Following a successful stint on ‘Robot Chicken’ and a number of other Adult Swim shows, Chris McKay successfully transitioned to films in a big way by co-directing ‘The LEGO Movie’. He then followed up by making his feature film directorial debut with the spinoff ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’. But now it looks like he’s lining up his first live-action film and if things work out, this next project could propel him even further into Batman mythology.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, McKay is currently in negotiations to helm a DC Cinematic Universe film featuring Nightwing, the second superhero mantle for original Dark Knight sidekick Dick Grayson. While details surrounding the former Boy Wonder’s introduction into the DCCU are currently unknown, we do know that the script is currently being written by Bill Dubuque of ‘The Accountant’ and ‘A Family Man’ fame. For all we know, it could touch on the events that lead to Batman having a Robin suit with Joker graffiti all over it in the Batcave. (I mean, maybe we shouldn’t hold our breath on that because of Zack Snyder, but it’s definitely a possibility, right?)
If this deal does come through, it will mark the second time that McKay would get to handle Nightwing on the big screen. Well, kinda. During the scene in ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ where Michael Cera’s Robin is picking out a costume to wear on missions with the Caped Crusader, one option is labeled as the “Nightwing Suit” and bears a slight resemblance to Grayson’s original Nightwing gear from the comics. However, if McKay and WB come to an agreement about this film, the director will get to do a whole lot more than simply allude to the leader of the Teen Titans and long-time member of the Bat Family with an Easter egg.
What do you think about Chris McKay directing a Nightwing movie for DC and WB? Do you think that this would be the perfect project for the filmmaker to make the jump to live-action movies? And what would you want to see in a solo film starring Dick Grayson? Let us know in the comments.