For many years, Batman has had an equally-beloved sidekick named Robin who, as an adult, became “Nightwing”. The role of Robin was created in 1940 by DC Comics. Now, DC Comics wants to expand the bat-family films by giving Nightwing and Batgirl solo movies.
Details about the project to make a Nightwing movie are scarce. When asked about it on Twitter, movie director Chris McKay confirmed that there will be such a movie, but said it’s in the “early stages” of production. The other 10 films DC Comics are currently producing movies and already have covers and actors. Nightwing has neither.
McKay also said that before he could cast anyone to play Nightwing, known formally as Dick Grayson, the actor would need to commit fully and have experience in martial arts, gymnastics, and stunt performance. In the comics, animated movies, and TV shows, Grayson was an acrobat in a circus who later trained with Batman. So, whoever portrays Nightwing will likely be very fit and ready for physical challenges.
McKay is very well versed in Nightwing’s story. He said on Twitter, “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. We experienced it. So all of Robin/Nightwing's successes and failures we were along for the ride.”
Before Grayson's character became a sidekick or even an independent hero, he performed in a circus with his family. Their act was called “The Flying Graysons.” Their last show was performed in Gotham. When a crime-boss got involved, Grayson watched helplessly as the high wire snapped and sent his parents to a deadly fall.
After that, Grayson spiraled out of control and landed in prison. Bruce Wayne later adopted him but wasn’t around much. Left alone, Grayson soon found out that Bruce was actually Batman, the “Gotham Knight.” Batman then offered Grayson the position of his sidekick, and Grayson accepted and took the name “Robin”.
One night during a mission, Robin failed to save a hostage. Batman was forced fire him. Robin later formed a superhero team called the Teen Titans, but they soon grew up and disbanded.
By that time, Robin was a grown man. He needed a fresh start as an independent hero, and he needed a new suit. So he changed his name to “Nightwing”.
Grayson's character has appeared in previous animated movies but McKay's upcoming film projects will include a real, live actor and a more modern feel.
Nightwing's story will be a lot to capture in one film, and I for one can't wait to see it.
[Sources: ComicBook.com DCComics.com; Superherodb.com; CinemaBlend.com; Twitter.com/buddboetticher]