Current Nightwing scribe Tim Seeley may be just about ready to move on from Dick Grayson's comic book adventures and head over to Green Lanterns, but with a movie coming up based on the adventures of Batman's first ward, it seemed like it was worth at least asking whether or not he had ever considered what he would do for a film version.
Seeley, who co-wrote a screenplay based on his creator-owned comic Revival with Sarah Fischer for director Luke Boyce, told ComicBook.com during a recent interview that he has given serious thought to how he would tackle a Nightwing movie.
“I have it in my head actually,” said Seeley. “I would do a very similar thing to what we did in the first six issues of Nightwing — the Raptor story. If the story is going to have to be about a guy who was trained by Batman going off to fight on his own, then having him fight a guy who wants to be his new mentor and changes, I think that’s the perfect story for it. I think the first act is, he’s dealing with a villain — it could be the Court of Owls or something but it could be anything else. The threat is a threat that affects Batman and the family, because you want to have some relationship with that, then he gets corrupted, and has to fight Raptor. I think that’s your three-act movie.”
Seeley joked that he would used Raptor “not just because I would love the sweet royalties of having a character in the movie that I made up but also because [Nightwing rogue] Blockbuster would be really hard to film, I think. The reflection that is Blockbuster, he’s Hulk-powered, and having Dick fight him as an equal in a film I think would be hard to do. You could move up to it, but it would be a challenge.”
Of course, if not for the fact that he appears to be the villain in Matt Reeves' The Batman, Deathstroke the Terminator would be an obvious choice, given his long history as a foil for both the Bat-family and the Teen Titans, of which Dick used to be a member.
“Barring them using Raptor, I think you could do a very similar storyline with Deathstroke if you wanted to — although the hard thing about Deathstroke is that he’s an assassin so believing that Dick would follow him is tough,” Seeley said. “I think making it Raptor and having him be somehow attached to Dick’s past, to his mother, I think that’s how you do superhero movies. I think it would work pretty well.”
The actual Nightwing movie, directed by Chris McKay, is expected to start shooting in 2018 for a February 2019 release.
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