Published on August 7th, 2012 | by Gavin Jones23
Joseph Gordon Levitt is Nightwing
**SPOILER ALERT** May be spoilers if you have not yet seen the Dark Knight Rises**SPOILER ALERT**
If you listened to the Sidekickcast Presents…The Dark Knight Rises, you’ll know that my partner in crime, @danlesidekick felt that there should be a Nightwing movie coming off The Dark Rises and that the man in the tights should be Joseph Gordon Levitt. I don’ think this was Nolan’s intention, I believe his intention was that Levitt’s character should be the new Batman but I do like the idea of a Nightwing movie. Dick Grayson has always been a character that interets me, mostly because he grew up in the DC Universe, something that doesn’t really happen too often in comic books…unless of course time travel or alternate worlds are involved (See, Cable, Hope, Supergirl/Powergirl, etc). The other stumbling block is recognition, although Nightwing is fairly well know among the comic book community, I would say his visibility to the mainstream is limited, his younger persona as Robin is much better know and if we had had Robin in his truest form in the Nolan movies then a ‘grown up’ Robin movie (Nightwing) may have more cache. That’s not to say that fan opinion and demand couldn’t reverse this opinion, so for those purposes I started checking out whether there was much demand for a Nightwing movie off the back of The Dark Knight Rises and this is what I found:
Now I know that last one is not JGL but it’s a pretty cool image so I thought I’d include it, there’s a whole lot more out there in terms of blogs, comments on the movie and illustrations of JGL as Nightwing, what I’ve shown you here is just a snippet. One of the main comments has been that the chalk Batman logo that is used throughout TDKR is in actual fact more of a Nightwing logo, and if you look at it, sure it does bear resemblance to Nightwing;’s emblem but again I’m sure this wasn’t Nolan’s intention and is more there just to represent hope and people’s belief in Batman as a physical representation of that hope.
So if you want to see a Nightwing movie make sure you speak up about it, maybe enough buzz can be created that the Hollywood studio types can be convinced there’s money to be made. I will be tweeting about it from time to time using the tag #Nightwingmovie so please feel free to join me but don’t forget after the Batman and Robin there were a whole lot of images like the one below floating around…and I think we can all agree that would’ve been bad, you have been warned.