Last summer, the Michigan Film Office announced that the state approved a $35 million film incentive for DC Entertainment’s next Super Hero movie from Warner Bros. Pictures. Fast forward to today, there's finally news that principal photography for the Man of Steel’s sequel may begin this week on locations in Detroit, Michigan, and at Michigan Motion Picture Studios. Other filming locations include Illinois, Africa, and the South Pacific.
To commemorate the event, the cast and crew of the new Super Hero film gathered this past weekend at Detroit’s Garden Bowl, the oldest bowling alley in the country, for a kick-off cast party.
Written by David Goyer and directed by Zack Snyder (who also directed Man of Steel), the Super Hero sequel still doesn’t have an official title as of yet, but - with an estimated $131 million budget - it will be the biggest movie to be filmed in Michigan.
“This project will further strengthen the reputation of Michigan and metro Detroit as a premier film destination,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “We look forward to the spotlight shining on our incredibly talented workforce and the businesses that support our film industry here in Michigan.”
“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” stated filmmaker Zack Snyder. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”
The super hero production plans to hire 406 Michigan workers (a full-time equivalent of 426 jobs), 6,000 jobs for extras, and use approximately 500 local Michigan vendors while filming in Detroit. It also budgets to spend $5.1 million on local hotels and $3.5 million in out-of-town cast and crew per diem payments to be spent locally.
Ben Affleck, who will portray Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film, plans to stay in Detroit during filming this summer with his wife Jennifer Garner and their family.
"I'll be there this summer, all summer," Garner said, according to MLive. "My husband Ben is filming ... 'Batman' is shooting ... or whatever it's called. I don't know what it's called. 'Superman With Batman,' or whatever it is. But he is shooting this summer, so we'll be there."
Director Zack Snyder has also been scouting film locations in East Lansing, home to Michigan State University.
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MAY 13, 2014 UPDATE
Looks like filming has already started. Director Zack Snyder just tweeted this very cool photo (taken with his Leica camera) of Ben Affleck in costume as Batman next to his Bat-mobile.