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The Nightwing movie director discusses why the character is so important

July 17th, 2017 by Marc Comments

Ok, in case you’re worried that the Nightwing movie is in the wrong hands at Warners, we want to tell you it’s not.

Director Chris McKay, who directed The LEGO Batman Movie, has been talking about the character and why he’s important and we recon he definitely ‘gets’ it.


“The story of Dick Grayson, becoming Robin, then becoming Nightwing played out for us, the audience, in the comics in REAL TIME. It wasn’t a flashback,” says McKay.

“We experienced it. So all of Robin/Nightwing’s successes and failures we were along for the ride. And people that underestimated Robin or dismissed him perhaps had their opinions changed as we watched him “grow up” right in front of us. His relationships, his conflicts with Batman et al felt real to me because he was the window character with which we experienced Gotham City.”

On the actor they find for the role, McKay says they need to be physically ready for the role because it’s not something to take lightly but rather is a big commitment: “It has to be full commitment. Every day. It is going to be grueling from a martial arts, gymnastics and stunt perspective. Also emotionally taxing. It’s going to be real.”

We love that McKay has such a fundamental understanding of who Dick Grayson/Nightwing is post-Robin.

He really sees the character as a way into this universe – he’s not Batman or Superman, he’s more human; more real. It’ll be interesting to see if this version is based in Gotham or will have made it to Bludhaven in the movie. Another location would be great in the universe, though.

What do you all think? Is McKay the man for the job? Let us know…

Source: Screenrant

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….