GLEE's Harry Shum Jr. Fancies Playing NIGHTWING

Well, we have one Glee actor up for The Flash..why not another for Nightwing? While chatting to MTV about how his dance background could easily translate into superheroics, Shum Jr. reveals that he's wanted to play Richard Grayson since he was a kid..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 9/13/2013

Actors are constantly putting themselves forward for superhero roles, and obviously that rarely (if ever) ends up with them getting the gig come casting time -- but it is a good way to gauge fan reaction at the same time, and if the right people happen to be paying attention...well, who knows? The latest actor to name drop a superhero is Glee's Harry Shum Jr., who reveals to MTV Geek that he would love nothing more than to suit up as Batman's former protege, Nightwing. "I love it," Shum tells the site. "I mean, I grew up on comic books and superheroes, so right now it's the rage. But I've been wanting to play him since I was a kid, so it'd be a dream come true... I'm game, man! Put me in a super hero movie, put me in a Star Wars movie, and I can die happy." Makes sure he gets Star Wars in there while he's at it! So whaddaya think CBMers? Can you see it?
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InfiniteMonkey - 9/13/2013, 2:12 PM
Is he Asian?

GIVE IT TO HIIIIM! Only if he fits....if not...the default white dude.
DoctorDoak - 9/13/2013, 2:13 PM
Yeah... Might wanna change that title.
RorMachine - 9/13/2013, 2:15 PM
Why? How can "fancies playing" be confused with IS playing?
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 9/13/2013, 2:18 PM
Dick Grayson is right next to John Smith for the "Whitest American Name" award. I wouldn't be able to take an Asian seriously. Then again, they gave him asian-styled hair in AC.

Gambitz - 9/13/2013, 2:22 PM
Damn you Ror!
ForMeToPoopOn - 9/13/2013, 2:24 PM
"Dick Grayson is right next to John Smith for the "Whitest American Name" award."

Being of Asian decent has nothing to do with one's surname. Most folks can grasp that concept anymore.

Why? How can "fancies playing" be confused with IS playing?

Agreed. I wasn't mislead by the headline.
DukeAcureds - 9/13/2013, 2:26 PM
We gotta see Nightwing, sooner or later, right?
In fact, if we're gonna have elements of Batman's army from Dark Knight Returns (the Mutants and Sons of Batman, etc.) I don't see why they can't just throw in a shit-ton of easter eggs of Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin, Spoiler, Huntress, etc. Marching or riding horses, in front of the Sons of Batman and right behind Batman and Carrie Kelly, right? Why not? Give us some fan service and the promise that we could see any of these characters pop up in any future Batman spin-off.
Nivekian - 9/13/2013, 2:26 PM
WTF is up with your "News" of late? You guys really need an Editor to screen this stuff before you post it.
RorMachine - 9/13/2013, 2:27 PM
No I don't think I will change the title to appease those confused by the word "fancies". I think I'll sit back and laugh at them actually.
RorMachine - 9/13/2013, 2:28 PM
Nivekian, who said it's "news"? It is what it is..don't like it, lump it!
DukeAcureds - 9/13/2013, 2:33 PM
Anything that gives me an excuse to salivate over the potential of Batman/Superman is a good article by me. Never seen an episode of glee in my life. Doesn't matter, it's vaguely related to the new Bat-flick. I'll take it.
I quite fancy this article, actually.
cdpacheco89 - 9/13/2013, 2:42 PM
Not racist but if they wanted Dick Grayson to be am Asian kid they would. I don't like race trading for comicbook characters I'm sorry but like comics are drawn unlike books where characters can be reimagined. Or chrachters like James bond who could be anyone as long as they are British. I'm all for idris Elba as 007 but not Michael b Jordan for Johnny storm if you catch my drift
ForMeToPoopOn - 9/13/2013, 2:48 PM
...comics are drawn unlike books where characters can be reimagined.

Books typically describe their main characters' appearance in detail. How are comics and books different, as far as reimagining characters' appearance?

For the record, I'm fine with changing characters' race, religion, height, gender, etc. So long as the story works, I'm good.
TheFlyingGarcia - 9/13/2013, 2:50 PM
Why on earth would yoy do this to us )`;
Greengo - 9/13/2013, 2:51 PM
For some reason on first glance the word "fancies" didn't register on my eyeballs.
Greengo - 9/13/2013, 2:53 PM
Lol @ McGee!!!
ForMeToPoopOn - 9/13/2013, 2:54 PM
That said, i don't agree with Michael B. Jordan playing the Human Torch because that would change the whole dynamic of the story and raise too many hurdles. Do you make Sue black as well? If not, is he adopted? I don't like the idea...

Hurdles? Just add a montage at the beginning, explaining how they became siblings, along with a catchy tune. It's worked before.

Milling - 9/13/2013, 3:04 PM
i'm sorry but imo dick grayson needs to be white
MarkV - 9/13/2013, 3:08 PM
how about lex FREAKIN LUTHOR!!!!


655321 - 9/13/2013, 3:11 PM
Wait...Nightwing was at one time Robin. And this guy is Asian. I don't see how that could work. So not only would the flying graysons be Asian, but now Bruce Wayne would have a lil Asian kid with him. So I think the chance of Batman all of a sudden having an Asian sidekick and Wayne having adopted a Asian kid....its pretty much like ignoring that fact that people are to stupid to know Clark is Superman.
113 - 9/13/2013, 3:11 PM
I don't know if he's a good actor or not, but if he is then down the road when they introduce Nightwing in the DCCU then sure.
SuperGuy83 - 9/13/2013, 3:12 PM
@MarkV Luthor wont be annouced until after the premiere of Breaking Bad
OldBenKenobi - 9/13/2013, 3:13 PM
I like it! I think he fits the character just fine. They can always say that his father is white or whatever. Besides if you know any Asian people you'd know their parents love giving them white names. My physics teacher had FOB parents and they named him Kurtis. Swear to God.
marantaz - 9/13/2013, 3:14 PM
Yes as noted by another above, the use of 'fancies' in the title in referring to an actor who comes from a tv show that had a heavy cast of homosexual actors and a large dose of pro-homosexuality story lines, is clearly a 'nudge nudge, wink wink' by Ror. Unwittingly homophobic, actually, much like most of the internet, where the self-proclaimed open minded are the first to become defensive and resort to name calling.
Is this man a homosexual? I don't know, nor do I care. Would his portrayal of Nightwing invite further similar "Batmans gay" humor? Apparently.
OldBenKenobi - 9/13/2013, 3:15 PM
@655321 How would they know what ethnicity he is if he's wearing a mask?
marantaz - 9/13/2013, 3:20 PM
What's wrong with him being Asian, tho? Lots of white people have been adopting Asian kids for years. And they make great little acrobats, so it makes perfect sense. Evil white people adopted him for the welfare benefits, then sold him to circus people when they lost the venues, where he was 'servant' to the clowns until he showed promise as a flying Grayson... some serious image issues, not to mention the sexual identity issues, and clown's perfect!
marantaz - 9/13/2013, 3:22 PM
'...lost the bennies...' I have no idea where 'venue' came from.
marantaz - 9/13/2013, 3:23 PM
Enph, only if the old Ben Afflack is playing Bats.
Humperdink - 9/13/2013, 3:25 PM
I don't think making Dick Grayson Asian or even Hispanic would hurt the story in anyway. He has nothing in his ethnicity that is pertinent to the storyline.

That said, i don't agree with Michael B. Jordan playing the Human Torch because that would change the whole dynamic of the story and raise too many hurdles. Do you make Sue black as well? If not, is he adopted? I don't like the idea...

Nightwing can be Hispanic or Asian (even though he clearly is not) but Johnny Storm can't be Black because Johnny clearly is not?

Biased a little? There's no difference between either thing happening.

This reminds me of that Cracked Article.

Actually, it's almost word for word one of the defenses floating around about Sue having to be Black (even though I grew up with non-White relatives in a multiracial family that included Blacks) because Johnny is.

The 5 Most Insulting Defenses of Nerd Racism

News has broken that Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) is being considered to play Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Naturally, comic book fans across the Internet are furious, because they've had it with all the reboots and just want to preserve the magic of the 2005 original -- oh, wait, no. They're angry because Michael B. Jordan is black. And in the comics, Johnny Storm is white.

Consider the Internet's bitch switch flipped.

But these Fantastic Four fans aren't mad because they're racist (they insist). No, their reasons are much more complicated, because ...

#5. "It's Not About Race"

See, these complaints aren't about the character's race; they're about not changing the character's race. If that sounds confusing and contradictory, that's because it is.

#3. "This Ruins the Lore!"

Since Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman) is Johnny's sister, many objectors have pointed out that making Johnny black will mean that Sue must also be black, at which point the Earth will apparently explode:

This is courageously ignoring the fact that, even if Sue is white and Johnny is black, one of them could've been adopted. Or they could be half-siblings. Or any one of the thousands of possible explanations for a multiracial family. People are pointing right to the "But this character's race will change, too!" observation without bothering to explain why it's an actual problem in the first place ...

MrEko - 9/13/2013, 3:31 PM
I'm down. Dude is charismatic as [frick].
Steelmatic - 9/13/2013, 3:32 PM
Stick to your guns, Ror. Make the ummm, vocabulary challenged lets say, learn a new word.

And nah to this dude as Nightwing. Like the enthusiasm though.
Steelmatic - 9/13/2013, 3:35 PM
And lol @ those who thought it was his name. For real? 'Harry Shum Jr. Fancies'? Lmao, c'mon now.

JuneThePanda - 9/13/2013, 3:45 PM
@Enphlieuwince, What makes you think they are just trying to force black actors into these roles? Maybe they just genuinely don't believe race is an issue and think they would nail the role.
Anthonypilone01 - 9/13/2013, 3:48 PM
No just..please NO
maninfinehat - 9/13/2013, 3:48 PM
I see nothing wrong with an Asian Nightwing, so long as they're still the right actor for the part. Having said that, a Glee actor is rarely (if ever) the right actor for any part.
dutchman - 9/13/2013, 3:59 PM
go away
JuneThePanda - 9/13/2013, 4:01 PM
@Enphlieuwince, I totally understand that, if they change race and it's integral to the origin of the character then that's changing too much at that point. But who's to say they couldn't be half-siblings? Hardly any explanation would need to be done there, it's pretty common nowadays.
SunfireUrA55 - 9/13/2013, 4:02 PM
If a Black dude can take a White dude's role, then why not an Asian dude?
Nightwing would be perfect for this dude. He can act and fight too.

JuneThePanda - 9/13/2013, 4:15 PM
@Enphlieuwince, I never said race didn't matter to anyone, but that doesn't mean everyone is as close-minded as you make it out to be. Why in the world would they "NEED" to endear themselves to the black community? It's that type of thinking that makes race so relevant today. It's my understanding that the director and Michael B. Jordan worked together before, you don't think it's the least bit possible he just saw Johnny Storm-esque qualities in him while he was acting?
manofmidgard - 9/13/2013, 4:19 PM
wtf? he's from Glee??? definitely pass. this ain't the spiderman broadway musical. oh wait. i almost forgot... affleck is "batman"... then i don't give two flying farts. a glee actor is probably good enough for robin/nightwing at that. bah.

or maybe they should just make superman versus ben affleck into a broadway musical. if ya can't make a movie that doesn't suck, just go for the maximum suck.

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