Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie), the director of the upcoming Nightwing movie, recently sat down with Collider to discuss the film and his plans for it.
McKay explained his excitement to work on the film as it can focus on a character he grew up with that everyone knows of but has never gotten a chance to shine (like Batman or Spider-Man in their many reboots):
I’m a big comic book fan, and being able to do the story of Nightwing, to do a Dick Grayson story, which is a character that every single person in the world knows, but has never really had a lot of screentime. They make a billion Spider-Man movies and a lot of Batman movies, and they’ve tried The Hulk. When they were making the Tim Burton movies, they were always like, ‘Oh, maybe we’ll do Robin in this now. Maybe we’ll save Robin for Returns. Nope, we’ll save it for the next one.’ With Christopher Nolan, people were like, ‘Is he gonna do Robin?’ When they made Batman v Superman, they were talking about it.
He then went on to talk about his plans for the film and the character’s direction:
I’m a big fan of underdog stories, and he is one of the biggest underdog stories in comics. And he’s a character that I grew up with. I like the arc.
He elaborates further and proves his knowledge of the character, talking more about the character’s popularity, the character’s importance, and Dick Grayson’s growth as a character from Dick to Robin to Nightwing, an uncommon transition in comics as characters often stay in or revert back to the status quo:
You always thought Robin was the dork and were like, ‘I don’t want to be like Robin. I don’t want to play with Robin. I wanna play Batman.’ But Robin was there as a window character for little kids like me to understand Batman’s world and see into Batman’s world. There’s no other character in comics that went through this real-time transition. Every other character lives in a rough version of the age that they’re in. Very few characters actually grow up in the comics and become something else, and go from being a boy to being an adult, and have their own life and become their own thing.
McKay then went on to discuss the action in the film, describing his intention to minimize CGI and maximize real stunts and fitness:
It’s gonna be a fucking badass action movie with a lot of heart and emotion. It’s gonna be a crazy, fun ride. Whoever gets cast as Nightwing, and any of the other actors around, are gonna go through a fucking boot camp experience because it’s gonna be a lot. I’m not gonna do a lot of CG. It’s gonna be all real shit. It’s gonna be real stuntwork, and they’re gonna need to do all of the stuff on camera and do it credibly. For the cast and the crew, it’s gonna be a visceral experience, and for the audience. It’s not gonna be like a lot of these movies where there’s a lot of CG and flying, and things like that. Everything he does is gonna have to be real. His superpower is being really fucking good, as a human being, at fighting and gymnastics and shit like that, so you’re gonna see that on screen. It’s gonna be fun!
It’s apparent McKay is excited to do the film but little is known about it yet. WB has other slated films first but this movie seems to be shaping up to be a thrill-ride.