Steven R. McQueen Explains Those NIGHTWING Rumors


nightwing610As we know, rumors surrounding Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice have been running rampant for the better part of a year now. Who’s playing Batman? Is this really a Justice League movie? What about Wonder Woman? The list goes on and on and will likely continue to do so until our butts are planted in the theaters seats watching the end credits role. One of those rumors centers on Nightwing, the former sidekick of the Dark Knight who ventures on his own to fight crime in his own way. The rumors have suggested that the character will be taking part in the highly anticipated sequel to Man of Steel. While the rumor has never been confirmed, it hasn’t been denied either, so for the time being, it remains a mystery.

But, that’s not the only Nightwing rumor floating around the interwebs. Last fall, grandson of the acting legend Steve McQueen, and star of the hit CW series, The Vampire Diaries, Steven R. McQueen, tweeted a picture, which you can see below, of himself working out, while wearing a Nightwing shirt. He also tagged Greg Berlanti, producer of Arrow, also on CW. Of course, the picture sent nerds on a rampage, wondering if he’d been cast in the role, or if it was a self-campaign, or something else all together. The young actor, who was speaking with The Wrap, finally clears things up and offers an explanation on the picture.

Well, I’m a, I’m a comic book fan. For sure. I’ve read comic books since I was a kid. I’ve always enjoyed them. And there’s one character, Nightwing, who’s kinda Robin when he’s grown up and he tries to make his own name and a path for himself. I think it’s a great story that hasn’t really been told. I worked with Greg Berlanti on a show called Everwood and no he’s producing Arrow and jokingly I tweeted him, being like ‘When are we going to see Nightwing?’ People started writing about it and there was a couple articles and I was like ‘Alright, this is kinda…I’m feeling a little powerful right now, let’s keep putting this energy in the universe, see what happens.’

McQueen goes on to say that he has not received any phone calls and he’s not been offered any parts in the hit series. But, he is certainly open to the idea and warns his Vampire Diares fans that if the opportunity comes up, he’s taking it: You know, if I get a chance to play a superhero, I can’t make any promises that I’m not going to run with it.” Anyone who passes on an opportunity like that would have to be insane, and I don’t want to know them. The role of Nightwing is one that many comic fans have been dying to see on screen, big or small, so they would be happy to see it happen.

The big question is, however, is Steven R. McQueen right for the role? Having seen him in The Vampire Diaries (don’t judge me), there are worse choices out there. McQueen certainly looks the part and has proven with his current role that he can handle action scenes and fight choreography. His acting however, is not amazing. But that is something can be worked with. The character would be an interesting addition to the Arrow family and the show-runners have never completely said no to the idea. The problem now, is that Fox has some heavy ties with the Batman world with the anticipated Gotham series. But…that would be a prequel, so Dick Grayson would be nothing more that a twinkle in his father’s eye at that point. Maybe it’s a race to see who gets there first. Check out the whole video over at The Wrap, where McQueen discusses his love for Comic Con and more.


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