Of all the films on the current DC slate, one of the most exciting of the bunch is Chris McKay's Nightwing movie. The LEGO Batman Movie director will bring us our first live-action silver screen Dick Grayson since the Joel Schumacher years, and fans have wondered who will eventually step in for the titular role. One name that has been thrown around is none other than Baywatch star Zac Efron, but it looks like there's not much truth to those rumors. When asked by a fan whether or not Zac Efron had been confirmed as the latest incarnation of Dick Grayson, Chris McKay took to Twitter and wrote:
Those rumors of Zac Efron stepping in as Dick Grayson have been greatly exaggerated. Though he definitely has the physique, charisma, and on-screen presence to portray someone as badass as Nightwing, Chris McKay wants all of us to know that the Neighbors star has not been signed for the film just yet.
Of course, Chris McKay's tweet doesn't provide much information beyond his decision to refute the Zac Efron rumors. We still have no idea who is actually in the running to portray Nightwing in the DCEU, and casting rumors have run rampant as the movie has developed. For all we know, Zac Efron could technically be in the running for the role; he just hasn't been confirmed yet. At this point, we're just going to have to wait and see what happens.
Chris McKay has made no secret of the fact that he wants to perform an exhaustive search for Nightwing in his development of the young hero's movie. He has regularly kept fans updated on the status of the project in recent months, noting that everything needs to be perfect in order to "blow your mind." In layperson's terms: he's taking his time with the film, and he doesn't seem overly eager to announce any casting yet.
With all of that said, what we do know about Nightwing has us very excited about where the DCEU could go from here. Chris McKay has spoken passionately about the film since signing on as its director last year, and he has promised insane action and a deep dive into Dick Grayson's past. Given the amount of depth he was able to add to The LEGO Batman Movie, we feel inclined to believe that he could do the same with the grown-up Robin.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to the development of the Nightwing movie as new details (particularly details related to casting) become available to us. Until then, make sure to keep an eye on our 2018 movie premiere guide and start gearing up for the first solo adventure of Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) later this year when James Wan's Aquaman premieres on December 21.
What do you think of Zac Efron possibly playing Nightwing in the DCEU?