Though the studio has only just properly locked in a director to make The Batman, Warner Bros have plans to extend its DC expanded universe line by adapting another member of the Batman family. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie) is now lining up his live action debut with Nightwing.
The hero will be familiar to Batman fans as Dick Grayson, the original Robin, introduced back in 1940. The youngest member of a family of acrobats, he became the legal ward of Bruce Wayne and assumed the Robin identity to fight crime alongside Batman. In the 1980s, as he aged, he left Batman's side, took on the Nightwing identity and led the Teen Titans.
While Robin has yet to officially appear in the live action DC universe – we were shown that a version of Robin was murdered by The Joker in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – he has of course appeared in McKay's Lego Batman Movie as a whimsical, overenthusiastic sidekick. Using Nightwing could be a way to avoid the usual cheese of Robin while still introducing more humour into the universe.
Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) is writing the script, and while McKay has yet to prove himself in the live action arena, his animated take on Batman proved to be one of the most entertaining versions of the character for years.