Collider caught up with Nightwing director Chris McKay, who is currently promoting his new movie The LEGO Ninjago Movie (he’s a producer). McKay had a lot to say about the Nightwing movie that he’s working on.
McKay is very passionate about the character, and spoke about what it was like growing up a fan of him.
“You always thought Robin was the dork and were like, ‘I don’t want to be like Robin. I don’t want to play with Robin. I wanna play Batman.’ But Robin was there as a window character for little kids like me to understand Batman’s world and see into Batman’s world. There’s no other character in comics that went through this real-time transition. Every other character lives in a rough version of the age that they’re in. Very few characters actually grow up in the comics and become something else, and go from being a boy to being an adult, and have their own life and become their own thing.”
McKay then teased what fans could expect with Nightwing: a badass action movie with minimal CGI.
“It’s gonna be a fucking badass action movie with a lot of heart and emotion. It’s gonna be a crazy, fun ride. Whoever gets cast as Nightwing, and any of the other actors around, are gonna go through a fucking boot camp experience because it’s gonna be a lot. I’m not gonna do a lot of CG. It’s gonna be all real shit. It’s gonna be real stuntwork, and they’re gonna need to do all of the stuff on camera and do it credibly. For the cast and the crew, it’s gonna be a visceral experience, and for the audience. It’s not gonna be like a lot of these movies where there’s a lot of CG and flying, and things like that. Everything he does is gonna have to be real. His superpower is being really fucking good, as a human being, at fighting and gymnastics and shit like that, so you’re gonna see that on screen. It’s gonna be fun!”
Nightwing is still a while away, McKay has said in previous interviews that there’s no set release date and that he’s going to take his time. Do you like the sound of what he’s planning? Let me know in the comments below.