Nightwing Director Chris McKay Says The Movie’s Not Dead

Nightwing comic book panel

Warner Bros. has a lot of DC Comics related plates spinning right now. While many different projects have been announced, many of them are in nebulous states of development. One of the films we haven't heard much about recently is the Nightwing movie. You'd be forgiven if you thought that project had faded away, but according to director Chris McKay, that's not the case. In response to a recent tweet from a fan asking if the movie was dead, McKay said...

No. You're going to have to wait tho. Keep hope alive. To paraphrase Dick Grayson: Nightwing lives. Always.

So, while the Nightwing movie isn't dead, fans shouldn't be expecting much to happen with it anytime soon. Chris McKay doesn't go into any further detail about why we're going to have to wait. It could be that the movie just isn't ready yet, that the script still needs work before things can really go anywhere. It could also just be the fact that Warner Bros. doesn't plan for Nightwing to go into production for a while and so there's no reason for anything about it to move forward.

At this point, the DC Universe is set through the summer of 2020, with Aquaman, Shazam!, Birds of Prey, and Wonder Woman 1984 each set for release over the next couple of years. There's also that Joker movie coming next year. If we're counting that one, it's not part of the same DC universe.

After that, things get a little more cloudy. Matt Reeves has continued working on a Batman movie, that may or may not star Ben Affleck. If that film comes next, in say 2021, and it would make a certain amount of sense for a Nightwing movie to follow a Batman movie, then Nightwing could be three years away or more. If that's the case, there's really no reason for the hype train to start now.

And there's no guarantee that Nightwing will even happen that quickly. There's also a Flash solo movie that's supposed to happen, a sequel to Suicide Squad, and somewhere between two and 200 other projects with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn in development, I've lost count. Oh, and Supergirl, I almost forgot that one.

Still, it's great news that the Nightwing movie is still active, even if it's not going to be on the front burner for a while. He's a popular character and it's clear that a lot of people would like to see this movie. The response on Twitter to the movie's non-death is quite strong.

So, while we may not have much news to report on the Nightwing movie here for a while, keep your eyes peeled because at some point down the road that will change. Once we know what's up with Nightwing, we'll have all the info here on CinemaBlend.

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