Although he’s best known at the moment as Jason Blossom, the teen whose murder forms the central mystery of “Riverdale’s” first season, actor Trevor Stines has his eye on a more lively role: DC Comics’ Nightwing.
During a visit to the set of the CW drama, he revealed to ComicBook.com and other media outlets that he’s a lifelong comic book fan — he even dressed as Spider-Man to go see “Captain America: Civil War” — and would love a shot at playing the one-time Boy Wonder.
“Nightwing always has stuck out to me as a character,” Stines said. “I love his design, and the character of Dick Grayson has always been an interesting one. Dick Grayson in particular I think has always stuck out to me because he’s the Robin who grew up. He’s the one who worked under Batman, learned everything that Batman had to teach him, but then went off on his own and became a full-fledged superhero outside of Batman’s shadow. I think he’s a great character, and there’s such a great complexity in that relationship with Batman, and in that kind of growth as a person, to take something that someone gave you and to make it your own as a human being as an adult, to use it to help people.”
Of course, there’s no known Nightwing film or television series in the works at the moment. TNT passed last year on a planned pilot for “Titans,” which was expected to feature Nightwing, Starfire and Raven, among other heroes. However, although that version of the drama didn’t pan out, Geoff Johns — now DC Entertainment’s president and chief creative officer — suggested DC still has plans for the project.
In 2008, The CW flirted with a pilot called “The Graysons,” which would have focused on Dick Grayson in his pre-Robin days. Obviously, nothing ever became of the project.
On “Riverdale,” Stines, who previously appeared on “The Fosters,” plays Cheryl Blossom’s twin Jason, whose apparent drowning on the Fourth of July casts a shadow over the sleepy town. Much like Laura Palmer on “Twin Peaks,” Jason is only seen in flashbacks and in corpse form, as the true story of his death begins to unfold.
Airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, “Riverdale” stars K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle and Casey Cott as Kevin Keller.
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