– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In spite of the box office disappointment of Justice League, the DC Extended Universe is far from dead. Aquaman is set to release later this year, Shazam is in production as we speak, and development on Nightwing is continuing from LEGO Batman Movie helmer Chris McKay.

Not too long ago, McKay teased that there would be some updates regarding the project this coming Valentine’s Day. However, the filmmaker took to Twitter to give a preemptive update, saying:

“Hi! Some early VDay news: Nightwing script expected very soon. Working on rip-o-matic to show studio. This is going to be a LONG process. So don’t expect casting news any time soon. We are taking our time. Expect big things from DC, Geoff Johns and WB team! Exciting year ahead!!”

Okay, so for starters, it’s worth noting that we shouldn’t be expecting any casting for the film anytime soon, so I guess we can put away our casting hats for this February. Some of you may be wondering what a rip-o-matic is, and pretty much it’s something of a sizzle reel, with images and video taken from other things. Filmmakers show this to the studio in order to get across the tone or style they’re going for in a film.

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So what does this mean? Considering the script for the film still isn’t here, it’s very clear that McKay was hired based on his knowledge of the Batman mythology, not based on any clear vision he had for the character or film. It sounds like he’s still in the process of figuring out what he wants to do for the character, which is a bit disappointing.

Of course, what is less disappointing is his willingness to take the time needed to make it right. What do you think of McKay’s update? Are you disappointed by how early on in the process they seem to be? Let us know your thoughts down below.

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SOURCE: Chris McKay

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.