However, director Chris McKay (who previously helmed The LEGO Batman Movie) recently revealed that Dick Grayson's solo adventure will include a nod to his time at Haly's Circus, where Dick grew up before his parents died and he was adopted by Bruce Wayne. That's definitely worth addressing in Nightwing, but we've compiled several other important elements the movie needs to throw in to make this feel like a proper Nightwing tale for the silver screen.
The Reason Why Dick Became Nightwing
Almost everyone familiar with Batman also knows about Dick Grayson being Robin, but it's safe to say that a lot of folks who don't follow the DC Comics mythology don't know that Dick eventually becomes Nightwing. So for the "regular" moviegoers who sit down to watch the Nightwing movie, it might be weird for them to see Dick wearing his black and blue uniform rather than the traditional red, yellow and green Robin duds. That's why the Nightwing movie needs to set some time aside to explain why Dick decided to take on the Nightwing mantle, be it because he wanted to assert his independence or because he had a falling-out with Batman or some other reason. A flashback sequence would be the best way to shed light on this, but if that's not doable, then Nightwing should at least find a way to have Dick explain the reason for his identity shift to someone.
Nightwing still works with Batman and the rest of the Bat-Family frequently, meaning he spends a fair amount of time in classic Gotham City. However, for the purposes of the Nightwing movie, it's important that Dick has some distance from his old stomping grounds. Fortunately, he has a city to call his own from the comics: Bludhaven. In 1996, Dick moved to Bludhaven to investigate a series of murders, later becoming the city's official protector. Dick recently moved to Bludhaven in the DC Rebirth continuity, so it only seems appropriate that the DCEU's Nightwing fight crime in that city rather than stick around Gotham City. In Bludhaven, he can step away from his menacing mentor's shadow and establish his own reputation. Having the movie set in a different city also hammers home the point that Batman won't be swinging by to bail Nightwing out of a messy situation.