As of right now, the DCEU is somewhat of a jumbled mess. Release dates, directors, writers and entire movies keep changing — but the latest announced film, Nightwing, has fans excited to see our favorite sidekick-turned-superhero.
Director #ChrisMcKay recently told Cinema Blend that Dick Grayson's traumatic past will be touched upon in the movie. Specifically, when asked if Haly's Circus would be used, McKay responded:
Yes. In some form. There will be lots of nods. Lots of nods.
Haly's Circus is where Dick Grayson's family performed as the Flying Graysons — until their trapeze was sabotaged by criminals. Bruce Wayne took the orphan in, and the rest is history. The circus was depicted in Batman Forever, but the story was changed slightly so that Two-Face was behind the murders.
McKay seems to be saying that Grayson will still be coping with the death of his family, as he grows up to become the superhero that we all know him to be. But there are other important elements to Dick Grayson's story that could greatly impact his character development in the film. Here are some aspects of the Nightwing mythos that we'd love to see included:
The Other Robins
Thanks to Batman v. Superman, we know that at least one Robin has already existed in the #DCEU. It's unclear which one it is, but based off of the Robin costume, we can assume that it belonged to Jason Todd. If so, was Grayson still Todd's predecessor?
In the comics, every Robin has had some sort of character development through their time with Batman — and through their time with other Robins.
It would be fascinating to see how Dick Grayson feels about someone else taking up the mantle of the hero that he was for so long, as it would highlight his own transformation and maturity.
Comic book fans know the city that Nightwing resides in — once out of Bruce Wayne's nest — is Bludhaven; it is to him what Gotham is to Batman. Sure, he occasionally returns to Gotham, but Bludhaven is his base of operations.
Therefore, it would only make sense for the movie to take place there, continuing the theme of Dick Grayson maturing into his own character. For so long, Dick Grayson saved Gotham by the side of Batman ... but now he is on his own, and has to save a city by himself.
The one character that is always associated with this group is Robin, and more specifically Dick Grayson. So it would be an absolute crime to not use (or set up) the Titans in some way in the movie — because including the team would show one of the biggest things that makes Dick Grayson who he is: a leader.
For years as Robin, he was a sidekick, living in Batman's shadow. But as part of the Teen Titans, the role is reversed and Robin is the headstrong leader. This is especially important when it comes to his identity as Nightwing, as the whole point of the character is Grayson becoming his own person. And the Teen Titans were always a forefront for that.
With the inclusion of Haly's Circus, it shows that Chris McKay has plans to take Dick Grayson's character development in an important direction — depicting his origin but also his evolution. We can only hope that his take on the character will be welcomed with open arms, establishing Nightwing as one of the DCEU's biggest and most important heroes.
Nightwing currently has no announced release date.
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[Source: Cinema Blend]