After learning that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel Batman Vs. Superman might include former Batman sidekick Dick Grayson (formerly known as Robin, who went on to fight crime on his own as Nightwing), an apparent frontrunner for the role emerged in the form of Girls star Adam Driver.
Penn Bagley is best known for his former role on Gossip Girl, but he ventured into more serious terrain as a young stockbroker in Margin Call and as late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley in Greetings from Tim Buckley. Ezra Miller’s first major role was as the recurring boyfriend of David Duchovy’s daughter on Showtime’s Californication, went on to co-star in The Perks of Being A Wallflower and mined his considerable dark side as a disturbed youth in We Need To Talk About Kevin.
Since this news comes from an unnamed source with no official confirmation available, take it with some salt, as always. The addition of Bagley and Miller to the shortlist points toward a variety of different kind of actors Warner Bros. is looking at for the role, which leads us to wonder: What kind of Nightwing will we see in Batman vs. Superman? While Adam Driver is easily a physical match for returning Superman Henry Cavill and new Batman Ben Affleck, both Badgley and Miller stand under six feet and are noticeably slighter.
If the rumors are true, we know that this Nightwing will be estranged from Batman, with the two evidently not on speaking terms after some kind of falling out which has yet to be revealed. That’s all we have in the way of potential plot points, but many details about the character remain unknown: Did this version of Dick Grayson start his vigilante career as Batman’s sidekick and, if so, was he Robin?
Since there are three other names on this reported shortlist, stay tuned for more news on a potential Nightwing.