Blüdhaven is filled with abandoned industrial complexes and riddled with crime, and it doesn’t have the luxury of a man dressed as bat with his shining light in the sky to come to the rescue. By comparison, it can show us that Batman’s work in Gotham isn’t actually without its merits. Blüdhaven is a place of opportunity, for both criminals and heroes. A place to start fresh, especially for a young hero who has left Gotham behind.
When Bruce adopted Dick, he gave him a roof over his head and a stability that he had never known, but also a purpose. Haly’s Circus is in the roots of the character, and it’s embedded in Dick’s DNA. It’s a place he sometimes finds himself coming back to as a reminder of the first life he knew; a home away from home.
While Nightwing employs fewer fancy gadgets than Batman, he does rely on the signature use of his escrima sticks, which are often depicted as being electrified, adding a certain sparkle of blue to his theatrics. This could all add up to spectacular fight sequences, something along the lines of what we have seen in “Daredevil” on Netflix, only even more exuberant.
In the spirit of doing things differently than his former partner does, the movie could opt to showcase Nightwing’s driving prowess behind the bars of his bike. With today’s technology and the ever-expanding capabilities of stunt teams, this could all lead to a few breathtaking motorcycle chase sequences that could rival even the most famous car chases put on film. Think of the famous Batpod tunnel chase scene from “The Dark Knight” and then add the comic book spectacle of the DCEU movies. Now you have a standout action sequence waiting to happen.
As a mercenary, Slade could appear as a side villain, paying a visit to Blüdhaven to fulfill a particular contract. Attempting to take out his target could set him right in Nightwing’s crosshairs, and set up a rivalry that could be followed up in more movies, from a sequel to an actual “Teen Titans” movie.
Speaking of the Teen Titans, as an original member and founder of the team, we would expect nothing less than to see or hear a few mentions of at least a few of Dick’s future (or former?) team members. Since Batman is currently busy recruiting metahumans to form a certain league, so too could Nightwing be inspired to follow suit and create his own superhero team. All that would be needed are a few news articles scattered over his apartment, or maybe a wall with newspaper clippings and notes, something that he keeps up with on his downtime.
While this movie will be our first opportunity to see Nightwing go out on his own, there is something else we need to see as well. We need to see the fighting unit that was Batman and Robin in the DCEU. We need to see what Gotham City was like when these two owned the night, jumping from rooftop to rooftop. But not only that, this would also give us a look at a different kind of Bruce Wayne, one who was more fatherly and protective.
Since Robin was quite young when he first started out as Batman’s partner, we would maybe require a younger actor to step into the green boots and yellow cape to highlight the fact that this was a long time ago. In the DCEU, Batman has been operating for more than 20 years, and we need to see that reflected in his relationship with Robin. We need to see them excel at what they did, see them bond and see them share some warmer, quieter moments if we are to get to the next point on this list.
We know from “Batman v. Superman” that Bruce Wayne has been on his own for a while. Other than Alfred in the Batcave, he takes to the Gotham streets alone. If we know that Dick Grayson was a part of his brighter past, it begs the question “what could have possibly happened between them?” With Dick striking on his own in Blüdhaven, a few mentions of Batman’s name thrown his way could allow Dick to react in a resentful, maybe even hateful way.
The answer could lie in a mystery that has been running in both “Batman v. Superman” and “Suicide Squad,” meaning the Robin armor left in the Batcave, that’s perpetually haunting Bruce Wayne. If the rumors and theories are to be believed, this armor could belong to none other than the second Robin, Jason Todd, who died at the hands of the Joker. If Bruce lost him, it could be possible that he decided to push Dick far away from him in order to save him from a fate similar to Jason’s.
While Bruce and Dick might have a fractured relationship, it doesn’t have to be that Nightwing does with Alfred also. If Bruce is the father figure, then Alfred is the uncle, the one Dick could talk to when Bruce wouldn’t listen. He was always there for him, and it would make sense to have him be a small part of this movie.
Dick Grayson sets himself apart from Batman because he doesn’t share his bleak outlook on life. While they both went through the same crucible, there’s something about Dick that he simply doesn’t share with Bruce: a positive outlook on life. He tries to see the best in everyone, and really sets out to help them in any way he can. His arrival in the dark city of Blüdhaven is a contrast all on its own, and this fact should be highlighted in the film.
Unlike Batman, Dick is not a product of his environment, and the producers should let him be the light in the dark that he is. He knows how and when to smile, how to crack a joke and laugh. He has tons of heart, energy and spirit. Ask any comic fan to describe Dick Grayson to someone who doesn’t know him, and nine times out of 10, they’ll tell you that he is more or less Superman without super-powers.
With the Rebirth event currently underway in the DC comics, Nightwing was brought back to his original colors of black and blue. Colors he is associated with, and recognized by, from the “Arkham” video game series and the “Young Justice” animated series. If Dick Grayson is to hit the big screen, it needs to be with the iconic colors that make him who he is. It sets him apart from Batman and the other members of the Bat-family, and it cements his position as a standalone hero.
One in black and blue, the other in black and red: opposing each other. One forgotten and abandoned by Bruce Wayne, the other pushed away to be saved and protected. This would make for a great personal story that would tie into everything we know so far about the Batman, giving us answers to lingering questions, all the while setting up a possible rehabilitation for Jason thanks to Dick’s eternal hope and willingness to do right by everyone. It’s a story that could end with no one dying and no one losing, with the sun rising over Blüdhaven.
Good list. I guess I want to see a Nightwing movie more than I thought.
You brought us all together because you understood our pain, our loneliness, better than anyone could. We needed family. We needed you.
You’re not just a mask, you’re a man. The best man I’ve ever known.