When it was announced that Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie) will helm a solo Nightwing film we were all excited, but since then we haven’t heard about a lot of development with the project. There was no talk of Nightwing at comic-con and the studio hasn’t announced an actor for the role.
While talking to Collider, McKay finally opened up about the project and revealed why he’s so passionate about the character.
“You always thought Robin was the dork and were like, ‘I don’t want to be like Robin. I don’t want to play with Robin. I wanna play Batman.’ But Robin was there as a window character for little kids like me to understand Batman’s world and see into Batman’s world. There’s no other character in comics that went through this real-time transition. Every other character lives in a rough version of the age that they’re in. Very few characters actually grow up in the comics and become something else, and go from being a boy to being an adult, and have their own life and become their own thing.”
McKay then went on to discuss his approach to the film, including his use of CGI and the casting process for Dick Grayson.
“It’s gonna be a fucking badass action movie with a lot of heart and emotion. It’s gonna be a crazy, fun ride. Whoever gets cast as Nightwing, and any of the other actors around, are gonna go through a fucking boot camp experience because it’s gonna be a lot. I’m not gonna do a lot of CG. It’s gonna be all real shit. It’s gonna be real stuntwork, and they’re gonna need to do all of the stuff on camera and do it credibly. For the cast and the crew, it’s gonna be a visceral experience, and for the audience. It’s not gonna be like a lot of these movies where there’s a lot of CG and flying, and things like that. Everything he does is gonna have to be real. His superpower is being really fucking good, as a human being, at fighting and gymnastics and shit like that, so you’re gonna see that on screen. It’s gonna be fun!”
Warner Bros. still hasn’t given an official release date for the Nightwing movie and McKay has previously stated that he will take his time to get it right. It’s likely that the film will be released after scheduled films like Suicide Squad 2, Wonder Woman 2, Flashpoint and The Batman. Are you excited about McKay’s approach to the film? Let me know in the comments section below!