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Chris McKay Talks Dick Grayson and the Nightwing Film



Fans of Dick Grayson (and his butt) were excited, and probably surprised, to hear that the first Robin will be getting his own live-action film as Nightwing.  Chris McKay, the director of the recently-released “The Lego Batman Movie”, will be the director of the as-of-yet-unnamed Nightwing film, and Bill Dubuque will be penning the script as we announced last week.  McKay spoke with the Shanlian on Batman podcast (via ScreenRant) about the difference between Bruce and Dick, and why McKay thinks the film is a good idea:


“Bruce Wayne in my mind came from privilege and I think that’s why he’s more dour and angry. He’s self-made as far as his becoming all of these cool things we like him for… Dick Grayson didn’t come from that. Dick Grayson came from a circus family. Essentially people who aren’t rich and they are self-made. They’re entertainers. They’re gymnasts. They’re people who live hand-to-mouth and that’s something that informs him and his attitude… he’s a fascinating guy to me, because he had all the same things happen to him. He’s got some of the same negatives as Bruce Wayne and then from a society standpoint — obviously he was adopted into Bruce Wayne’s life… but he didn’t start that way. He’s this guy who has all these negatives and then even more negatives and yet he remains… Those are things why I like Dick Grayson, why I like the idea of Nightwing as a movie.”


While this will not be the first time we’ve seen either Dick Grayson in live-action, it will most certainly be a different take on the character than what we have seen previously, as this film will be adding to and broadening the DC Extended Universe which has upcoming films “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League” already on slate for release in 2017.


Excited to see Dick Grayson on the big screen? what do you think of McKay’s thoughts on the character?

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