Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big  Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders Review: 'The Maze Runner' Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter And More Review: 'The Maze Runner' Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter And More Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival David Fincher Says Differences Over Casting And Disney's Corporate Culture Stalled '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea' David Fincher Says Differences Over Casting And Disney's Corporate Culture Stalled '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea' Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 2 ‘The Good Listener’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 2 ‘The Good Listener’ Review: 'No Good Deed' Starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson Review: 'No Good Deed' Starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' Tom Hardy Says He'll Never Do Another Romantic Comedy Again Thanks To 'This Means War' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

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

Photo of Rodrigo Perez By Rodrigo Perez | The Playlist November 8, 2013 at 7:45PM

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."
12
Adam Driver, Girls

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.

This article is related to: Adam Driver, Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates