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03.01.2017

Lately, the DC Extended Universe has been very cooperative in providing material for this column -- we've recently fielded suggestions for Hal Jordan and John Stewart in GREEN LANTERN CORPS, a director for THE FLASH, and Poison Ivy and Catwoman for GOTHAM CITY SIRENS (and narrowly missed a chance to cast the director for THE BATMAN when Matt Reeves discussed, departed and then ultimately accepted the position within the course of a week).

Now it was announced that THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE director Chris McKay will make his live-action feature debut with a movie centering on another hero from DC Comics, Batman's younger colleague NIGHTWING (penned by Bill Dubuque, who wrote THE ACCOUNTANT for current DCEU Dark Knight Ben Affleck).

Nightwing's alter-ego is Richard "Dick" Grayson, a former circus acrobat who lost his family to a Gotham crime boss and was subsequently taken under the wing of billionaire businessman Bruce Wayne. After learning of Wayne's costumed secret identity, Grayson was trained by Batman in physical combat and detective skills to become the Dark Knight's regular crimefighting partner known as Robin, the Boy Wonder.

After many adventures, an injury from the Joker and a disagreement with Batman's methods resulted in Robin going off on his own and joining the super-team known as the Teen Titans. Eventually he stepped out from under Batman's shadow and updated his costume and name, taking on the new identity of Nightwing.

While his vigilante activities in Gotham (and nearby Bludhaven) often lead to encounters with Batman, Grayson's relationship with his former legal guardian would remain contentious, particularly after discovering that Bruce had trained a new Robin named Jason Todd (who would end up murdered by the Joker as a result of reader voting in the infamous "A Death in the Family" comic story).

It will be interesting to see how the movie approaches this addition to the movie universe Bat-family -- as witnessed in BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, one wearer of the Robin costume suffered a grim fate at the hands of the Joker. This was purportedly the Jason Todd version of Robin (who comic readers know resurfaced as violent anti-hero Red Hood, a potential antagonist in NIGHTWING), but conceivably this outfit could have also belonged to other comic book Robins such as Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown (aka Spoiler), Damian Wayne, or even a character original to the movies.

NIGHTWING probably won't be an origin story, but we'll undoubtedly learn how he went from Batman's sidekick to ass-kicking solo act. Given Batman's veteran status in the DCEU (Affleck himself is 44), we can probably expect a Grayson that's 10-15 years younger than the Dark Knight, if not more.

So who could wear the blue-black costume and swing the escrima sticks as Nightwing? Former King in the North Richard Madden of HBO's "Game of Thrones" has the chops and appearance for the character. Daniel Radcliffe has certainly demonstrated the ability to be the focal hero of a major franchise, and so far has also somehow avoided being in a comic book movie. And it might cause confusion considering he's the Man of Steel on TV's "Supergirl", but Tyler Hoechlin sure would fit the part.

Let us know below who you think would make a badass big-screen Nightwing!

As for the previous Cast This for GOTHAM CITY SIRENS, the top picks for Catwoman were:

1. Eva Green  2. Lena Headey  3. Kate Beckinsale

And the favorites for Poison Ivy were:

1. Jessica Chastain  2. Evan Rachel Wood  3. Christina Hendricks

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11:24AM on 03/02/2017
Joseph Gordon Levitt,Dylan O'Brien, Taron Edgeton.Aaron Taylor-Johnson,Ferdia Walsh-Peelo,Jack Reynor
Joseph Gordon Levitt,Dylan O'Brien, Taron Edgeton.Aaron Taylor-Johnson,Ferdia Walsh-Peelo,Jack Reynor
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10:33AM on 03/02/2017

Grimm Nightwing

David Giuntoli from Grimm
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4:40AM on 03/02/2017
Logan Lerman of course.He's got the acting ability and the looks.
Logan Lerman of course.He's got the acting ability and the looks.
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1:20AM on 03/02/2017
Josh Hutcherson for those of you saying Taron Edgeton.
Josh Hutcherson for those of you saying Taron Edgeton.
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1:24AM on 03/02/2017
Hutcherson would be cool.
Hutcherson would be cool.
9:46PM on 03/01/2017
If they cast Grayson/Nightwing well then Warner Bros will be covering their asses should Affleck decide to jump ship.

Rather than just recasting the role (in the Keaton/Kilmer/Clooney manner) they can actively progress the story and have Grayson take over the role - as he has done in the comics.

In fact, I would love a movie adaption of Battle for the Cowl, to see all the Robin's fight it out for the Batman mantle.
If they cast Grayson/Nightwing well then Warner Bros will be covering their asses should Affleck decide to jump ship.

Rather than just recasting the role (in the Keaton/Kilmer/Clooney manner) they can actively progress the story and have Grayson take over the role - as he has done in the comics.

In fact, I would love a movie adaption of Battle for the Cowl, to see all the Robin's fight it out for the Batman mantle.
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8:29PM on 03/01/2017
Matt Bomer seems right to me.
Matt Bomer seems right to me.
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10:45PM on 03/01/2017
Matt Bomer is too old. However, he's a great actor and would've been a terrific Clark Kent/Superman as opposed to Mr. Stink-Eye/Henry Cavill. If Ben Affleck jumps ship, Matt Bomer would be a solid substitute for Bruce Wayne.
Matt Bomer is too old. However, he's a great actor and would've been a terrific Clark Kent/Superman as opposed to Mr. Stink-Eye/Henry Cavill. If Ben Affleck jumps ship, Matt Bomer would be a solid substitute for Bruce Wayne.
6:55PM on 03/01/2017

Nightwing

I like Tyler Hoechlin. He's a solid choice. My pick is Jack O'Connell (Starred Up, Unbroken, Money Monster).
I like Tyler Hoechlin. He's a solid choice. My pick is Jack O'Connell (Starred Up, Unbroken, Money Monster).
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6:33PM on 03/01/2017
I can't believe this movie is even being made. Unless you're a serious comic nerd I doubt you'll have ever heard of Nightwing, much less care about who's cast in it. I admit that the same words could have been said about Deadpool, but with that film they took an enormous risk and benefited from a large comedic element and an enormous and hugely creative marketing campaign that the star was personally invested in.
I can't believe this movie is even being made. Unless you're a serious comic nerd I doubt you'll have ever heard of Nightwing, much less care about who's cast in it. I admit that the same words could have been said about Deadpool, but with that film they took an enormous risk and benefited from a large comedic element and an enormous and hugely creative marketing campaign that the star was personally invested in.
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1:17AM on 03/02/2017
1:23AM on 03/02/2017
I texted my mom "Hey DC is doing a Nightwing movie! Do you know who that is?" Her answer "Oh that's exciting! Isn't he who Robin grows up into?"

Good job, Mom. Pretty sure she's never read a DC comic in her life, she just had kids who watched the cartoons. Nightwing's probably no less popular than half the people Marvel makes movies about.
I texted my mom "Hey DC is doing a Nightwing movie! Do you know who that is?" Her answer "Oh that's exciting! Isn't he who Robin grows up into?"

Good job, Mom. Pretty sure she's never read a DC comic in her life, she just had kids who watched the cartoons. Nightwing's probably no less popular than half the people Marvel makes movies about.
8:44AM on 03/02/2017
"Robin grew up. He changed his superhero name to Nightwing."

Problem solved.
"Robin grew up. He changed his superhero name to Nightwing."

Problem solved.
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5:57PM on 03/01/2017
No one is jumping out at me as the perfect cast, but off the top of my head I think guys like Danny Shepherd, Sam Clafin, and Kyle Gallner could do a good job. I don't want WB to get a super high profile actor just becaue they're a big star.
No one is jumping out at me as the perfect cast, but off the top of my head I think guys like Danny Shepherd, Sam Clafin, and Kyle Gallner could do a good job. I don't want WB to get a super high profile actor just becaue they're a big star.
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9:19PM on 03/01/2017
Sam Clafin is my pick.
Sam Clafin is my pick.
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5:23PM on 03/01/2017
Joseph Gordon Levitt would have been perfect, but unfortunately we never got to see that.

Scott Eastwood wold have been perfect, but unfortunately DC thought it was more important to troll their fans by keeping his no-name roll a secret up until the film's release rather than making a character (Grayson or not) that actually tied into the comics.

In terms of looks, age, talent and right level of fame I really think Finn Wittrock would be perfect (The Big Short, La La Land).
Joseph Gordon Levitt would have been perfect, but unfortunately we never got to see that.

Scott Eastwood wold have been perfect, but unfortunately DC thought it was more important to troll their fans by keeping his no-name roll a secret up until the film's release rather than making a character (Grayson or not) that actually tied into the comics.

In terms of looks, age, talent and right level of fame I really think Finn Wittrock would be perfect (The Big Short, La La Land). [link]wittrock&oq=finn[link][link]

Emory Cohen (Brookyln, The Place Beyond The Pines) would be my second choice. Taron Egerton seems like the popular choice and he's a pretty obvious one, but for good reason and I'd second him if. He's probably more age appropriate since a Teen Titans film is rumored to be in the wings. Adam Driver would've been great but he's already Kylo Ren and has probably killed any good will he had with the fans from how he handled that role.
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5:26PM on 03/01/2017
Well the forum garbled the heck out of the link I tried to post, let's see if this works: [link]
Well the forum garbled the heck out of the link I tried to post, let's see if this works: [link]
6:27PM on 03/01/2017
I like Finn Wittrock, but I think he's a better bet for a Batman villain. I'm thinking of Roman Sionis aka Black Mask.
I like Finn Wittrock, but I think he's a better bet for a Batman villain. I'm thinking of Roman Sionis aka Black Mask.
4:50PM on 03/01/2017
Steven Yeun. His name gets tossed around a lot in fan castings, but I think he really does have the qualities of a grown up "boy wonder." He does a great, almost naive, optimism that is very Dick Grayson and highlights how he's different from Bruce and not just "Batman Jr."
Steven Yeun. His name gets tossed around a lot in fan castings, but I think he really does have the qualities of a grown up "boy wonder." He does a great, almost naive, optimism that is very Dick Grayson and highlights how he's different from Bruce and not just "Batman Jr."
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4:01PM on 03/01/2017
Jake Gyllenhaal
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5:07PM on 03/01/2017
He's not that much younger than Affleck and since they're supposed to be setting up a Teen Titans movie with Nightwing and a couple of other characters crossing over into the Cyborg film I really don't see that happening. He is on the short list of actors they want for Green Lantern, though.
He's not that much younger than Affleck and since they're supposed to be setting up a Teen Titans movie with Nightwing and a couple of other characters crossing over into the Cyborg film I really don't see that happening. He is on the short list of actors they want for Green Lantern, though.
3:28PM on 03/01/2017

At one point, I thought Scott Eastwood was going to be Nightwing

in SUICIDE SQUAD: he showed up prominently in the commercials and his character name on the movie's IMDb page was blank for a long time. That would have been a great twist, to show that Batman had already infiltrated the program.

This is a long way of saying I think Scott Eastwood would make a great Nightwing.
in SUICIDE SQUAD: he showed up prominently in the commercials and his character name on the movie's IMDb page was blank for a long time. That would have been a great twist, to show that Batman had already infiltrated the program.

This is a long way of saying I think Scott Eastwood would make a great Nightwing.
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3:34PM on 03/01/2017
I agree, and I waiting for a big reveal... but alas no.

His involvement in SS pretty much rules him out of being Nightwing now though.
I agree, and I waiting for a big reveal... but alas no.

His involvement in SS pretty much rules him out of being Nightwing now though.
5:05PM on 03/01/2017
Yeah man, they wasted a perfect chance with Scott Eastwood and knowingly trolled their fans by keeping his role secret up until the film's release. He would've been great in the role.
Yeah man, they wasted a perfect chance with Scott Eastwood and knowingly trolled their fans by keeping his role secret up until the film's release. He would've been great in the role.
12:00AM on 03/02/2017
Warner/DC could still make it work if they played their cards right, and were willing to go there. Eastwood's character was really a non-entity: just some Marine commander who assisted the Squad. He had no backstory, and really didn't do anything in the movie.

So it is possible. But what a wasted opportunity...
Warner/DC could still make it work if they played their cards right, and were willing to go there. Eastwood's character was really a non-entity: just some Marine commander who assisted the Squad. He had no backstory, and really didn't do anything in the movie.

So it is possible. But what a wasted opportunity...
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1:41PM on 03/01/2017
I think they should cast Myles Peterman in the role. Relatively unknown, but would definitely be great in the role.
I think they should cast Myles Peterman in the role. Relatively unknown, but would definitely be great in the role.
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1:24PM on 03/01/2017
I think this had already been cast, armie hammer is going to be nightwing. My guess, and I'm fine with that too.
I think this had already been cast, armie hammer is going to be nightwing. My guess, and I'm fine with that too.
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5:09PM on 03/01/2017
Was Armie Hammer officially cast in some DCU film and we all missed it?
Was Armie Hammer officially cast in some DCU film and we all missed it?
6:39PM on 03/01/2017
Not officially but theres been a lot of clues in the past where theres a good chance it might be.
Not officially but theres been a lot of clues in the past where theres a good chance it might be.
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1:16PM on 03/01/2017
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is waiting his call to play the part that was hinted at the end of TDKR
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is waiting his call to play the part that was hinted at the end of TDKR
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1:14PM on 03/01/2017
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the second choice would be Taron Egerton.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the second choice would be Taron Egerton.
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12:28PM on 03/01/2017

Nightwing Casting

Bob Morley from the WB show The 100.
Bob Morley from the WB show The 100.
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12:23PM on 03/01/2017
Nightwing is probably my second favorite DC comics character behind Batman, and the key to the casting will be whoever can pull off the humor and attitude the role needs to have... almost like a more physically badass, but similarly wisecracking Spiderman role. I like Hochelin's look and physicality fit, and loved him in Everybody Wants Some so of those three I'd give him my vote - I really hope they don't screw this one up, the character could be a ton of fun on the big screen (for the first
Nightwing is probably my second favorite DC comics character behind Batman, and the key to the casting will be whoever can pull off the humor and attitude the role needs to have... almost like a more physically badass, but similarly wisecracking Spiderman role. I like Hochelin's look and physicality fit, and loved him in Everybody Wants Some so of those three I'd give him my vote - I really hope they don't screw this one up, the character could be a ton of fun on the big screen (for the first time)
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12:20PM on 03/01/2017
jared padalecki
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11:44AM on 03/01/2017
I'd say Jensen Ackles.
I'd say Jensen Ackles.
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11:39AM on 03/01/2017
Taron Egerton all the way.

(I will cry if Radcliffe gets the role, can't stand him)
Taron Egerton all the way.

(I will cry if Radcliffe gets the role, can't stand him)
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10:26PM on 03/01/2017
Egerton may be a bit young for Grayson, but he also have that parkour skills he can show off.
Egerton may be a bit young for Grayson, but he also have that parkour skills he can show off.
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11:34AM on 03/01/2017
Hands down my pick is Sam Claflin. That's my pick for my [link]
Hands down my pick is Sam Claflin. That's my pick for my [link]
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11:40AM on 03/01/2017
I like Sam Clafin, but he'd be my top pick for Human Torch if MCU ever get F4 back.
I like Sam Clafin, but he'd be my top pick for Human Torch if MCU ever get F4 back.
5:13PM on 03/01/2017
Zedlander, I'd never thought of that but he'd be great. Like most guys, I couldn't stand Zac Efron as a teenager, but the more I say him in films, the more I realized he's actually a decent actor and charismatic as hell and would actually be an awesome Johnny Storm. Unfortunately, they've probably both aged out of the role by this point (Johnny's only 16 when he gets his powers in the comics and they're 29 and 30 respectively).
Zedlander, I'd never thought of that but he'd be great. Like most guys, I couldn't stand Zac Efron as a teenager, but the more I say him in films, the more I realized he's actually a decent actor and charismatic as hell and would actually be an awesome Johnny Storm. Unfortunately, they've probably both aged out of the role by this point (Johnny's only 16 when he gets his powers in the comics and they're 29 and 30 respectively).
11:19AM on 03/01/2017
Kit Harington's got my vote. He's got the look, perfect age (30) compared to affleck, and can bring that GOT loot!
Kit Harington's got my vote. He's got the look, perfect age (30) compared to affleck, and can bring that GOT loot!
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11:17AM on 03/01/2017
How about a relatively unknown actor like Dustin Milligan. He was pretty good in the movie Me, Him, Her.
How about a relatively unknown actor like Dustin Milligan. He was pretty good in the movie Me, Him, Her.
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11:11AM on 03/01/2017
I think Daniel Radcliffe could be interesting. I still think they should go with Penn Badgley. I think he has the right look and is within a decent age range.
I think Daniel Radcliffe could be interesting. I still think they should go with Penn Badgley. I think he has the right look and is within a decent age range.
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11:11AM on 03/01/2017
Garrett Hedlund
Garrett Hedlund
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6:36PM on 03/01/2017
While I have enjoyed some of Garrett Hedlund's films in the past, he really needs more acting lessons.
While I have enjoyed some of Garrett Hedlund's films in the past, he really needs more acting lessons.
9:08PM on 03/01/2017
wtf, is this post serious?
wtf, is this post serious?
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11:05AM on 03/01/2017

Ryan Potter for a Young robin..

A young Tom Welling for Conner Kent.
A young Tom Welling for Conner Kent.
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5:02PM on 03/01/2017
I loved Tom Welling in Smallville, but he's six years older than Henry Cavill so I have no idea how/why you'd cast a "young Tom Welling" as Superboy. You'd either need to have a time machine or spend a lot of money on CGI to de-age him, in which case it'd make a lot more sense (and be cheaper) to just cast somebody whose age appropriate.
I loved Tom Welling in Smallville, but he's six years older than Henry Cavill so I have no idea how/why you'd cast a "young Tom Welling" as Superboy. You'd either need to have a time machine or spend a lot of money on CGI to de-age him, in which case it'd make a lot more sense (and be cheaper) to just cast somebody whose age appropriate.
11:00AM on 03/01/2017
Not sure about Daniel Radcliffe, although he could be great in the role.

I like Tyler Hoechlin, he'd make for a great Nightwing, but with him having appeared as Superman on CW, I doubt it would happen as WB wouldn't want to mix things with their TV counterparts.

My vote would be for Blake Jenner. He's young enough (or at least LOOKS young enough) to be Dick Grayson, plus he's athletic and has shown himself to be an actor that can handle the drama along with the humor which would be
Not sure about Daniel Radcliffe, although he could be great in the role.

I like Tyler Hoechlin, he'd make for a great Nightwing, but with him having appeared as Superman on CW, I doubt it would happen as WB wouldn't want to mix things with their TV counterparts.

My vote would be for Blake Jenner. He's young enough (or at least LOOKS young enough) to be Dick Grayson, plus he's athletic and has shown himself to be an actor that can handle the drama along with the humor which would be necessary for Nightwing.
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10:41AM on 03/01/2017
I don't like any of those for Grayson. I would go with Taron Egerton.
I don't like any of those for Grayson. I would go with Taron Egerton.
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11:41AM on 03/01/2017
Totally agree! I was championing him for the before they even announced this movie!
Totally agree! I was championing him for the before they even announced this movie!
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