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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chris McKay in Negotiations to Direct NIGHTWING Movie


Wingnuts, your time has finally come at last.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Chris McKay, director of The Lego Batman Movie, is in negotiations to direct a movie based on DC Comics superhero Nightwing.  Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) is reportedly writing the script.

Nightwing is the latest in Warner Bros.' plan to grow the DC Extended Universe, including Gotham City Sirens starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, a sequel to Suicide Squad, The Batman starring Ben Affleck, Shazam starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson,The Flash starring Ezra Miller, and Cyborg starring Ray Fisher.

In addition to The Lego Batman Movie, McKay has directed the animated TV film Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III, along with various episodes of the animated TV series Robot Chicken, Titan Maximum, and Moral Orel.

Created in 1984 by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Nightwing first debuted in Tales of the Teen Titans #44 as Richard "Dick" Grayson, a member of the New Teen Titans who gave up his previous superhero identity as Robin and his partnership with Batman.  When the supervillains Deathstroke and Terra kidnapped his fellow Titans, Grayson adopted his new identity of Nightwing after being inspired by Superman telling him the legend of Kryptonian heroes Nightwing and Flamebird.

As Nightwing, Grayson became the protector of Gotham City's neighboring municipality of Blüdhaven, relocating there to investigate a series of murders.  He remained the city's guardian for some time, facing foes such as Blockbuster and new villains such as Torque, dividing his duties between Bludhaven and Gotham after a devastating earthquake and the subsequent decision to declare Gotham a No Man's Land until the city was fully rebuilt.

In the current New 52 continuity, after briefly acting as an agent of the Spyral organization, Grayson has resumed his identity of Nightwing and associated with a vigilante named Raptor in a plan to bring down the Court of Owls from the inside.  Though Raptor seemed willing to play by Grayson's rules of not killing, he tricked Grayson into agreeing to a plan that resulted in the deaths of all of the Parliament of Owls in Sydney.  After defeating Raptor, Nightwing has once again become the protector of Blüdhaven.

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