Knowing how broad the horizon is when it comes to DC films said to be arriving in theaters over the course of the next few years, we’ll be bold in saying that the movie we’re most looking forward to in a post-Justice League world may very well be Nightwing. Sure, we still love Batman himself, but we’ve grown quite accustomed to seeing him on the big screen and, let’s face it, a picture focused squarely on the Boy Wonder grown up is long, long overdue.
Luckily, it sounds like Warner Bros. have found the right guy to sit in the director’s chair, that being Chris McKay. Having already made the studio some serious dough with The LEGO Batman Movie, the filmmaker looks to continue his stay in Gotham City. Truth be told, we were a bit concerned as to whether he was the man for the job at first, given the animated flick’s comedic tone, but he’s since proven that he knows what makes Dick Grayson tick.
Normally, we’d expect such an endeavor to be on the fast track, but McKay has gone on record saying that he and others involved are taking their time, and aren’t being tied down to a theatrical date. Of course, that means it’ll probably be a while longer before we hear who’ll be playing the titular role, though one actor may have just slipped up and revealed his involvement.
Taking to Twitter last night, Power Rangers star Dacre Montgomery posted the photo below, deleting it 20 minutes afterwards with no explanation for his behavior.
Could this be a hint that the actor’s clinched the part? Is he teasing us by signaling that an announcement is imminent? Or, is he simply just having some fun with his fans? As always with this kind of thing, it’s hard to say, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on the casting front nonetheless.
Because with claims that Nightwing will release as a “f**ing badass action movie,” Chris McKay’s solo film has jumped straight to the top of our most-wanted list. What’s more, when delineating between Marvel and DC, The LEGO Batman Movie helmer recently drew attention to the latter’s “director-driven” approach and how it shapes the DC Extended Universe.
Warner Bros. is a more director-driven studio. Period. The end. More than any other studio you’re ever going to work at. Just look at the roster of world-class filmmakers that have worked at Warner Bros and made it their home. Warner Bros is a director-driven studio, and that’s exactly how they are operating these movies.
Exactly when Nightwing will take flight at WB is yet to be determined, but it seems those unfounded rumors of a late 2018 release date were wildly off base. Next up for the DCEU, though, is the release of Justice League on November 17th of this year. And if early reactions are any indication, it’s looking to be another big hit for the franchise, following the smashing success of Wonder Woman.