‘Lego Batman’ Director’s Next Project? Nightwing

By February 24, 2017

Chris McKay has graduated from superheroes made out of Legos, to superheroes made out of actual people.

Superheroes like Nightwing, the latest DC Comics character Warner Bros. has decided to bring to the silver screen. And The Lego Batman Movie director McKay is in line to helm it, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Nightwing project joins Warner Bros.’ growing DC extended universe as the studio focuses on mining some of DC’s most-beloved characters for new films. As an example, Gotham City Sirens, with David Ayer attached to direct, will focus on the female villains of the universe, including Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

Nightwing was first introduced in 1963 as an alter-ego of Superman. However, the character moved over to the Batman side in the 1980s as part of the Teen Titans series as a persona adopted by Dick Grayson after he graduates from being Batman’s sidekick, Robin.

In fact, it was Superman’s earlier use of the character that inspires Grayson to take on the persona later.

McKay’s take would be the first true live-action version of Nightwing, although his presence has been rumored in a number of projects in the past. But in actuality, it would not be McKay’s first time dealing with the character. In fact, some aspects of Nightwing popped up in The Lego Batman Movie, which has now earned $184 million globally in just a little more than two weeks.

Before Lego Batman, McKay’s work has focused almost entirely on television, in comedy shows like Robot Chicken and Adult Swim’s Moral Orel. It was Robot Chicken, however, where he’s seen the most success, earning four Emmy nominations and winning one as part of an overall team effort in 2010.

It’s not clear how Nightwing would tie into the overall DC cinematic universe, especially with Ben Affleck’s Batman – which finally found a new director this week. Forget that, Warner Bros. still hasn’t even shared if we’re going to see the Grayson version of Nightwing, or some other character take on the role – as it was an identity adopted by a number of people in comics over the years.

What we do know is that Warner Bros. has tapped Bill Dubuque to write the script. He broke into the screenwriting scene as one of the scribes of 2014’s The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

More recently, he wrote The Accountant starring current Batman, Ben Affleck, as well as Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons. Dubuque also is one of the creators of Ozark, a new drama starring Jason Bateman that is filming right now for Netflix.

When could we see Nightwing? No clue right now. But DC’s next filmWonder Woman, is due June 2.

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