Someone who didn’t appreciate the delight that was ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ took to Twitter to denounce Chris McKay as director of Warner Brothers’ ‘Nightwing’, fearing it would be a live action recreation of the wide-eyed juvenile Dick Grayson voiced by Michael Cera in this year’s animated hit. But McKay responded, indicating that not only would ‘Nightwing’ be different from the ‘LEGO’ take, but different than any ‘Batman’ adaptation that has previously been released.
This movie will be different than LEGO Batman, different than any other Gotham based film or TV show and will be a wholly original look at Robin/Dick Grayson. Don’t lose hope.
— Chris McKay (@buddboetticher) November 22, 2017
If you saw ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’, you know it was seeped in all things Batman. There were elements taken from more recent comics and the Christopher Nolan films, but it drew heavily from the Caped Crusader’s entire history, including villains like the Mutants from ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ to obscurities like Condiment King and Zebra Man. It was like McKay took DC’s old ‘Who’s Who’ comic from the ’80s and recreated every Batfoe as digital bricks. There were even nods to the 1960s Adam West series (Egg Head, King Tut) and the ‘Super Friends’ (Apache Chief, the Wonder Twins, etc.).
Not only is McKay knowledgeable about the Dark Knight, but his apprentice, Dick Grayson, who went on to adopt his own identity as Nightwing. Back in September, he stated:
“It’s gonna be a fucking badass action movie with a lot of heart and emotion. It’s gonna be a crazy, fun ride. Whoever gets cast as Nightwing, and any of the other actors around, are gonna go through a fucking boot camp experience because it’s gonna be a lot. I’m not gonna do a lot of CG. It’s gonna be all real shit… His superpower is being really fucking good, as a human being, at fighting and gymnastics and shit like that, so you’re gonna see that on screen. It’s gonna be fun!”
‘Nightwing’ has not yet been scheduled, but McKay states that pre-production could begin in 2018.