With Warner Bros. sharing updates for so many of its DCEU films at this past month’s Comic-Con, you’d be forgiven for overlooking the in-production films that were absent from the presentations. Films like Chris McKay‘s Nightwing. Earlier this year, McKay explained that his Nightwing movie would serve as a kind of counter to the traditional Batman films - exploring what it’s like to come from nothing instead of a life of privilege - and fans who loved The LEGO Batman Movie were cautiously optimistic about a standalone Dick Grayson film. So it came as a bit of a surprise, then, when the DCEU executives remained silent on their latest project.

At least McKay himself is finally providing updates. On Friday, Screen Junkies’ Adam Hlavac (via Heroic Hollywood) took to Twitter to ask McKay why Nightwing was absent from the Comic-Con lineup. Here’s what the director has to say:

If I’m reading McKay correctly, it sounds like the director was pleased not to be part of the Comic-Con festivities because it prevented him from having to announce a release date for his film. If that’s the case, it has to be considered good news, right? As McKay notes, the recent trends with blockbuster franchises - and the DCEU in particular - has been to announce a release date and then scramble to get all the pieces together in time to hit that mark. If Warner Bros. isn’t pressuring McKay to deliver on any particular timeline, then that means he’s free to develop the best possible version of a Nightwing movie that he can, even if it means missing out on a few fun events like Comic-Con. I’m sure that’s a tradeoff the filmmaker will gladly make.

In the meantime, we’ll do our best to keep all our Nightwing rumors and updates gathered in one handy location. You’re welcome, internet.