Actor Lewis Tan (Deadpool 2, Into the Badlands) is on the rise in Hollywood and he has set his sights on one of DC’s most iconic characters: Dick Grayson. The actor has taken to his social media on more than one occasion to express his desire to land the role of Grayson in Chris McKay’s Nightwing and has received considerable fan support in his pursuits.
— Lewis Tan (@TheLewisTan) June 30, 2017
Recently, Tan teased a meeting with DC Entertainment, something we asked him when we caught up with him at the Saturn Awards.
— Lewis Tan (@TheLewisTan) June 11, 2018
That Hashtag Show: I loved you in Deadpool 2. Amazing job. I recently saw on social media you tweeted something out regarding DC Comics…
Lewis Tan: I knew it was coming!
THS: Hey, somebody’s gotta ask you, right? There’s a lot of rumors, and I’m half-Asian, I would love to see an Asian Dick Grayson.
LT: Oh, you are? Represent!
THS: I want to see you as Dick Grayson. Are we actually going to make this a reality?
LT: I know Chris McKay wants a martial artist, right, so that’s out there. He’s following me on Twitter, you know…there’s a lot of good juju vibes out there for that. Nothing that I can say that is confirmed. This is a project that he’s still developing and I sat down with DC, with some of the executives at DC, and they’re big fans, I’m a big fan, obviously. My father came to America, because of Batman (Tan’s father worked on Tim Burton’s 1989 film) and, you know, I definitely want to see that come full circle and give back. Im not trading in my Marvel roots, because they started me, but DC started my dad, so it would be nice to go over there and play around and find the right thing. So we’re looking for the right thing and there were a lot of different talks and Nightwing was one of those that were mentioned, so we’ll see.
THS: We’ll see…I hope it is Nightwing, but if it were Nightwing, and you get to choose your choice of villain, which villain would you choose?
LT: Oh, I can’t answer that…I can’t answer that…I can’t answer that because there’s too many. There’s too many good ones and I wouldn’t want to sway the story either way. I gotta be really careful when I talk about that. Chris McKay might be like, “I wanted him, but then he picked (blank),” so I won’t say nothing!
THS: Well, hopefully you get the job, man. I’m really excited for this.
LT: Yeah, I would put everything into it. I think that, when you’re a martial artist and you’re doing an action show, you can do so much more. You don’t have to cut around the actor, you don’t have to hide the actor and the performance alone is going to show so much more because it’s all you and you’re all there and you’re putting your blood, sweat and physicality into the role which is a big part of these type of films, you know, like Deadpool and Batman and Iron Fist, all those roles that I did, I can put so much more into it and I think it comes across, you know, and when fans see it they go, “Wow, that was incredible!”, even if it was short they go, “Wow, that was incredible!” and I think it’s because of that effort you put into it.
THS: And there’s also no reason why Dick Grayson can’t be Asian.
LT: None that I see, my friend.
Not only has Tan met with DC, but he has discussed the role of Nightwing! He certainly has a passion for the character and the project, so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays into the decisions of DC and director Chris McKay as the project continues to develop. Stay tuned to That Hashtag Show for more on this story as it develops.