What's Going On with DC's Nightwing Movie, According To The Director


Out of all the projects currently in the works for the silver screen DC universe, few have fans quite as excited as Nightwing. Dick Grayson's first solo movie will represent the culmination of decades of stories in animation, video games, and comics, and the decision to bring The LEGO Batman Movie's Chris McKay onboard to direct has been widely met with praise by many fans. With that in mind, we still haven't heard much about the project in a while, but McKay recently took to Twitter to share an update on the script and to remind us not to expect casting news anytime soon. McKay wrote:

Hi! Some early VDay news: Nightwing script expected very soon. Working on rip-o-matic to show studio. This is going to be a LONG process. So don't expect casting news any time soon. We are taking our time. Expect big things from DC, Geoff Johns and WB team! Exciting year ahead!!

If nothing else, it seems that the story for the Nightwing movie will be finished very soon. As of right now, Chris McKay merely is working on rip-o-matic (in layperson's terms, it's a fake trailer using footage from existing movies to sell a studio on style and tone) but he doesn't expect to have any casting information for us anytime soon. McKay is well-known among fans for his love of Batman (just look at the number of Easter eggs in The LEGO Batman Movie), so he seems to want to take his time with this.

Despite the fact that Chris McKay hasn't provided fans with too many updates about that status of the Nightwing solo movie, he has very apparently kept an eye on the fact that there's quite a bit of fan enthusiasm for the project. In fact, following his initial update, McKay even posted a poll gauging fan interest in a variety of qualities that his Dick Grayson actor will need to have.

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Of course, the fact that the script is almost complete means that the folks involved in the movie seem to have locked down a story that they want to work with. Until recently, we didn't know much about Nightwing beyond some of the nuggets that Chris McKay offered up during the press junket for The LEGO Ninjago Movie last year. Chief among these was the fact that the film will feature nods to Dick Grayson's past in Haly's Circus, as well as the fact that a serious premium is being placed on the action; McKay even went on to admit that he thinks the film will force The Oscars to create a stunt category. If you're a Nightwing fan, then now seems like the right time to start gearing up for the "exciting year ahead."

For now, it looks like we're just going to have to keep waiting until Chris McKay finally provides us with some updates about the Nightwing movie's cast and story. Until then, make sure to watch out for the DCEU's next installment when James Wan's Aquaman premieres in theaters on December 21.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.