Nightwing is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character has appeared in various incarnations, with the Nightwing identity most prominently being adopted by Dick Grayson when he moved on from his role as Batman’s vigilante partner Robin.
Although Nightwing is commonly associated with Batman, the title and concept have origins in classic Superman stories. The original Nightwing in DC Comics was an identity assumed by alien superhero Superman when stranded on the Kryptonian city of Kandor with his pal Jimmy Olsen. Drawing inspiration from Batman and Robin, the two protect Kandor as the superheroes Nightwing and Flamebird. Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity reboot in 1985, Nightwing was re-imagined as a legendary vigilante from Krypton whose story inspires Dick Grayson’s choice of name when he leaves behind his Robin identity.
Other stories set among the Batman family of characters have seen acquaintances and friends of Dick Grayson briefly assume the title, including his fellow Robin alumnus Jason Todd. Meanwhile, Superman stories have seen Superman’s adopted son Chris Kent and Power Girl take up the name for brief turns as Nightwing. Various other characters have taken the name in stories set outside DC’s main continuity as well, and at times the role has been unoccupied, such as when Dick Grayson operated as Batman and after faking his death.
Nightwing book. In 2013, Nightwing placed 5th on IGN’s Top 25 Heroes of DC Comics and Grayson as Nightwing was ranked the #1 Sexiest Male Character in Comics by ComicsAlliance in 2013.
The John Blake actor was asked if he would like to pick up where Nolan’s trilogy left off and star as Batman or Nightwing in his own movie. Gordon-Levitt doesn’t think that movie is necessary, because The Dark Knight Rises had a perfect ending:
“I know we’re all used to the sort of Marvel movies, which are just kind of endless series. They don’t really have a beginning, middle, and end. But I think Nolan very much thought of that movie as a conclusion, and there’s a theme that runs through all three of those movies that begins in the first movie, runs through the second movie and it concludes in that moment where he says that Batman is more than a man, Batman is a symbol. And so to have another man other than Bruce Wayne kind of becoming Batman at the end of that trilogy, I think that’s the perfect ending to that story.”
He was meant to take over the Batman persona for Bruce Wayne. The entire movie, and practically the entire trilogy drove that point home. Batman was a symbol. A legend. More than just any one man. At the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne left John Blake everything he needed to become the Batman.
The first flicker of hope for the Worlds of DC’s future came with the surprise news that James Gunn was making the move from Marvel to DC. Gunn was announced to be working on Suicide Squad 2, initially only as a writer. To go with the release dates we knew for Birds of Prey (February 7, 2020) and Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5, 2020), we now know that The Suicide Squad 2 will be released on August 6, 2021 and it will be preceded by The Batman on June 25, 2021.
The strangest thing about finally having such a clear picture of the direction that the Worlds of DC is taking is that we now know next-to-nothing about the MCU’s future beyond Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Sure, there’s the expected sequels for Black Panther and Doctor Strange, but no confirmed release-date plans. That will definitely come after Avengers: Endgame has saturated April and we know the state it leaves the MCU in, yet it’s certainly a rarity to know more about DC’s plans than Marvel’s.