There’s no shortage of superhero movies on the docket for the next five years, coming to us from both Marvel and DC. But while Marvel has thrived at the box office almost every year, DC stumbled out of the gates in the beginnings stages of its own movie-verse. The DC Extended Universe got off to a rocky start with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and matters weren’t helped much by the even worse reception of Suicide Squad.
Even if it doesn’t paint a happy picture, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the rest of DC’s coming attractions are doomed to fail. There’s a wealth of untapped potential still waiting to be adapted, and that’s where these ideas come in.
The story of Batman has been told to death in movies, cycling through multiple iterations and actors over a decades-long history of releases. It’s the Dark Knight’s iconic sidekick though who’s never gotten the depiction he so rightly deserves (yeah sorry, Batman & Robin was awful). So what better way to infuse Robin into the DCEU than with his adult alter ego, Nightwing?
Dick Grayson, not content to be Batman’s sidekick forever, strikes out on his own as the hero of Blüdhaven, a city more destitute and corrupt than even Gotham. All in all, it would make for a wonderful alternative to the classic Batman narrative, featuring a hero who’s every bit as capable as his former mentor.
Warner recently announced plans for a standalone Nightwing movie, with LEGO Batman director Chris McKay signed on to helm the project!