Alright, let's just get this out of the way. The rumor that Nightwing will appear in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman has not been confirmed at the time of this writing, so it is still a rumor. That being said, however, I would like to write assuming that it is true, so let's get started.
What we know for sure is that Batman vs. Superman will feature... well, Batman and Superman. Lex Luthor will most decidedly be the villain, probably pitting our two heroes against one another behind the scenes. Bruce Wayne shall most certainly have a love interest, who could very well be anybody from Vicki Vale to Wonder Woman. (Poor Hawkgirl never gets any action, does she?) Most recently, however, we saw a particularly interesting development on the internet. Now, it seems, we could very well see the first cinematic interpretation of Dick Grayson since Chris O'Donnell's take on the character in the mid 90s. (And aren't you all just so glad that I reminded you of those films?)As I said, I am going to write this article in a manner that assumes that the rumor is correct. At first, I regarded it as little more than the typical sound and fury being tossed about on the web. Suddenly, however, it seems that I could not escape this piece of information, no matter where I went. Not only will we see Dick Grayson again, but we'll see him in his Nightwing persona. Sounds cool, right? Well, it doesn't seem all that simple.
Logically, if we see Nightwing, there's a good bet that he was Robin at one point. I mean, it only makes sense. It took me a little bit of time to really form an opinion one way or another, and a few different answers showed up. I've divided them into categories I call awesome and awful. Let's take a look, and then we'll see what happens. Awful Okay, seriously? This is a terrible idea! I don't get it, why do people like Robin at all? Am I the only one in the world that thinks he's annoying? What's the appeal? I hate Robin!
Awesome I love Nightwing! He's such a cool character, and it brings even more depth to the Batman mythos. It's great to see Dick Grayson become a true hero on his own.
Awful To concede to the notion that Batman would, at any point, allow a child to go up against violent thugs, is absurd! That's the purest form of child abuse, and it has no place in a Batman film.
Awesome Now hold on a second, shoulder devil. Who's to say Dick Grayson was a child in this movie? Think about it. Ben Affleck is 41, and Adam Driver, who is apparently the current favorite for the role, is 29. Not that big a difference. How old was Bruce Wayne when he started out as Batman? How much knowledge could he really have passed onto Robin if Batman was only in his 20s? The child endangerment argument is surely one that's been heard at WB before. Perhaps, in Batman vs. Superman, Bruce Wayne has been Batman for about ten or fifteen years. It's not like he knew Robin from the get-go, right? More likely, he stumbled onto Dick Grayson when he was a teenager, and his world was in shambles. Bruce decides it's his responsibility to take care of him, and eventually Dick discovers the big secret, so Bruce begins to train him without letting him hit the streets. When Grayson turned 18, Wayne decided that he learned enough to help him. Five to ten years pass, tension between the dynamic duo appears, and Robin goes his own way to become Nightwing. What's wrong with that?
Awful This doesn't make sense for Nightwing to get involved! Doesn't the title of the movie also feature the word SUPERMAN? Superman's barely in the movie now!
Awesome He's still there. Of course Superman is going to get his fair share of screen time. This upcoming story probably evolves from all the devastation that he caused during Man of Steel, so it's not that much of a stretch. Superman is on his way to actually become Superman. The existential question posed in most of the first film was "Who am I?". Now, it seems, the question will be more like what Martha Kent asked him at the end: "What are you going to do when you're not saving the world?" In addition, he'll come face to face with Batman, and have to ask himself "What does being a hero really mean?". Batman will teach Superman just as much as he taught Robin. Where Lex Luthor is the one pitting the two caped heroes against one another, Nightwing could very well be the one to bring them to their senses. Who knows?
So those are a few of the questions I came up with. What do you think about the inclusion of Nightwing? Awful? Awesome? Or just "Ehhhh..."? Leave your thoughts below.