When I first saw the news about a Nightwing web series, I thought it was hoax. News this good couldn’t be true. And if it were, the series itself couldn’t be the real deal, right?
Yes it could.
The first full-length trailer for Nightwing: The Series, a five-part miniseries funded in part through Kickstarter, has hit the web and it’s excellent. See what you think:
For those unfamiliar with the Nightwing storyline here’s the series’ plot summary:
“Nightwing: The Series follows the story of Batman’s former sidekick, Dick Grayson aka Robin. After a falling out with his mentor, Dick abandons Gotham and everyone in it. Emerging in the City of Bludhaven years later, Dick takes on the guise of “Nightwing” easily defeating the petty criminals who infest it. But he soon realizes he may have bitten off more than he can chew when a mysterious and dangerous assassin only known as ‘Deathstroke, begins targeting Bludhaven citizens. Can he defend his new home and the lives of it’s inhabitants from the most dangerous foe he’s ever faced!? Only time will tell in this epic 5 part mini-series!”
The show stars Danny Shepherd as Dick Grayson aka Nightwing. My first reaction to the trailer is this looks very good for a fan made show. I am stoked about the inclusion of Jason Todd aka Red Hood and keeping my fingers crossed that the redhead is Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl. The costumes are quality and very reminiscent of Christopher Nolan’s gritty Batman triology. Just look at a close up of Nightwing:
Some of the comments on Flicking Myth pointed out the similar look between the web series and The CW’s Arrow, and I agree. Whether consciously done or not, Ismahawk Studios has tied its creation to the wildly popular and acclaimed DC show. If Nightwing lives up to expectations, it can only help. If the miniseries flounders, especially since it shares the villain Deathstroke with Arrow, the comparison could spell trouble.
In an interview with Movie Pilot, director Adam Zielinski revealed his team has ideas in place for three more seasons if this first go-around is successful. He also spoke about the show staying true to the hero’s comic book roots.
“It was definitely a challenge to make the comic come to life in a way that stays true to our vision even with the awesome support of the fans,” Zielinski said. “But Danny (Shepherd) and Jeremy (Le, co-creator) are such big fans that we tried to hold as true to the universe as we could. That being said, the story isn’t directly out of something you’ve read but there are some huge things that the fans will recognize and love.”
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