The DCEU’s Nightwing is still a way off, but director Chris McKay and writer Bill Dubuque are working hard – in the meantime, Nightwing comicbook writer Tim Seeley has talked about some of the things he’d like to see in the movie.
Seeley discussed his thoughts on ComicBook.com, and they mostly centred around who the superhero would be fighting, suggesting that the hero formerly known as Robin should take on the Court of Owls – specifically, Raptor:
“I would do a very similar thing to what we did in the first six issues of Nightwing — the Raptor story. If the story is going to have to be about a guy who was trained by Batman going off to fight on his own, then having him fight a guy who wants to be his new mentor and changes, I think that’s the perfect story for it. I think the first act is, he’s dealing with a villain — it could be the Court of Owls or something but it could be anything else. The threat is a threat that affects Batman and the family, because you want to have some relationship with that, then he gets corrupted, and has to fight Raptor. I think that’s your three-act movie… I think making it Raptor and having him be somehow attached to Dick’s past, to his mother, I think that’s how you do superhero movies. I think it would work pretty well.”
The writer also joked that he wanted the character to fight Raptor because he would receive extra royalties from the film, considering he created that character. However, he also noted that there were alternatives for the film’s antagonist, though he stressed that the team behind Nightwing would have to work hard to get the characters right:
“Blockbuster would be really hard to film, I think. The reflection that is Blockbuster, he’s Hulk-powered, and having Dick fight him as an equal in a film I think would be hard to do. You could move up to it, but it would be a challenge… I think you could do a very similar storyline with Deathstroke if you wanted to — although the hard thing about Deathstroke is that he’s an assassin so believing that Dick would follow him is tough.”
The good news is that DC have plenty of time to get the story right, while they plan out their release schedule. And though the DCEU has hit a lot of bumps in the road, it seems that they are finally getting on the right path.