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Warner Bros. is giving a solo Nightwing film to The Lego Batman Movie director

Holy turnaround, Batman!

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Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Director Chris McKay, fresh off The Lego Batman Movie, is in negotiations to reprise his turn on some of the DC Universe’s most famous characters. The Hollywood Reporter announced today that McKay is negotiations to helm a stand-alone, live-action film about Nightwing, the superhero formerly known as Robin.

There have been many Robins over the years, but there is only one Nightwing (generally speaking): Dick Grayson, the first teenager to make up the younger half of Batman’s Dynamic Duo. Grayson was Robin from 1940, a year after Batman’s own debut, until 1984, when he was aged up a bit and branched off on his own under the code name Nightwing.

Warner Bros. has already tasked screenwriter Bill Dubuque (The Accountant, The Judge) with crafting a script for the as-yet unnamed film. The Nightwing movie would join a Suicide Squad sequel, a Harley Quinn spinoff, a stand-alone Batman film starring Ben Affleck and movies for Shazam, the Flash and Cyborg on the list of DC Comics properties that Warner Bros. is in some stage of preproduction on at the moment.

It’s hard not to see McKay’s involvement in a Batman-related DC Expanded Universe film as an endorsement of The Lego Batman Movie’s more character-focused, optimistic and comedy oriented take on the Batman mythos. Perhaps Warner Bros. is learning a thing or two.