With the middling critical success of the #DC Extended Universe thus far, getting the upcoming installments right is crucial to ensure fans continue to stick around as the narrative universe progresses. Next up is Wonder Woman, followed by Justice League, then onto the solo movies.
One recently announced solo movie that has sparked a lot of interest amongst fans is the upcoming Nightwing project — the first time we'll see the fully evolved version of Dick Grayson on the big screen. Better news still, it's being helmed by the director of The LEGO Batman Movie, Chris McKay. But right now that's pretty much all we know about it.
As with most big roles like this, casting for the role of Nightwing is crucial, and not just because he's a fan favorite in the #Batman comics. Nightwing is a pretty nuanced character and, out of the Batfamily members, is the one who has the most history with the Dark Knight himself. Even if they don't always see eye to eye.
We don't yet know about the backstory relating Dick Grayson to Ben Affleck's Batman/Bruce Wayne, but we know that there's something involving the deceased Jason Todd — a.k.a. the second #Robin — in there.
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We don't have a solid date for the #Nightwing movie release yet, and we don't yet know who may be in the running to play Dick Grayson. But that's why we have the creative fan communities of the internet, drawing up their shortlists and making their fan art.
A few names have emerged in the fan favorite running for the Nightwing casting, and one of them will be familiar to any fans of the demon hunting show Supernatural. The name Matt Cohen — who portrays the young John Winchester in episodes from Seasons 4 and 5, and the archangel Michael in Season 11 — has been thrown around by fans in terms of the Nightwing casting, and now we know what he would look like in the mask itself.
Photographer Megan Jackson of Stardust & Melancholy has created a pretty impressive image of Cohen reimagined as Nightwing, alongside the traction-gaining hashtag #MattforNightwing.
At the moment, Cohen is a relative unknown when it comes to the A-list scene. Aside from his role in Supernatural, he's known for South of Nowhere and General Hospital. Casting someone like Cohen could be a win for DC if they follow the Marvel model — locking actors into multi-picture deals before they hit the big time and their prices go up. And, if nothing else, Cohen certainly looks the part.
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