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Chris McKay in talks to direct Nightwing movie for DC Universe

Story by Jack Foley

CHRIS McKay is in talks with Warner Bros over the possibility of directing a movie based on the DC Comics character Nightwing.

McKay is currently riding high off the critical acclaim surrounding The Lego Batman Movie but the Nightwing gig would mark his live-action feature film debut.

The Nightwing character, aka Dick Grayson, is arguably best known for being the original Robin to DC’s Batman.

In comic book form, he was the youngest member of a family of acrobats known as the Flying Graysons.

He was jointly created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger together with illustrator Jerry Robinson, and first introduced in Detective Comics No. 38 in April 1940.

After his parents were murdered, he was taken in as the legal ward of Bruce Wayne/Batman, going on to become Robin and teaming up with the Dark Knight on his crime fighting adventures in Gotham.

However, in the 1980s, Grayson shed his Robin persona and became the leader of the Teen Titans. As other young men took on the mantle of Robin, Nightwing (as Grayson became known) became a popular character in his own right.

He went on to headline his own comics and appear in a number of animated movies.

If deals can be reached, Nightwing would be another addition to the ever-expanding DC Comics film universe, which began with Man of Steel and has continued with Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad.

Further projects in various stages of development include Gotham City Sirens, with David Ayer attached to direct a film focused on the female villains of the universe, including Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn; Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot; the star-studded Justice League and Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa.

A sequel to Suicide Squad is also in the works, as well as the stand-alone The Batman starring Ben Affleck. And there are plans for a Shazam film, a Flash film and a Cyborg project.

A script for the Nightwing movie is already being written by Bill Dubuque, whose most recent credit was Ben Affleck’s thriller The Accountant.

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