Chris McKay, who is set to direct an upcoming Nightwing movie for the DC Extended Universe, says that he has no plans to leave the franchise unless the studio makes him go.
This comes shortly after it was announced that Joss Whedon, who previously co-directed Justice League with Zack Snyder, would not be directing a Batgirl film as was decided last year. It was one of many changes that have been done to directors so far, as Warner Bros. continually tries to find a winning formula for its floundering franchise.
When one fan on Twitter said that McKay would probably wind up leaving Nightwing, the director responded by saying “I’m pretty sure WB are going to have to fire me if they want me to leave Nightwing…..”
While there is no set date for the movie to begin production, McKay has told fans that he is working on the project. In particular there has been a lot of buzz about who will play the main character, with hints that casting announcements may be coming in the near future.
“Nightwing” is one of the superhero aliases of Dick Grayson, whom casual fans may know better as Batman’s first sidekick, Robin. In the comics, Dick eventually grew up and began his own superhero career under the new name, though he still teams up with his old mentor often. Batman, meanwhile, has since trained several other Boy Wonders, most notably his biological son, Damian Wayne.
McKay has experience with the Batfamily, having directed last year’s popular Lego Batman Movie, which featured a young, happy-go-lucky version of Dick. Many fans are looking forward to seeing his take on him grown up, so hopefully he will, indeed, stick around to show them.