Warner Bros. “Cancels” DC’s Highly-Anticipated Superhero Movie “Nightwing”

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By Black Widow

In the midst of major changes, including the Warner Bros. Discovery merger and a significant reboot of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), Nightwing has met an unexpected fate.

Despite initial hopes that the project would weather the storm of development shifts, recent reports indicate a different outcome.

The Demise of Nightwing

The highly-anticipated Nightwing movie, helmed by director Chris McKay, has been officially canceled. This project, centered around Batman’s former sidekick Dick Grayson, was first announced back in 2017.

However, it seems that it will not see the light of day. The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez confirmed this unfortunate development, stating on social media platform X that “that project is dead.”

Origins and Aspirations of Nightwing

Chris McKay’s Nightwing was initially envisioned as a spin-off of Ben Affleck’s Batman project, offering fans a fresh perspective on the Batman universe.


In 2022, casting rumors hinted at actor Dylan O’Brien taking on the role of Dick Grayson, further fueling anticipation. McKay himself expressed his enthusiasm for the character and the project, even amidst the evolving DC landscape.

James Gunn’s Influence

The involvement of James Gunn, known for his work on Guardians of the Galaxy, adds an intriguing layer to this story. While there have been no direct conversations between Gunn and McKay, Gunn’s upcoming DC project, Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters – The Brave and the Bold, offers a possible explanation for Nightwing’s cancellation.

The Brave and the Bold

According to DC Studios, The Brave and the Bold is set to include not only Batman and Damian Wayne but also other members of the extended Bat Family.

This suggests that DC’s leadership may have their own vision for Dick Grayson or are reserving his introduction for this upcoming release.

A Hint of Nightwing’s Return

Interestingly, a poll among DC fans revealed Nightwing to be one of the top ten characters they most wanted to see. James Gunn, noticing this enthusiasm, reposted the poll and teasingly asked if “5 of 10 do?”

This cryptic response has left fans speculating about the potential return of Nightwing, albeit possibly in a different form.


The cancellation of the movie has disappointed many fans who were eager to see a fresh take on this beloved character.

The evolving landscape of the DC Universe, with James Gunn’s involvement and the forthcoming The Brave and the Bold film, suggests that Dick Grayson’s story may not be over.

While the original Nightwing movie may have been scrapped, there’s hope that the “highly anticipated” character will still find his way into the hearts of DC enthusiasts in the future.