– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While everyone is putting together a postmortem on Justice League, its performance, and what it means for the DC Extended Universe going forward, it sounds like business is going forward as usual — at least for the time being.

There are currently many films in the DCEU that are in development or production on some level. One of them is the impending Nightwing standalone film from LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay. One would think that the recent performance of Justice League would be pumping the breaks on productions going forward (at least until Warner Bros. figures out a new direction), but a recent tweet from McKay indicates that that isn’t the case, and that they are having an open casting call for the film.

Check out the tweet below:

So what does this mean for the movie? Well, for the time being, it looks like they’re still going forward as planned. Now, that doesn’t mean that Warner Bros. isn’t rethinking things. A lot of big decisions need to be made very soon, but it isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight. For the time being, they’re likely letting things continue until they have a new plan of action, and when that happens, we’re sure to hear about it.

But let’s actually talk about the news here. It means that they’re setting out to hire a relative unknown for the film, and that we’ll likely be getting someone more in the vein of a Chris Hemsworth — meaning they’ll likely be aiming for whoever is best for the character over star power, which is the right move.

What do you think? Is this the right move for a character like Dick Grayson? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Chris McKay

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I have to disagree with this. One of my biggest turn off from the DCCU is their lack of casting star power. Henry Cavill does a decent job, but I would be more inclined if there was at least a B list actor there. But it is Superman and we should have an A list actor. Gal Gadot was a shot in the dark that paid off, but she was never my initial thought to play that role. Mamoa, hot off the success of Hercules. /s
    Flash and Cyborg were decent, but they still lack the star power to carry these characters to the box office. I’m afraid that is what this universe is lacking. Most of their pedigree is reserved to the sidelines like Gordon and Alfred.
    And don’t get me started on Eisenberg.
    What’s the best way to reboot this franchise and get money at the box office? Cast an unknown. Way to go WB, stay classy.

    • Victor Roa

      worst case scenario the Joel Schumacher Batman films. Best case scenario those A List actors can add more to the flavor than a cardboard cut out.

    • AndyInCleveland

      Cavil is no newcomer. He may not be “A” list, but he’s paid his dues.

  • Victor Roa

    goodie, this is on track, and not in script rewrite hell.

  • ShoNuf®

    Chris Hemsworth had no star power now he is a star. Same with Hugh Jackman before donning the claws. It’s about the surrounding elements. Gal Gadot had no star power, but a Zack free production(aside from a choreographed action sequence) has put her on a star making path. Patty Jenkins and the screenwriters along with a bigger scope and world building story-telling with great co-stars are all part of WW’s success and Gal getting a shot at becoming a big star.
    The DC JL/MoS/BvS all have one thing in common and that’s the main element that keeps them from that Marvel type greatness. It simply is what it is. That being said, a Whedon Batgirl, Reeves Batman and this Nightwing film should inject a new breath in the DCU. I don’t mention Aquaman because Wan is hit and miss for me, so let’s see if he can take the cgi down and make Jason the focus as he is a star already. But…Nightwing. There are so many young actors who could play the role, but after seeing American Assassin…man, Dylan O’Brien really stood out as someone who has the chops, the modicum of potential star power to play Dick Grayson. His brutal and edgy performance is miles ahead of the Maze Runner stuff. Dick Grayson to me should be like Dylan’s character. Severe loss, like Bruce. Angry, on his own now. A little more brutal and unrefined in his eventual growth to be a better hero. He may not be a popular choice, but I see him filling the role quite well.

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.