DC’s fledgling Extended Universe of films has some bold plans for the coming years, expanding the Suicide Squad franchise, while introducing a handful of brand new heroes. It’s their most recent addition that has us most intrigued though. Warner/DC unveiled plans to feature a full-on standalone Nightwing movie, as they continue to renew their commitment to create a Batman-centric movieverse. But who exactly is Nightwing, and why is he so damn important?
1. Nightwing was the original Robin
Before he was ever Nightwing, Dick Grayson was the first character to ever don the mantle of Batman’s sidekick, Robin. More than that, he’s the version of Robin that fans are most familiar with, both in comics and in TV and movies.
As a young man, Grayson was adopted by Bruce Wayne following the death of his family at the hands of a mafia boss, later going on to break the Dark Knight of his broody “I work alone” philosophy.