The DCEU slate has some fascinating projects currently in development, but few have us intrigued quite like Nightwing. Helmed by The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay, the project has remained firmly under wraps since its initial announcement, with McKay only delivering sporadic updates as it has pushed through development. However, his latest update sounds like one of the most telling yet, as McKay has officially teased a major reveal for the Nightwing movie in February. McKay took to social media and posted:
That's admittedly not much to work with, but it at least promises that we will get more information about Nightwing within the next few months. Casting for the movie has been a major source of fan speculation in recent weeks (particularly after the mention of an open casting call for actors to portray Dick Grayson), so that stands as one major possibility. Casting is also typically one of the first things that we learn about a movie, so it makes quite a bit of sense for that to be the next major announcement following the reveal that the project is happening in the first place.
With that said, as of right now, it's still impossible to know exactly what Chris McKay's tweet means for the future of the project. A casting announcement seems like a somewhat logical choice, but there are plenty of other developments that we could see materialize when February rolls around. Chief among these possible updates are an official release date, a subtitle for the film, a more fleshed out cast of characters, or even a proper synopsis of the project.
Despite how tight-lipped Chris McKay has been about the Nightwing movie in recent months, he has still let a few key details out while promoting other films. In fact, while speaking with CinemaBlend about his producing role on The LEGO Ninjago Movie, McKay specifically told us that he intends to include nods to Dick Grayson's history with Haly's Circus in the hero's solo movie, and that he intends to craft action sequences so complex that they will actually force the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science to create an Oscar category for stunt work. When you take all of that into consideration, it probably becomes pretty clear to see why we're so excited about this film, and the possibilities that it creates by scaling things down from the DCEU's standard city-destroying action.
For those of you who are less familiar with the character, Nightwing is actually an adult version of Dick Grayson, a.k.a the first Robin to ever work with Batman. After growing tired of living in Batman's shadow, Dick eventually drops the mantle of Robin and takes on the persona of Nightwing (named for a Kryptonian hero of the same name) to fight crime in Gotham's sister city, Bludhaven. He's one of DC's most beloved characters, and his solo movie promises to give us something wholly unique in the Bat Family corner of the DCEU.
CinemaBlend will keep you posted with more information about the status of Chris McKay's Nightwing movie as new details are made available. As for the exploits of Dick Grayson's mentor, you can now catch Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne on the silver screen in Zack Snyder's Justice League, which is currently in theaters.