Comic fans and fans of superheroes in general are understandably selective when comes down to who will play their favorite characters. There are times when we don't always agree with a studio's choice to play said heroes or villains. However, sometimes our preconceived combativeness isn't justifiable ─ like with Gal Gadot being cast as Wonder Woman. Though I acknowledge that Titans isn't a blockbuster movie, and Dick Grayson is expected to get his own feature film, TV casting of the world's greatest sidekick is still polarizing news. Still, the casting choice of Brenton Thwaites as #Nightwing shouldn't be controversial. In fact ─ it's the perfect casting choice. While some fans are googiling photos of Brenton Thwaited butt to see if he fits the part, I can provide a couple of other reasons why he is ideally suited for the role.
Looks Aren't Everything, But He Has Them
An important factor for many fans is how much an actor looks like the comic book character, and Thwaites does resemble #DickGrayson. With a charismatic smile on his angular face and his athletic, lean stature, he is identical to what fans of the comics, and animated depictions of the Blüdhaven-native are familiar with. For some, height is important for a character with a brooding presence ─ and his IMDb page has him listed at 6'2. Not only is Thwaites the perfect build, but he's also the perfect age for Nightwing. Yes, in the comics Grayson was a teen when he co-founded the Titans, but this is a different version of the group. That Hashtag Show put up the casting call for Titans along with description of each character including Dick Grayson:
'Dick Grayson is a cop with a nice smile, tired eyes and a cool, distant manner. However, when provoked, his eyes are so lethal “they drain a man of every last bit of spleen.” Dick is haunted by the murder of his family. Unbeknownst to those around him, he is also a vigilante. In the shadows, he fights with the commitment and conviction of an artist; the brutal grace of a dancer. Mentally and physically, he is covered in scars. Though he fights to escape his past, it is often a losing battle."
The casting call also asked for an actor to be in their late 20s to early 30s, which makes Thwaites at 28 perfect. Like most TV actors, he'll probably play a younger version of Dick Grayson if necessary and he'll be able to pull it off. Like plenty of other actors, he can surely play a character much younger than his actual age, similar to what Tom Welling did for years on Smallville when he played a teenage Clark Kent despite being 24 (2001). Thwaites has a clean-shaven youthful face where he could pull of an actor that's 18 or 28. His age allows for a flexibility and freedom with mature content, like his relationship with Starfire (Anna Diop), or the ability to come off as a definitive leader. However, appearance isn't the only thing he brings to the table.
Playing The Role Of A Hero Isn't New To Him
His resume is one that fans can point to as evidence of his ability to play a convincing hero. One recent example of his heroism comes in the form of the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales where plays Henry Turner. Turner is a strong-willed, courageous sailor who sets out on a mission to find the Trident of Poseidon in order to free his father from a curse. Thwaites co-starred alongside Johnny Depp, but didn't allow the aurora of the veteran to dim his shining star.
In Gods of Egypt, alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Thwaites was one of the bright spots in a film that was bashed by both fans and critics. As Bek, Thwaites proved that living in the world of the gods didn't make him any less powerful. He was charming and came off believably gallant and brave. Speaking of brave, he also played Prince Phillip in Maleficent where he once again came off quite heroic and dare I say, charming.
There's More To His Resume Than Being A Hero
Thwaites has displayed how versatile he is as an actor with movies like Oculus, where he played a darker role as Tim Russell, a 21-year-old man released from a psychiatric hospital eleven years after his parents' death. Alongside Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), the young star was very convincing as a psychologically tormented victim of the horrors of his surroundings ─ he was also strong when it counted.
Still, there hasn't been a role more evident of how versatile he is than Son of a Gun. Thwaites plays JR, an ex-con teen who gets in too deep after serving six months in jail. Thwaites was excellent as a bad-ass teen willing to do what was necessary to survive after being mixed up with the wrong people.
The same traumatizing nature that Thwaites brought to Tim, and the gritty heart he brought to JR are the characteristics needed for this version and every other version of Dick Grayson.
Titans, the live-action depiction of Teen Titans will air in 2018 on DC's streaming service. What do you think of Brenton Thwaites being cast to play Nightwing?
[Source: That Hashtag Show]