With the disappointing critiques of DC film’s “Batman v. Superman” and “Suicide Squad”, it’s safe to say that 2016 has proven to be yet another flat year for the DC Universe. But even without the critical acclaims that greets their rivals over at Marvel, DC consistently rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office.
Hopefully DC’s next few films – “Wonder Woman”, “Justice League”, “The Flash”, “Aquaman”and an untitled Batman film produced by actor Ben Affleck – can bring in the critically acclaims along with the box office dollars.
As for now, the Affleck produced Batman film is simply deemed “The Batman,” with a release date set for October 5th, 2018. The current plot of the film will surround Black Mask in the role of the main villain and him breaking other supreme villains out of prison to band together and kill the Dark Knight. Joker and Suicide Squad favorite Harley Quinn are said to have a subplot involving abuse and rehabilitation. And while fans are aware of who will play Joker and Harley Quinn, it uncertain who will play the other eclectic characters of Gotham.
Although DC continues to trail miles behind Marvel’s cinematic success, they both have somewhat succeeded in depicting an ethnically diverse cinematic universe. To proceed their diverse success, DC looks to cast Steven Yeun of (‘The Walking Dead’) as Bat family’s Nightwing.
While the ethnicity of Nightwing is seemingly unknown, historically in cinema, Nightwing or Dick Grayson has been depicted by Chris O’Donnell (Batman Forever and Batman & Robin). But the South Korean born Steven Yeun could depict a perfect lighthearted and dark Nightwing.
Yeun is best known for playing Glenn on the hit horror drama series The Walking Dead. With Glenn being the main character in The Walking Dead, Steven constantly has to portray different kinds of emotions throughout the series, and he consistently nails it. Not does Yeun obtain the acting range needed for a role such as this one, but he has the superhero physique and if he was to shave his facial hair, he could perfectly portray a young Nightwing.
By Nehemiah Taylor