Since its announcement, there has been no end to the speculation as to which DC Universe characters would be joining Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batfleck in Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL sequel BATMAN VS SUPERMAN. Wonder Woman in particular has been heavily rumoured and, when asked about her appearance last month, Warner Bros’ Greg Silverman avoided a direct answer.
The other character everyone’s been talking about is Nightwing, the post-Robin alter-ego of Batman’s once-sidekick Dick Grayson. The inclusion of this character fits Snyder’s vision of an older and weary Batman, having already ended his partnership with Robin.
Earlier this month it was revealed that Adam Driver (GIRLS) was the frontrunner to get the part and, shortly after, Penn Badgely (EASY A) and Ezra Miller (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER) were also announced as potential contenders. It seems now, however, that all of this is even less certain than we thought as Driver recently denied the rumours in an interview with Collider. When asked if there was any truth to his casting, he replied:
‘No, not that I know of, no… If you find out, let me know’.
He went on to say that the fact he had been linked with the film at all was ‘intensely flattering’, commenting that he would love to be in a film with such iconic characters as Batman and Superman:
‘That’s an incredible world to be in, who wouldn’t want to do that?’
This is not the first time an actor has been rumoured for a part in the film despite hearing nothing about it themselves. Back in August it was thought that BREAKING BAD’s Bryan Cranston was signed on for multiple films as villain Lex Luthor, until the actor himself denied the rumours, saying it was all news to him and likely just because his character Walter White’s baldness.
We have yet to hear from Badgely and Miller on whether they are in the running for the part or if these are simply more rumours so, for now, the face of Nightwing remains a mystery.
BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN is set to hit cinemas on 17th July 2015.