Is SHAZAM! Star Asher Angel Teasing A Role In James Gunn's DCU As NIGHTWING?

Is SHAZAM! Star Asher Angel Teasing A Role In James Gunn's DCU As NIGHTWING?

Following his recent comments about Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Asher Angel appears to be teasing a role in James Gunn and DC Studios' DCU after posting a GIF featuring Nightwing. Read on for details...

By JoshWilding - May 13, 2024 08:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Nightwing

Asher Angel received praise for his breakout role in Shazam! as Billy Batson and, while Shazam! Fury of the Gods failed to live up to expectations, he was once again the highlight. 

Many fans went so far as to suggest he should take over from Zachary Levi as the DCU's Big Red Cheese, though we expect Shazam to be put on the shelf in the new DCU after the sequel so badly underperformed last year. 

That doesn't mean Angel's time playing a superhero is over, though. In fact, he recently posted a GIF of Nightwing on X which has sent speculation into overdrive about him potentially joining The Brave and the Bold as Dick Grayson. While he'd be a great fit for the role, many fans have pointed out, it's unlikely the actor would tease the role like this if he'd just been cast.

It's also worth pointing out that, as far as we know, Batman still hasn't been cast in the DCU. 

Since we shared comments from Angel last week featuring his thoughts on superhero fatigue, there's been a lot of social media chatter about who he could play for DC Studios. 

With that in mind, the actor might have seen a few fans suggest Nightwing and decided to have fun with it by posting a GIF to generate further buzz. At 21, he's the right age to play the former Robin and has the right look and build for Grayson, to boot. 

"Look, I think the superhero genre is a really hard genre," Angel told us while discussing Shazam! Fury of the Gods' struggles. "I hate when people talk about superhero fatigue. I don’t believe in that stuff. I think whatever DC or Marvel puts out there, it’s gonna resonate, but if it resonates, it resonates. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t."

"I think a lot of the time, people put so much pressure on Marvel and DC in that every movie has to be amazing. It’s a hard genre, for sure, and I’m just happy I had the opportunity to be involved in that world. It was wish fulfilment because I always wanted to be a superhero when I was a kid."

He added, "I’d always be open to going back and playing Billy Batson. I’d never want to take Zach’s place because we’re in this together. If there any other characters out there in the future, I’d also be open to that. I’m pretty open! There’s a time and there’s place, and it’ll happen."

Do you think Angel would be a good fit for Nightwing in The Brave and the Bold?

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harryba11zack - 5/13/2024, 8:27 AM
"Is SHAZAM! Star Asher Angel Teasing A Role In James Gunn's DCU As NIGHTWING?" .. we don't know why the phuck are you asking us? thats your job
ImBatman4realz - 5/13/2024, 8:32 AM
Typical Josh-ism. A whole post-icle categorized as “News” based on a f[rea]king GIF that the actor shared? 🙄

Josh has been on this site for long enough, my question is: “why doesn’t Josh get any better at this thing with the amount of time he spends surfing Reddit and celebrities GIFs?” LMFAO
DravenCorvis - 5/13/2024, 10:22 AM
@ImBatman4realz - He's going to struggle more now as I just read that the CanWeGetSomeToast person has Marvel coming after them.
FireandBlood - 5/13/2024, 8:36 AM
I don’t know what they’ve got to do to get me in any way, shape or form excited for “James Gunn’s DCU” 🙄 but literally nothing is moving the needle at this point. All this starting a shared universe shit is so been there, done that, especially by DC. Second attempt in 10 years, kicking off with yet another Superman reboot. It’s boring 🥱
HulkisHoly - 5/13/2024, 11:08 AM
@FireandBlood -
It’s technically kicking off with an animated show: creature commandos.
Batmangina - 5/13/2024, 8:51 AM
Make him the new Power Girl and put some GIANT TITS on there!!!
DocSpock - 5/13/2024, 9:01 AM
@Batmangina -

Great idea. Then introduce Batgirl, make her a lesbonian, and have them spend all their screen time clam digging.
Batmangina - 5/13/2024, 10:07 AM
@DocSpock - TAKE MY MONEY!!!!
dagenspear - 5/13/2024, 12:40 PM
@Batmangina - Is that what you want?
Batmangina - 5/13/2024, 1:27 PM
@dagenspear - Yes. 1000% yes.

The funny thing is, that if Asher Angel started identifying as female later today without so much as changing his haircut and said he was interested in playing Power Girl, the media would HAVE TO TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY...AND THEY WOULD.

We are in Clown World on the Short Bus racing towards Maximum Retard Capacity and I'm pitching in gas money.

dagenspear - 5/13/2024, 4:41 PM
@Batmangina - Quite the randomness to me.
marvel72 - 5/13/2024, 8:52 AM
Would be great to see Nightwing in a movie,don't know if you can skip Robin maybe do a flashback scene.
FireandBlood - 5/13/2024, 8:56 AM
@marvel72 - They’re doing Damian so they’re literally skipping 4 Robin’s.
Th3Batman - 5/13/2024, 9:27 AM
@FireandBlood - Grayson had a good showing in Batman Forever and we got plenty of him in Titans, so I'm not completely against skipping his origin and time as Robin. Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown really struggled to find their place among the group, so I doubt too many people will be upset they're omitted. Jason's story has been done to death in live action (Titans), animation (Under the Red Hood), and gaming (Arkham Knight), so I understand not wanting to go through that arc again. With that said however, I won't be against the inclusion of these characters in smaller roles and flashbacks, I just don't think dedicating entire movies to them is the best choice. Damian is the one Robin with the most untapped potential, as outside that animated trilogy (Son of Batman, Batman Vs. Robin, & Bad Blood), we haven't gotten too much of him outside the comics.
DevilsDreams - 5/13/2024, 9:44 AM
@marvel72 - yes, but the film starts off with Zachery Levi playing an older Nightwing who starts recounting the stories of his younger days...
TheVisionary25 - 5/13/2024, 8:55 AM
I think he’s just throwing his hat in the ring for Dick , probably due to suggestions from fans after reading that interview recently with CBM about whether he would like to return as Billy or another hero in the DCU…

Anyway , I could see him in the role so I would be down for having in The Brave and The Bold but it does depend on how many Bat Family members tor who they want to include in that film of course.

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CaptainFlapjaks - 5/13/2024, 4:33 PM
@TheVisionary25 - with david in his 30s, most likely they are skipping tim and jason. Leaving us with a teen damien and early 20s dick. So he would fit thst age. But he could also be matt reeves robin too.
TheVisionary25 - 5/13/2024, 8:58 AM
Just give me Brandon Sklenar as Bruce Wayne/Batman and I’m good then!!.

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Ghoul - 5/13/2024, 9:19 AM
@TheVisionary25 - wow I hadn’t had him in the mix at all, great choice! Seeing him in 1923 adds a lot he has the attitude and demeanor. At least good for a superhero role. If Affleck was still doing Batman I’d say he’d be even better as nightwing, older version obviously but he would’ve fit!
Th3Batman - 5/13/2024, 9:20 AM
"It's also worth pointing out that, as far as we know, Batman still hasn't been cast in the DCU."

I'm willing to bet that whoever is going to play Batman signed on months ago. With that said, we likely won't get any news regarding the future of the DCU until after they see how Superman performs financially next year.
grouch - 5/13/2024, 9:23 AM
dude looked older than shazam, now he's gunna look older than batman. lmao
dagenspear - 5/13/2024, 12:39 PM
@grouch - Whose been cast as Batman?
CaptainFlapjaks - 5/13/2024, 4:34 PM
@dagenspear - peter dinklage
99OPTIMISTPRIME - 5/13/2024, 10:12 AM
Imagine if posting a gif of a superhero, was all you had to do, to get James Gunn to consider you for that role.🤣
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Th3Batman - 5/13/2024, 10:37 AM
@99OPTIMISTPRIME - Is it really that bad of an idea for Gunn to consider someone who's showing active interest in a role, has a good size following, and is a good actor ? It really seems like some people are hating on Gunn for the sake of it.
Twenty23Three - 5/13/2024, 10:58 AM
Since we are skipping straight to Damien as Robin, they better have a pre established, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Tim Drake Robin kicking about. So with that in mind I’m happy at any potential Nightwing casting
HulkisHoly - 5/13/2024, 11:10 AM
@Twenty23Three -
I could see Asher as Tim Drake. Maybe Nightwing in a few years.
Th3Batman - 5/13/2024, 12:18 PM
@Twenty23Three - Gunn confirmed back when the movie was announced that other members of the Batfamily would appear. If I had to guess, I'd say Nightwing and Batgirl are the most likely candidates to show up.
dagenspear - 5/13/2024, 12:39 PM
@HulkisHoly - The actor is 21 according to google.
CaptainFlapjaks - 5/13/2024, 4:39 PM
@Twenty23Three - given the age of david, being in his 30s, they are probably skipping tim and jason. Hopefully not but a 30 year old supes would leave a teen damien and 20 year old nightwing which makes sense age wise. Unless we are to believe jason, tim and dick are within a few years of each other and only spent a year as robins except for dick
RolandD - 5/13/2024, 5:03 PM
@CaptainFlapjaks - David?
CaptainFlapjaks - 5/13/2024, 7:06 PM
@RolandD - corenswet...superman
RolandD - 5/13/2024, 7:13 PM
@CaptainFlapjaks - Ahh, I thought you were referring to a character named David. Thanks.
PaKent - 5/13/2024, 11:06 AM
Is James Gunn teasing us that his into teen actors?
dagenspear - 5/13/2024, 12:38 PM
@PaKent - The actor is 21 according to google.
emeraldtaurus - 5/13/2024, 11:51 AM
The script for BM:TBATB is no where near finished I doubt they're casting. But yea, think he'd be cool in the role.
dagenspear - 5/13/2024, 12:38 PM
God is funny, if so. I've been looking at him in a way for that.
ModHaterSLADE - 5/13/2024, 12:47 PM
See him more as Tim Drake than Nightwing, but at this point I'm just ready for the character to get the live-action movie treatment.
HulkisHoly - 5/13/2024, 2:29 PM
@ModHaterSLADE -
Same on Both sentiments.
SteelGunZ - 5/13/2024, 1:26 PM
PERFECT Casting!
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