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'Girls' Star Adam Driver May Play Robin/Nightwing In 'Batman Vs. Superman'

by Rodrigo Perez
November 8, 2013 7:45 PM
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We didn't see this one coming. "Girls" and "Frances Ha" star Adam Driver is up for the role of Dick Grayson in Warner Bros.' forthcoming and still-untitled film where Batman faces off against Superman (affectionately dubbed, "Batman Vs. Superman" for now). Grayson is of course Robin, Batman's sidekick who in the comics grew up, shed his old persona and mentor and became the hero known as "Nightwing."

Nightwing was rumored to be a part of the film earlier in the week and now The Wrap seems to back that story up. The inclusion of Nightwing is an interesting choice for director Zack Snyder and David Goyer. The Batman Ben Affleck is set to play in this series is said to be grizzled, disenchanted and retired, and this fits in perfectly with his relationship with Grayson. In the comics, an older Grayson, tired of being Batman's sidekick, has a falling out with his mentor, rechristens himself a new hero (Nightwing) and then essentially leaves the band to go solo. So that's certainly an indication of where this might go?

As for Driver: that's kind of amazing. Supposedly, the studio had been looking for "a young John Hawkes type," and while that's an odd concept in and of itself (was John Hawkes ever young?), Driver fits it neatly. He's consistently livened up films with his presence since breaking out on "Girls" (stealing the show in everything from "Lincoln" to "Tracks") and, lest you think that he can't handle the physical kind of things, it shouldn't be forgotten that Driver is a former Marine. So call him a hipster to his face. He double dares you.

Michael Shannon in "Man of Steel" proved that inspired casting doesn't always make for an interesting performance (or movie), but should this work out (and we should stress that it's early stages, and other actors appear to be in the running, the idea of Driver as the faithful companion to Ben Affleck's Batman is more than enough to sell us a ticket. Hell, we could watch a whole sitcom about that. "Batman Vs. Superman Vs. Adam Driver," as it will henceforth be known, starts filming in the near future and will hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

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  • Laur | November 10, 2013 12:12 AMReply

    Stole the show in Lincoln? I don't even remember him being in that movie. Why are you so far up his ass?

    Nightwing should be really attractive. Adam Driver is ugly.

  • Chase | November 9, 2013 10:36 AMReply

    Stole the show in Lincoln? Seriously?

  • Steven | November 9, 2013 10:28 AMReply

    He stole the show in Lincoln? What the hell are you even talking about?

  • Alan B | November 9, 2013 5:47 PM

    Yeah, the contributions of Jones, Strathairn, Spader and Haley are barely remembered compared to Driver's unforgettable role as soldier guy in 'Lincoln'. It was like watching Mickey Rourke in 'Body Heat' or something.

  • DG | November 8, 2013 10:48 PMReply

    Probably a great choice but doesn't change the fact that it's still Zack Snyder

  • Rick | November 8, 2013 10:18 PMReply

    Nooo too tall to odd looking sorry not a fan. Why not jgl !!!

  • Washington | November 8, 2013 11:04 PM

    Gee I wonder why not !!!!!

    Move on.

  • BEF | November 8, 2013 9:48 PMReply

    I like him, but does this just confirm that WB/Nolan have no faith in a standalone Superman movie and have to bring in Batman, Robin and .... Wonder Woman ... jeez ... guess Justice League is next.

  • BEF | November 9, 2013 1:18 PM

    Yeah, they made one ... now they're turning into Batman + Superman ... Batman got three without any other parts of the DC World ... "Justice League" ... I thought they'd wait at least another movie before introducing all these OTHER non Superman characters. This film looks only to position itself for Justice League, not to continue Superman ... Man of Steel is it. It didn't do as well as they thought to justify another standalone movie.

  • Washington | November 8, 2013 11:05 PM

    " jeez ... guess Justice League is next"

    No shit?

    No faith in a standalone superman movie... I could of swore they just made one?

  • BEF | November 8, 2013 9:50 PM

    but, yeah, if Driver and Olga are said Robin and Wonder Woman, I'd be happy for them for breakouts .... and agree Affleck and Driver is kind of an amazing duo.

  • John | November 8, 2013 8:53 PMReply

    Great, great young actor. Color me intrigued. I hope these other two choices are just as good.

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