'Nightwing' Director Chris McKay Loves that the Character Isn't So Grim

Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 7:58PM
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Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 7:58PM
'Nightwing' Director Chris McKay Loves that the Character Isn't So Grim
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When Warner Bros. announced they're putting together a Nightwing movie with director Chris McKay, one of the first questions that came up was "How dark will this movie be?" The DC Extended Universe has been grim so far, with Superman being gritty and Batman becoming even grittier, but attaching McKay (who just directed The Lego Batman Movie) to Nightwing could brighten things up.

And McKay indeed plans to brighten things up, if his appearance on the Shanlian on Batman podcast is any indication. After a long discussion of Lego Batman (which he describes as "What if the Ben Affleck version of Batman and the Burt Ward version of Robin were stuck in a Batmobile together?"), he explains his vision for the character of Dick Grayson. Despite being crime fighters who lost their parents, Bruce Wayne and Grayson are completely different: Batman grew up a brooding rich kid, but Nightwing grew up a poor circus performer who's remained in good spirits.

Here's McKay's full breakdown of Bruce Wayne vs. Dick Grayson, which starts at 22:45 in the podcast:
Opening quote
"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's got all these negatives and then even more negatives, and yet he remains still a brutal fighter but he's not a playboy, he loves people dearly. Those things are why I like Dick Grayson, why I like the idea of Nightwing as a movie."
Closing quote


Whenever Grayson gets introduced the DCEU, which could be in The Batman if it ever happens, he'll hopefully be there to check Batman's sour demeanor. And as for who could play Nightwing, there's been plenty of speculation already, and Supernatural's Jared Padalecki is on record as saying he'd love to. But that's a ways off from now.

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