We recently received the incredible news that Warner Bros. is developing a Nightwing movie. Hints of the original Robin mythology have been spread throughout the DCEU since Batman v Superman, and now, the first (and arguably coolest) wearer of the mantle is finally getting his chance to shine on the big screen. However, the DCEU has a very particular tone, and #Nightwing could be a difficult character to get right on his own, considering his heavy ties to Batman — a relationship that has been, at times, a rather dysfunctional father-surrogate son one:
Fortunately for us, Dick Grayson's a really interesting guy and his history with Batman provides a great advantage when it comes to story possibilities. On top of that, he's got some pretty dark storylines that would give Bruce Wayne a run for his money. Here are four stories from the comics that would blend perfectly with the tone of the rest of the current #DCEU, while at the same time offering the potential for an incredible film.
The storyline deals with Nightwing contemplating retirement from the superhero game after feeling like he was forced into the crazy world we know as the DC Universe. He reconsiders when Alfred discovers old family papers pointing to Dick's parents' murders being connected to a royal murder. In the end, he's forced to topple a mad king connected to his parents' ultimate fate who's planning an ethnic cleanse.
After solving what actually went down with his family, Grayson realizes something: In the end, he chose to be Nightwing because he wanted to follow in Bruce Wayne's footsteps; Bruce never actually forced him into anything.
For people who are not familiar with Dick's convoluted lore, a movie of him considering giving up on his crime-fighting career, while at the same time solving a mystery from his past and realizing what Batman means to him would be a great entry into the character. Considering how brutal DCEU's #Batman is, this type of exploration through Nightwing's eyes would greatly flesh out Dick's character, even if Batman is never seen on screen.
2. 'The Hunt For Oracle'
Now, I'm not talking about the complete Hunt for Oracle story. Instead, I want to highlight what happens at the very beginning, when Batman sends Nightwing to Blackgate in an undercover mission to restore control in the infamous penitentiary. Now, the superhero-goes-undercover-in-prison arc is one that's been explored a few times in comics, but with Nightwing we have the opportunity to see it in live-action.
As you can imagine, in a prison full of super-powered bad guys, things don't go as planned for Dick and he's forced to plan a breakout. That's an amazing premise for a Nightwing film: Set the plot entirely in the prison and give us an Escape from Alcatraz-style #superhero film. Could you imagine just how brutally awesome the movie could be?
Years ago, Warner Bros. was developing a Green Arrow movie, titled Supermax, which dealt with Oliver Queen trying to break out of the Supermax prison. So there's already precedent for that type of story.
3. 'Old Friends, New Enemies'
Like the MCU, the DCEU has been crossing over its characters since the beginning, evidenced by Batman's appearance in Suicide Squad and Bruce Wayne references in Wonder Woman. Warner Bros. is clearly trying to expand its superhero franchise as quickly as possible, and this story gives them that ability. Because it co-stars Green Arrow's sidekick, Roy Harper, a.k.a. Speedy.
The story deals with Roy, who approaches his fellow Teen Titan, Nightwing, so that he can help him find the mother of his child: The elusive Cheshire. Both characters are, in their respective ways, psychologically damaged; finding someone as troublesome as Cheshire opens the opportunity for a gritty mystery film.
While it may sound weird to have another superhero costar in Nightwing's stellar solo cinematic debut, it's a chance to give us a better insight into who #DickGrayson is by having his former teammate alongside him. And, as I said before, it would open the DCEU to bigger things, mainly Green Arrow, who we know is out there somewhere.
You might be thinking, What the hell, we're just getting Nightwing and you want him out of his costume already? But hear me out. Grayson is like a series of classic spy movies set in a superhero universe. It explores Dick Grayson's career as a super spy for Spyral (the same organization for which fellow Bat-Family member, Kathy Kane, works).
The entire film could be just one mission the former #Robin is trying to accomplish. Mainly, I'd love for it tackle the storyline of Mother, a vicious villain who brainwashes children with painful trauma so they obey her orders. We already love spy stories, such as the James Bond and Mission: Impossible franchises.
An adaptation of the Grayson storyline could have the same atmosphere as those proven hits. It would also have the potential to add a new flavor to the DCEU while retaining its gritty, more adult atmosphere.
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All of these storylines would be amazing in their own way as a basis for a Nightwing movie. One of Dick's most attractive aspects as a superhero is his isolated, independent nature (which these #comicbook runs highlight). He's someone who's trying to escape Batman's shadow, so a film exploring that dynamic would be an incredible ride.
Of course, we should keep in mind that movies in development (especially superhero ones) are not always a given. But considering Warner Bros. is looking for ways to revitalize the DCEU through Batman's world, with Gotham City Sirens, The Batman and now Nightwing, the movie has a pretty good chance of getting made.