Forbes is claiming an interesting new Batman rumor suggesting that both the Nightwing and Batgirl movies at Warner Bros. are said to be directly connected to the Batman movies that writer/director Matt Reeves is developing with Robert Pattinson in the lead role.
Likewise, it’s expected that the upcoming Batgirl film project will be tied into this new bat-world, and the currently delayed Nightwing movie has to wait until the status of Batman’s sidekick has been settled. From what I’ve heard, Dick Grayson is expected to make an appearance in one of the Reeves movies, probably in the form of an origin story (whether that’s the film’s main plot or a subplot, however, remains to be seen).
The Batgirl film recently landed Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson, who recently worked on Birds of Prey and the long-delayed Flash movie. This rumor would suggest that we might be getting an African-American version of Barbara Gordon if Jeffrey Wright is playing her father Police Commissioner James Gordon.
There had been rumblings that an actress of color could be cast in the role of Selina Kyle aka Catwoman as well.
A Nightwing movie had director Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie, Ghost Draft) and screenwriter Bill Dubuque (The Accountant, Ozark, The Six Billion Dollar Man) attached before it stalled.
We’ve seen Warner Bros. change positions with their DC movies in development and they have a wave of them collecting dust over at the studio, so it’s mostly unpredictable what ultimately happens with these projects if they’re reliant for a Batman trilogy to play-out first.
Filming on The Batman will begin next year at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Watford, England and has been set for a release date of June 25th, 2021.
Jonah Hill is reportedly in talks to play either The Riddler or The Penguin in the film.
Reeves is already putting together a large rogues gallery in the film, so planting seeds for other heroes in Gotham wouldn’t be hard to imagine.
We’re expected a whole bunch of casting announcements coming before the end of the year.