Nightwing director promises it will be a "badass" movie

Megan Davies
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From Digital Spy

DC's live-action Nightwing adaptation may not have a cast or any firm details at all yet, but one thing director Chris McKay can promise you is that it's going to be a "f**king badass action movie".

Earlier this year, Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment revealed they were in the early stages of developing a Batman spin-off based around Nightwing, the heroic identity of Bruce Wayne's very first ward Dick Grayson, with The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay on board to direct a script from The Judge screenwriter Bill Dubuque.

And while we don't have a lot to go on at this point, McKay has shared in a new interview that he doesn't want the movie to be overly CGI-heavy – which means his actors are going to have a lot of work to do.

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"It's gonna be a f**king badass action movie with a lot of heart and emotion," he told Collider. "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 f**king 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 stunt work, 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 f**king 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!"

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McKay has said similar before, teasing back in July that whoever's cast as Nightwing should prepare themselves for a "gruelling" and emotionally draining experience.

But considering McKay also emphasised his admiration for the character of Dick Grayson in the Batman comics, we think the film is in a safe pair of hands.

"I'm a big fan of underdog stories, and [Dick Grayson] is one of the biggest underdog stories in comics," he added. "And he's a character that I grew up with. I like the arc.

"Robin was there as a window character for little kids like me to understand Batman's world and see into Batman's world... 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."

Before we can get to Nightwing though, we first have a whole host of other DC movies to enjoy, starting with Justice League, which is due for release on November 17 this year.

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