Back in 2017, Warner Brothers announced a Nightwing feature film was on its way. The project would serve as an origin story for the masked identity adopted by Dick Grayson after relinquishing his role as Batman’s wisecracking sidekick, Robin. The studio tapped The Lego Batman Movie’s Chris McKay to helm the superhero caper, with a script by Ozark creator Bill Dubuque. Audiences eagerly awaited the beloved addition to the DCEU and the Bat Family, but then… nothing.
It appeared as if Nightwing joined the ranks of other shelved movies—most notably the Aquaman spinoff, The Trench, David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens, Ava DuVernay’s The New Gods, Greg Berlanti’s Booster Gold, and the Joe Manganiello-starring Deathstroke—in developmental or cancellation hell. But with McKay’s live-action directorial debut, the sci-fi blockbuster The Tomorrow War, landing on Amazon next month, he’s hoping the powers that be will sit up, take notice, and get Nightwing off the ground.
“What I hope is that Warner Brothers and DC watch The Tomorrow War and get really excited again about the Nightwing movie that we’ve been talking about,” McKay tells Den of Geek. “I hope that we get a chance to go out and make that Dick Grayson and Nightwing film. That particular part of Robin, growing from being under Batman to becoming Nightwing, and Bludhaven and all that stuff… It’s a really personal story to me.”
To assert his independence, Dick Grayson retired his Robin persona and assumed the Nightwing moniker in 1984’s comic book, Tales of the Teen Titans #44. Although he would continue to lead the Titans, Nightwing’s solo adventures usually took place in Gotham City or the neighboring Bludhaven. And from the sounds of it, Dick’s rich history, evolution, and escapades would have provided the blueprint for the Nightwing film adaptation.