Warner Bros lines up directors for Batman and Nightwing movies

Warner Bros doesn’t believe in learning to walk before you run.

Not only has Matt Reeves signed on to direct The Batman, but The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay is in negotiations to direct a Nightwing movie, too.

Sure, why not?

Reeves’ appointment as the director of The Batman has been an absolute roller coaster so far. Variety announced him as the director two weeks ago, before The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that Reeves had walked away from negotiations last weekend.

Now Variety reports that Reeves is back in, and this time, he’s officially signed on the dotted line.

“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child,” Reeves told Variety. “He is such an iconic and compelling  character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”

This will be Reeves’ first comic book adaptation; his previous directorial efforts include Cloverfield, Let Me In (adapted from Let The Right One In), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. He actually made his directorial debut way back in 1996 with the David Schwimmer rom-com, The Pallbearer.

Not content with finally getting the “crown jewel” in their DCEU stable back on track, Warner Bros is reportedly also in negotiations with director Chris McKay to helm a Nightwing solo film.

McKay, who made his feature-film directorial debut with The Lego Batman Movie (which featured Dick Grayson, in the form of Michael Cera’s Robin), would be making his live-action debut.

Late last month, McKay tweeted that he was going to pitching a live-action DC film to Warner Bros — I guess we can assume the pitch went well.

He’ll be working from a script by Bill Dubuque (The Accountant).

There’s no star or release date attached to the Nightwing movie, so it’s not a given that the film will find its way onto the slate anytime soon — you might recall that Dwayne Johnson announced he was attached to Shazam way back in 2014, and that movie has only just gotten a director, so the studio’s not necessarily in a rush here.

Personally, I’d like to see them take their time with the Nightwing movie and give Affleck’s Batman movie some room to breathe first. Tease Nightwing in that film, sure, but build to it organically, rather than rushing into another Batman v Superman situation.

Still, expect Nightwing casting rumours — and plenty of gratuitous butt shots — to start flowing soon…



3 thoughts on “Warner Bros lines up directors for Batman and Nightwing movies”

    1. Hey, Marco! ‘Real life’ has gotten in the way of blogging for the time being (and I’m rethinking how I should approach the site), but I am definitely down with that Joss Whedon Batgirl film.
      I think it’s a big ‘get’ for DC.

      I’d still like to see a good solo Batfleck film before any of this other stuff comes out, but Whedon’s Batgirl and McKay’s Nightwing both strike me as fun, exciting projects. It makes sense for DC to treat Gotham as its own cinematic universe, given that there are so many strong supporting characters there.

      I wasn’t crazy about Age of Ultron, but I think Whedon will do a good job with Batgirl. Seems like a natural fit. What do you think?


  1. I hope Whedon will keep his Tweeting to a minimum. Whatever one thinks of his political views (and I mostly agree with them) he does tend to create is unnecessary controversy (his attack on Nicole Kidman was unfair and cruel, especially for someone who identifies himself as a feminist.

    That said, he’s a great talent, and I’m excited by the potential of a Batgirl movie from the guy who created Buffy. Plus, with the first Avengers film Whedon provided us with one of the best comic-book movies yet (admittedly, Age of Ultron fell short by comparison). Fingers crossed. We could be looking at a raft of great Gotham-orientated movies in the next few years, including the solo Batman film, Nightwing, and Gotham Sirens.

    And I appreciate the update on the site. I just wanted to let you know, I’m interested whatever direction you decide to take the ‘Almost Gotham’ blog.


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