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Nightwing Director Reveals Why The Film Wasn’t On Dceu Slate At Comic-Con

5 August 2017 2:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When it comes to Warner’s plans for a live-action Nightwing movie – plans that were initially put into place back in February – the search for Dick Grayson is ongoing, but that hasn’t stopped writer-director Chris McKay from maintaining an open dialogue with curious fans via Twitter.

McKay, who is perhaps best known for his celebrated work on The Lego Batman Movie, has taken to the social media platform this week to clear up a bit of confusion. You see, last month at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. revealed logos for most of the films populating their upcoming Dceu slate. However, several movies were missing, including Nightwing.

Some fans took its absence to mean that perhaps it’s a lot further away than we initially thought. Or worse yet, cancelled. Now, however, the director’s sorted everything out, saying on Twitter that he’s taking his time with the movie »

- Matt Joseph

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Nightwing Director Chris McKay Reveals Why The Film Did Not Appear In The Dceu Slate At Comic-Con

4 August 2017 10:24 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Nightwing may not have been mentioned in the Dceu's upcoming slate of films at Comic-Con, but that doesn't mean he's been forgotten. According to director Chris McKay, the film was left out for a reason »

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Lego ‘Brick Race’ Movie Draws Director Jorge Gutierrez

2 August 2017 6:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has tapped “The Book of Life” director Jorge Gutierrez to develop the “Billion Brick Race” project in a studio off-shoot from its Lego franchise.

“Billion Brick Race,” which has not yet been greenlit by the studio, was previously in development with Jason Segel and Drew Pearce. Producers are Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee. Chris McKay and Jill Wilfert of Lego are executive producing.

The Lego Movie” grossed nearly $470 million worldwide in 2014 amid strong support from critics and fans for its goofy story line and unique look. That success spurred Warner Bros. to develop “The Lego Batman Movie,” which opened in February and grossed $310 million worldwide; and “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” which opens Sept. 22.

Warner Bros. announced earlier this year that it had hired “Trolls” director Mike Mitchell for  “The Lego Movie” sequel for Warner Bros. Animation. He replaced Rob Schrab on the project, which is set for a Feb. 8, 2019, release »

- Dave McNary

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No Deathstroke In The Batman? Put Him In Chris McKay’s Nightwing Then

1 August 2017 6:27 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Another week, another Dceu rumor. This time, fans have lost their minds wondering whether Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke will be appearing in Matt ReevesThe Batman or not. To be fair, Reeves himself probably doesn’t know yet, either, as he’s likely rewriting the script as we speak, so it’s all up in the air at the moment.

While all of us would love to see Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight and Deathstroke go toe to toe in a battle of strength and wits, the lack of Slade Wilson in the Bat’s solo film shouldn’t be too big of a concern right now. After all, there are other loose ends that Reeves will need to tie up, so perhaps it’s best he sees to those first. For example, Jason Todd’s death and how the hell the Joker got that stupid grill and tattoos.

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Exclusive: Batman: The Animated Series star Loren Lester on returning as Nightwing in Batman and Harley Quinn

21 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Josh Wilding

Batman and Harley Quinn is the latest animated movie from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment and in case the title didn’t make it clear, it pairs up the Dark Knight with the Maid of Mischief for an adventure which also throws Nightwing into the mix.

In the movie, a looming global catastrophe forces the two heroes mentioned above to partner with Harley in an adventure full of unexpected twists and turns and stellar action.

We recently had the chance to sit down with Loren Lester, an actor who will be instantly familiar to fans of the groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series. It was in that he voiced Nightwing and he’s since lent his voice to everything from The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Batman: Arkham Knight.

However, his most famous role remains Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing and »

- Josh Wilding

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Dunkirk Actor Might Have Spoken To WB About Playing Nightwing

19 July 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One of the many DC movies in development at Warner Bros. is a Nightwing solo film, showcasing Batman’s former sidekick Dick Grayson as he goes at it alone. With the project apparently being fast-tracked into production, we expect the hotly-contested titular role to be cast sooner rather than later and now, one more star has thrown his name into the ring.

Young Irish actor Barry Keoghan has just got his big break as part of the ensemble cast of Christopher Nolan’s war movie epic Dunkirk, but he’s already set his sights on entering the lucrative world of comic book cinema. In an interview with Entertainment.Ie, Keoghan talked about how much he wants to play Robin.

“Oh yeah, I wanna play Robin. There are many times when I’ve preached this, you know…. I’ve always said Robin. Everyone wants to play Batman [but] you know there’s something interesting about Robin. »

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New Dceu movies, unused Spider-Man: Homecoming suit, Dunkirk review and more – Daily News Roundup

18 July 2017 11:56 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Two New Dceu Movies

Following the fantastic reactions and box office success of Wonder Woman, the Dceu feels like its getting itself back on track after a rocky 2016 and early 2017. There have been a lot of rumours of future entries into the universe, and yesterday Warner Bros. announced that it has set release dates for two new DC Films projects, which are set to arrive on February 14th 2020 and June 5th 2020. Find out what movie that could be here.


One movie that could be is Nightwing, and director Chris McKay has revealed what he is looking for in his casting of Dick Grayson. Check out what he had to say here.

Shazam Rumours

Although we know for a fact it won’t be Shazam, which currently has a planned release date of April 5th 2019. And, if rumours are to be believed, the film is heading into production next February »

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Director Chris McKay Wants An Emotional And Grueling Nightwing Film

18 July 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

The recent news of a Dceu Nightwing movie caught most comic book fans off guard. Let's be honest, the announcement caught just about everyone off guard, particularly the majority of mainstream moviegoers who probably know little to nothing about the character. Given the Dceu's struggles over the past few years, one has to wonder if it's wise to introduce a Batman spinoff film while the the general public is still trying to wrap their heads around Cyborg, Shazam, and Aquaman movies.

However, if you take a step back, this might be the smartest, and slyest move in the entire Dceu slate. In Nightwing, not only do you have a younger and lighter version of Batman, there's also the aspect of being Batman's adopted son. Anyone who grew up with a driven, strong-willed parent knows it's no picnic growing up in their shadow. Additionally, modern superhero films really haven't dealt »

- David Kozlowski

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What The Dceu’s Nightwing Needs To Have, According To The Director

18 July 2017 8:31 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Nightwing movie is currently set to be helmed by The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay, and he recently opened up about what he'll need from the film's leading actor. »

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Nightwing director reveals what he’s looking for when casting Dick Grayson

18 July 2017 4:44 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in February of this year it was announced that The Lego Batman Movie helmer Chris McKay is set to swap the world of DC animation for the live-action DC Extended Universe as director on a Nightwing feature, and the filmmaker has been speaking on Twitter about the appeal of the character and what he’s looking for when it comes to the casting of Dick Grayson.

The story of Dick Grayson, becoming Robin, then becoming Nightwing played out for us, the audience, in the comics in Real Time.

Chris McKay (@buddboetticher) July 16, 2017

It wasn’t a flashback. We experienced it. So all of Robin/Nightwings successes and failures we were along for the ride.

Chris McKay (@buddboetticher) July 16, 2017

And people that underestimated Robin or dismissed him perhaps had their opinions changed as we watched him “grow up” right in front of us.

Chris McKay (@buddboetticher) July 16, 2017

His relationships, »

- Gary Collinson

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Platoon Reunion! Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen and Kevin Dillion Celebrate Film's 30th Anniversary with House Party

17 July 2017 10:27 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

What do you get when Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen and Kevin Dillion hang out together? A Platoon reunion!

The actors gathered at Depp’s Hollywood Hills home in Los Angeles on Sunday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Oscar-winning Oliver Stone-directed film, according to a photo shared on Dillon’s Instagram.

Though the war drama, inspired by Stone’s tour of duty in Vietnam, premiered on Dec. 24, 1986, it appears it’s never too late for a get-together among former costars!

Over three decades ago, a 20-year-old Sheen starred as Stone’s onscreen alter ego Pfc Chris Taylor, whose »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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Nightwing Movie: Chris McKay Says Potential Dick Grayson Candidates Will Have To Meet Certain Criteria

17 July 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When it comes to Warner’s plans for a live-action Nightwing movie – plans that were initially put into place back in February – the search for Dick Grayson is ongoing, but that hasn’t stopped writer-director Chris McKay from maintaining an open dialogue with curious fans via Twitter.

McKay, who is perhaps best known for his celebrated work on The Lego Batman Movie, posted a series of Tweets over the weekend to explain his thought process behind the casting of Dick Grayson, and why Warner’s candidate of choice will need to be prepared for a rigorous, “emotionally taxing” shoot involving stunt work, martial arts, and gymnastics. It’s all part of the director’s promise to create a compelling Nightwing solo movie that simultaneously stands on its own two feet, all the while becoming a worthy addition to the DC Extended Universe.

And whoever winds up in the spandex, word »

- Michael Briers

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Nightwing Director Chris McKay Reveals What He's Looking For When It Comes To Casting Dick Grayson

17 July 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay explains what he thinks is so special about Dick Grayson/Nightwing and what the actor he casts in the live-action movie will need to do to do the hero justice. »

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Blade Runner 2049 Trailer 2: No One Can Outrun The Truth

17 July 2017 7:16 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

For decades, audiences have been waiting to see some kind of follow-up to the iconic classic Ridley Scott film, Blade Runner. It was a film that, when released, wasn’t really given the time of day. Over the years, however, it’s found its place in the hall of fame of important sci-fi cinema, and is considered to be one of the films that sets the bar for the genre.

But could the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, live up to the promise of the original film? That’s an answer we likely won’t fully know until some time after we see the movie. As evidenced by the performance of the first movie, you can’t always rely on initial impressions to be completely accurate in terms of how a film will be received in decades to come. However, if there is one filmmaker who can get the flick to »

- Joseph Medina

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The Best Films of 2017 (So Far)

21 June 2017 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With new movies from Christopher Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow, and Steven Spielberg on the horizon for the second half of 2017, it’s tempting to conclude that the year is off to a slow start. Truth be told, there have been no shortage of quality releases so far — you just have to look a little harder than the likes of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Wonder Woman,” although both those hits are encouraging in their own way. Because studios tend to hold their serious Oscar contenders till Q4, any mid-year list of favorites naturally skews toward fun, so don’t be surprised to see comedy and horror films among the films that have electrified us so far. Except for “Get Out” — the biggest and most welcome surprise so far this year — the list is alphabetical.

Get Out

Jordan Peele’s racial-nightmare horror movie (pictured, above) is ticklish and disturbing enough to feel like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” directed by Roman Polanski. The powerful connection it has made with audiences demonstrates one of the eternal — but perpetually forgotten — lessons of the movie business: If you dare to make the forbidden film that everyone says you’re not “supposed” to make…they will come! – Og

Beatriz at Dinner

The first comedy of the Age of Trump. In this darkly witty collaboration between director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White (their first dual outing since “Chuck & Buck” and “The Good Girl”), Salma Hayek is all luminous angelic flakiness as Beatriz, a downtrodden New Age massage therapist who gets invited to a client’s high-powered dinner party. There, a proudly piggish real-estate baron (John Lithgow) brings out her vengeful inner tiger. Is he a Trump figure? Yes, but less for his tycoon bluster than for the way he stands in for the death of empathy.  – Og

The Big Sick

Did you notice that romantic comedies have disappeared? That makes Michael Showalter’s indie gem not just a Sundance breakout film but a witty, heart-rending new model for the romcom genre. Set in Chicago, it’s about Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), a stand-up comedian from a traditional Pakistani Muslim family, and Emily (Zoe Kazan), whom he falls in love with but secretly thinks he’s forbidden to marry. Romance and comedy are but two dimensions in a tale of illness, identity, and the way the peskiest of parents can be your best friends.  – Og

Baby Driver

Buckle up for attitude and adrenaline as Edgar Wright revisits the idea behind his music video for Mint Royale’s “Blue Song,” focusing on a getaway driver with a penchant for pop tunes. This unapologetic exercise in style might not be deep, but it makes for some swell summer entertainment. — Pd

Contemporary Color

Although the world lost “Stop Making Sense” director Jonathan Demme earlier this year, we’re fortunate that singer David Byrne is still breaking the sound barrier — and that brothers Bill and Turner Ross were there to witness this ecstatic brainchild, in which top pop acts with 10 high school color guard squads. — Pd

Heal the Living

Gifted French helmer Katell Quillévéré shows compassion for even the most minor characters touched by a tragedy that enables a life-saving heart transplant in this stirring French melodrama. Though it barely made a blip in theatrical release, watch for this deeply felt festival gem when it hits home video in August. — Pd

Land of Mine

How long can you hold your breath? If the answer is anything less than 101 minutes, you might want to rethink watching this white-knuckle Danish war movie, a runner-up for the foreign-language Oscar, in which a team of German soldiers (kids, really) are tasked with removing landmines buried by their comrades. — Pd

The Lego Batman Movie

It lacks the sheer everything-in-this-film-is-awesome novelty of “The Lego Movie,” but it brings off something else. In portraying Batman (played to manly-voiced comic perfection by Will Arnett) as a ruthlessly monomaniacal, paralyzingly insecure compulsive loner, disconnected from everything but his heroic self-branding, Chris McKay’s animated dazzler comes closer to portraying a superhero as a complex being than any comic-book movie has in years.  — Og

Lost in Paris

The year will be hard-pressed to deliver a funnier movie than the latest from physical-comedy partners in crime Abel and Gordon (check your local arthouse listings!). Whether dancing along the Seine or dangling from the Eiffel Tower, the duo make Paris their playground. And don’t miss the last performance by Emmanuelle Riva, who died in January. — Pd


While nothing can top Blumhouse’s brilliant “Get Out” in the horror-as-social-critique category, director Julia Ducournau creeps the bejesus out of audiences with her own unnerving outsider story. Intense hazing scenes prove every bit as scary as the infamous finger-eating moment in a fever-dream that dares us to identify with the monster, a shy French med student who develops a taste for human flesh.  – Og

The Settlers

Attempting to deconstruct the 70-year morass of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis may be a fool’s errand, but no documentary in years — or perhaps decades — has captured the story behind the story the way that Shimon Dotan’s eye-opening chronicle of the Israeli settlement movement does. It allows you to glimpse the grand design of events in a way that even the Israeli leaders who presided over them often didn’t. – Og


After a long stretch of bloated, borderline-embarrassing movies, M. Night Shyamalan pulled off his best surprise yet, delivering ingenuity on a shoestring with this tricksy multiple-personality thriller, which embraces its limitations while making the most of its central asset: a tour-de-force lead performance from cracked-out chameleon James McAvoy. — Pd

Their Finest

While the modern film industry reevaluates the under-representation of women in key roles, Danish director Lone Scherfig reminds that the problem is nothing new, focusing on a female screenwriter’s contributions to England’s wartime propaganda effort. The movie has it all: comedy, romance, intrigue, and a scene-stealing turn from Bill Nighy. — Pd

Related storiesOscars at the Halfway Mark: 'Logan,' 'Get Out' and Women DirectorsPlayback: Kumail Nanjiani on 'The Big Sick' and the Need for RepresentationAnsel Elgort Is Excited for 'Baby Driver' to Make Him 'Look Like a Bada--' »

- Peter Debruge and Owen Gleiberman

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Lego Ninjago Movie Poster Finds the Ninja Within Ya

19 June 2017 5:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. has released a new poster for their highly-anticipated Lego Movie spin-off, The Lego Ninjago Movie, which could hint that a new trailer is on the way as well. It's been four months since the first Lego Ninjago Movie trailer debuted in February, so perhaps this poster could be getting fans ready for the next batch of footage. This one-sheet features several of these stealth ninja character, seem hiding high in the trees above, brandishing several different Lego Ninago weapons like swords, nunchucks and a bow and arrow set. These ninjas are certainly not ones to be trifled with.

In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, »

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Moonlight; The Lego Batman Movie; Harmonium; The Exterminating Angel and more – review

17 June 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A repeat viewing enhances Barry Jenkins’s masterly Oscar-winning drama about a gay man growing up in Miami, while on a lighter note, Chris McKay’s Dark Knight parody almost matches up to its predecessor

Several months on from that chaotic moment at the Oscar podium, the topsy-turvy best picture triumph of Moonlight (Altitude, 15) seems no less astonishing in retrospect. In a sense, Barry Jenkins’s shimmering, trisected portrait of a young African American man’s developing sexuality had to win in unprecedented circumstances, because nothing like it had ever scaled that summit of mainstream acclaim. Still, we should resist the urge to turn this lovely, supple, tactile film into some kind of all-purpose landmark. The beauty of this character study lies in intimate particularities: those of its internally riven, love-starved protagonist, Chiron, certainly, but also those of Jenkins’s own tender, sensual gaze, coloured by such plainly cherished influences »

- Guy Lodge

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Rumor: Warner Bros. Mulling Over A Host Of Possible DC Supervillains For Suicide Squad 2

16 June 2017 9:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Bane, Scarecrow, and Maxwell Lord – three supervillains that have reportedly been shortlisted for Suicide Squad 2, according to a report compiled by 4chan.

First spotted by the DCEULeaks subreddit, the exhaustive post touched on many of the DC tentpoles currently in development at Warner Bros., including The Batman, Batgirl, Man of Steel 2 and the Nightwing solo movie headed up by writer-director Chris McKay. The latter is reportedly being prepped for take-off in July of next year, which is either nigh on wishful thinking or one of the more impressive turnarounds we’ve seen from the DC Extended Universe – or any shared universe for that matter – in recent years.

When it comes to Task Force X’s next big-screen outing, though, there hasn’t been any tangible development since the appointment of Adam Cozad, screenwriter on Warner’s Legend of Tarzan reboot. The search for a director is ongoing, too, after »

- Michael Briers

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Rumor: Nightwing Movie Fast-Tracked At Warner, May Feature Blockbuster As The Primary Villain

16 June 2017 9:06 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The onslaught of DC rumors continues apace and this time, it is Nightwing‘s turn to step into the spotlight.

Pulled from the same 4chan report (via Reddit) that brought us alleged updates on The Batman, Man of Steel 2, and Joss Whedon’s Batgirl movie, we should stress that these rumors ought to be approached with a heightened sense of caution – it is the superhero genre, after all, a genre that tends to generate more speculation and hearsay than all the others combined.

The veracity of 4chan’s findings is up for question, then, but assuming the allegations hold true, it seems Chris McKay’s Nightwing movie is “moving extremely fast” at Warner Bros. Not only that, but it’s purportedly eyeing a release on July 13th, 2018. It would certainly fill the void left vacant by The Flash, which was once slated for early 2018 before production woes forced the Barry »

- Michael Briers

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Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films

16 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Even though the worlds of film and TV are converging more than ever before, it’s interesting to note just how many of the people behind the biggest films of the year have tried their hand at TV work in the past.

Get Out” director Jordan Peele never officially directed an episode of his long-running Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele,” but his debut film currently sits at No. 7 on the year’s domestic box office list. Go up and down the rest of that chart and you’ll find movies from directors who’ve made valuable contributions to TV comedies and dramas alike.

Most of these episodes were pilots or season premieres, ways for directors to help establish a template or shorthand for what governs life in front of and behind the camera for the duration of these series. While some of these filmmakers took multiple opportunities in the TV director’s seat, »

- Steve Greene

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