Over the last week, a whole bunch of images have come out from the set of Warner Bros./DC next installment, Batman V Superman: Dawn Justice. Showing various stars in their respective roles, including Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Now we see our first look at the rising talent of Scoot McNairy, an interesting look that brings a number of intriguing questions with it.
As of now, we have no idea what Scoot McNairy character is or how big that role is. Ever since his casting, the speculation (and I mean big speculation) has been that he will be playing Dick Grayson a.k.a. Nightwing. The rumor floating around is that he will now (in the movie) be on his own and that him and Batman had a falling out sometime in the past (just a rumor, nothing official). Now that might (and by might I mean with a grain of salt) still be completely true, but these first look images might give us some insight to his part that might be totally different from Batman’s ex-partner Nightwing.
Now, notice the tights/socks on his lower leg. Those are ‘CGI socks’ that are identical to the green screen used for special effects. These socks are used during filming so that those behind the film can use special effects on that part once filming has concluded. Those socks have raised an incredible amount of speculation and excitement because they might have just revealed McNairy’s role.
Many, and I mean many, believe that McNairy’s role is none other than Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash. The thought is that the socks will be used to, later on that is, to use digital special effects because he will be running super fast as the Scarlet Speedster. Now that makes sense if you want it to and don’t get me wrong, I would freaking enjoy the hell out of having McNairy playing Flash. And, DC does have a Green Lantern/Flash team-up movie on the way for their universe so that kind of adds icing to the cake.
But doesn’t it really make sense? If they are using these socks, wouldn’t it be his entire lower body? Does a studio and movie this big even need him to wear those as they can special effect/CGI him into the movie later?
One of those many who have talked about this possibility is Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm. He wrote on it early yesterday, and along with other things he had this to say:
“The speculation is that the green socks could be to later add some kind of special effect to McNairy’s legs. I’m not sure I buy this theory as I don’t think an actor would be required to wear green socks to accomplish such effects. But we do know that The Flash appears in the script, so the dots connect if you want them to. Its very possible that McNairy plays Barry Allen (aka The Flash) in the upcoming film and rumored Justice League and stand alone movie sequels that are expected to follow.”
There is only one other role that has come up besides Barry Allen or an important ‘non-superhero’ role. Screen Rant has come up with a pretty damn good argument and possible outcome for McNairy’s DC Universe role. Here are some solid points in their article:
“If that is the case, then Scoot McNairy’s role – be it superpowered or not – has to fit in somewhere. Without any real evidence, it’s best to start with the most obvious explanation: when an actor’s legs are ‘wrapped in green-screen,’ it usually means their character will be losing them. And it just so happens that missing limbs fits perfectly with one League member who is already part of the cast.”
“We’ve had our own ideas, but the recent tease of Scoot McNairy’s character (and his potential injuries) may be the key. An actor of his caliber wasn’t expected to be in a throwaway role – so could he represent the first step toward the S.T.A.R. Labs techno-organic technology that saves Victor Stone?”
“Luckily, Snyder already introduced S.T.A.R. Labs in the form of Dr. Emil Hamilton (Richard Schiff), a colleague of General Swanwick (Harry Lennix). With Hamilton… out of the picture, there’s an opening in the movie universe for S.T.A.R.’s top mind – and that is certainly a role befitting McNairy’s skills. And if he lost his legs in the first film’s finale to have them replaced through advanced work in nanotechnology, then he would (literally) act as a walking link between Man of Steel and Justice League.”
If you are interested in reading all things Batman V Superman, I would highly recommend reading this article by Screen Rant. It’s a damn doozy and raises some very good points on the movie.
Personally, even though I would absolutely love to see McNairy in the role of Barry Allen, I just don’t know if I se it yet. I am one who loves the idea of him as Nightwing or the stepping stone to Victor Stone a.k.a. Cyborg. Not to mention that rumors have been swirling that we will in fact see a glass case in the Bat Cave that is dedicated to Robin and/or Nightwing, with a battered suit for Batman’s ex-sidekick. That would go along with the rumors of the duo having a falling out at some point.
That is what I want to see! Dick Grayosn would be an incredible addition to the DCU, not to mention that we would see him in future Justice League and Batman movies. Because if we know anything now, it’s that Warner Bros., DC, and Zack Snyder wouldn’t have brought on Scoot McNairy for just one movie. There is no doubt that his role will have some kind of importance and/or big part of Dawn of Justice and more than likely, many more DCU movies.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters on March 25th, 2016. Directed by Zack Snyder starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Scoot McNairy, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Jason Momoa (rumored), and Ray Fisher (rumored).