The comic book world's favorite former sidekick, Dick Grayson — a.k.a. Nightwing — will be getting his own movie as part of the #DCEU with The Lego Batman Movie's Chris McKay directing. Fans of the first #Robin will get a chance to see him depicted on the big screen for the first since Chris O'Donnell's performance in the universally loathed Batman and Robin.
The addition of Nightwing to the DCEU does more than just give Ben Affleck's Batman more history; it also opens up the possibility of seeing the #TeenTitians in their own movie. Here's why the Nightwing movie should be the launching pad for the adolescent superhero team that he's destined to lead.
1. TNT Had Teased Fans With A Live-Action Titans, Only To Rip Our Hearts Out
What seemed like forever ago, in 2014, news broke that TNT would be developing a live-action adaption of Teen Titans, simply titled Titans. It was going to be "very true" to the source material, a "coming of age" story about Nightwing, Hawk, Dove and Raven dealing with the death of their teammate Roy Harper.
The Vampire Diaries star Steven McQueen was rumored to play Dick Grayson; he had heavily campaigned for the role. But TNT ultimately decided the Titans didn't fit with the network's priorities. It hurt fans. A lot.
Ever since, we've wondered what could've been. But if the DCEU gives us the Titans in the DCEU, it would make up for TNT's long tease.
2. The Teen Titans Would Give The DCEU A Lighter Tone
Despite the box office success of Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad, the audience and critical consensus was that they suffered from a lack of optimism and lightheartedness. Warner Bros.' CEO admits that it's hurting the brand:
“We’re right on course or better. The DC Comics characters…have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you saw in those movies, so we’re thinking about that.”
Without question, Nightwing and the Titans would fill that void. Whether it be the original Teen Titans or Teen Titans Go!, the one commonality was humor — and a lot of it. Dick Grayson's funny, outgoing, charismatic, sometimes arrogant personality is a far cry from Bruce Wayne's, and the Titans' zippy dynamic will make for a great, fun movie.
3. The Teen Titans Would Also Give The DCEU So Many Awesome Heroes
Along with Dick Grayson, a Titans movie would let DC introduce the cocky speedster Kid Flash, followed by the shape-shifting, hilarious Beast Boy, and can even feature Ray Fisher's Cyborg. The dark emo Raven will be a good contrast, while Starfire would round out the group of young heroes, along with the introduction of sidekicks like Aqualad and Wonder Girl. Plus, the addition of Speedy would assure fans that Oliver Queen's Green Arrow does exist in the DCEU.
4. Deathstroke Isn't Only The Justice League's Problem
Along with the influx of heroes from a Teen Titans movie, there will be a slew of fresh villains, including longtime nemesis Deathstroke. Thanks to Justice League, we'll get to see Deathstroke before he torments the Titans — but in the comics and cartoons, Deathstroke's connection and hatred for the Titans runs deep, blaming them for the death of his firstborn son.
The Judas Contract is one of the more memorable stories about the group and their clash with Deathstroke, truly highlighting just how far Slade is willing to go in order to take them out — and would make a great story for the DCEU to adapt.
Through his many adventures solo and with Batman, Nightwing always found his way back to where he belonged: Teen Titans. So, what better way for the DCEU to get Nightwing off to the right start?
But hey, then again, maybe Nightwing can launch a Young Justice movie.