It's a big week for the #DC Extended Universe! Warner Bros. had barely gotten its announcement out that Matt Reeves will definitely (no, really) be directing Ben Affleck in The Batman when they made even more fanboys and girls squeal with delight when they revealed that Nightwing is getting his own movie.
While there are plenty of storylines from the comic books that would make for a killer movie adaptation, not all stories are created equal. What bizarre-to-awful moments from the Nightwing comic books do we NOT want to see in the movie?
Here are five of them.
5. Tarantula Rapes Nightwing
And damn near gets him to marry her. After saving her in a battle with Copperhead, Tarantula tries to repay #Nightwing with an offer for drinks, and a kiss.
Later, at the county clerk's office, after having those drinks, a drunk #DickGrayson thankfully never signs anything, bailing at the last minute.
But back to the whole, y'know, rape thing. Earlier in the story, there had a battle with Blockbuster (who had discovered Dick Grayson was Nightwing) that ended with Tarantula blowing the villain's brains all over a stairwell. And Nightwing.
Nightwing allows this to happen, knowing it's the only way to solve his identity crisis (see what I did there?), but is driven nearly mad by the guilt from his actions. Or inaction, as it were. He retreats to the rooftop and lays down, exhausted, where Tarantula proceeds to have some very non-consensual sex with the hero, ignoring his very vocal objections.
Yeah...definitely shouldn't show that. Even in a bonus end credits scene in #Deadpool2.
4. Nightwing Kills The Joker
What's a good way to get your villainous self killed? Convince one #superhero that you killed his other superhero friend.
In the last issue of Joker: Last Laugh, Nightwing thinks #Joker killed Robin, and proceeds to murder the Clown Prince of Crime himself. Joker doesn't stay dead—some poor soul gives him CPR and brings him back—but he was really dead for a short while, at the hands of Dick Grayson.
I'm pretty sure they would never kill Joker in a movie, anyway...
I'm hoping that by the time the Nightwing movie comes out, we'll be over the whole 'killing a hero or villain in a movie and then having him miraculously come back" trope will be way overdone, and maybe the POTUS will have passed a law that bans it from ever happening again.
3. Nightwing Announces His Presence In A Very Bloody Way
Let's hope Nightwing doesn't start off the movie like he started off The New 52 Nightwing #1, where he beat the crap out of a bad guy then smeared his symbol on the guy's chest in the villain's own blood.
Unless they want an R-rated flick, like #Logan. Which could be done, as Dick Grayson has gone to some dark places. But he's never been a borderline psychopath like Batman and this level of vengeance wasn't a good look for him.
2. Lex Luthor Sort Of Kills Nightwing
What the hell is #LexLuthor doing killing Nightwing? Saving the day, of course!
Don't look at me that way, I don't write this stuff.
In Forever Evil #6, Dick Grayson has a bomb strapped to him that, no matter how hard Batman tries, can't be removed.
So, of course, the only way to save everyone is for Lex to kill Nightwing to deactivate the bomb because #comicbook reasons. He smothers him, and Batman proceeds to kick Luthor's ass. But Lex, being the brilliant mastermind he is, had slipped Nightwing a pill that paralyzed his heart before "killing" him. One shot of adrenaline to the heart later, and Lex Pulp Fictions Dick back into the land of the living.
And then happy Bizarro hugs Lex.
1. Robin And Batgirl...Just No
Topping out the list is a moment from Nightwing Annual #2, back in 1996. The villain? Crazy Quilt—no, seriously.
A villain with that name could be his own number on this list. In a flashback that happened while he is still Robin and not yet Nightwing, he and #Batgirl battled Crazy Quilt and the villain managed to trap them in a very cozy safe.
Being the teenage boy that he was at the time, let's just say he got a little, er, excited. Boner jokes galore ensued, and proving to us that even though he was a blossoming superhero and good kid, the young Dick spent a lot of time thinking with his—you know what, that joke's too easy.
Let's just leave the humor to Thor: Ragnarok.
Did you enjoy that? Here are some more WTF moments from your favorite DC comics:
- The 5 Most “W in T holy F?” Moments in Superman's Comic History
- Five of the Most Awkward Moments in Wonder Woman's Comic History
- What The Flash? 7 Moments From 'The Flash' Comics That Make You Go 'Huh?'
How excited are you that a Nightwing movie is on the way? Sound off in the comments!
Or even better, watch Danny Shepherd as Nightwing on YouTube until the official movie comes out. Who knows? Maybe Danny will be the next Flying Grayson to appear in theaters!