When it comes to Warner’s plans for a live-action Nightwing movie – plans that were initially put into place back in February – the search for Dick Grayson is ongoing, but that hasn’t stopped writer-director Chris McKay from maintaining an open dialogue with curious fans via Twitter.
McKay, who is perhaps best known for his celebrated work on The LEGO Batman Movie, has taken to the social media platform this week to clear up a bit of confusion. You see, last month at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. revealed logos for most of the films populating their upcoming DCEU slate. However, several movies were missing, including Nightwing.
Some fans took its absence to mean that perhaps it’s a lot further away than we initially thought. Or worse yet, cancelled. Now, however, the director’s sorted everything out, saying on Twitter that he’s taking his time with the movie and is in no rush to push it into production – which is encouraging to hear, if not a little disappointing.
“I’ve turned down films because they were backed into a release date that made it difficult to make a great film. This isn’t going to be like that. I want this movie to blow you away. We need time to get it right,” said McKay.
What the director says here makes perfect sense, as it’s quite important that he get the character and tone of the film right. After all, this endeavor is a vastly different beast from The LEGO Batman Movie and it’s crucial that all who are involved comprehend that. Despite Nightwing’s penchant for cracking jokes in the field, we mustn’t forget that he still inhabits the same dark world as Batman. In other words, he’s the light in the darkness.
More than that, though, if McKay manages to pull off a Nightwing movie in a satisfying manner, we could be looking at a new franchise. Think about it: You could utilize villains like the Riddler, Deathstroke and others here, effectively giving it the same mainstream appeal of the Batman films while still being its own thing.
So, with all that in mind, it’s definitely easy to see why the director’s taking his time with the project, and though we may have to wait a bit longer than expected to see it take flight, if it means a more polished and well executed final product, then that’s absolutely fine with us.