– by David Kozlowski

Chris McKay’s Nightwing film is one of the most unexpected — yet most intriguing — DC projects on the horizon. Warner Bros. is aggressively expanding its slate of superhero films to include various Batman offspring and adversaries, including Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens, and Joker and Harley Quinn. But a stand-alone movie about the former Robin stepping out of Batman’s shadow has the potential to explore themes and concepts absent from most of the other planned DC films.

Dick Grayson/Nightwing is a fairly unique character who could stand-out from other DC heroes. Nightwing is generally depicted as a bright and cheerful offshoot of the Dark Knight. However, it’s currently unclear what version of Nightwing we’ll get — DC has retconned and relaunched the character multiple times over the years. One of the more popular recent storylines had Grayson working as a cop in Bludhaven (a grittier version of nearby Gotham, if you can believe it). Much like many of Marvel’s heroes, Grayson needs a day job to fund his nighttime adventures, and the career choice also put him at odds with Batman — a cool way to establish this character!

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Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) actually nods to this particular Nightwing story arc, as Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Officer Blake character was kinda revealed to be Dick Grayson in the film’s final scenes. Of course, it’s just speculation at this point. Regardless of what iteration of Grayson/Nightwing we get, one thing that remains true about this character is his exceptional physicality and boundless energy. So the obvious question is: who can bring these qualities to Grayson/Nightwing?

Over the weekend actor, Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers, Stranger Things 2), posted a rather cryptic Tweet — he has since deleted it — implying that he’s either a Nightwing superfan or that maybe he’s being considered for the role. Montgomery’s performance as the wild and sweaty Billy Hargrove in Stranger Things 2 certainly demonstrated the necessary charisma and body type needed for the part. Unfortunately, McKay dumped ice water on this theory:

McKay could be employing a smoke screen here, but he has nothing to gain by knocking down the Montgomery rumor. However, Montgomery is as viable as any other option out there; good for him for taking the initiative! Nightwing does not have a release date yet — McKay refuses to commit until a script is nailed down — so we’re all probably jumping the proverbial gun, but it’s never too early to speculate on a DC superhero film!

Who do you want to play Nightwing in the DC stand-alone film? Let us know in the comments down below!

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David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.