'Man of Steel' sequel to shoot in Detroit
05:00 AM, Aug 29, 2013
Michigan is getting the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader.
The upcoming Superman-Batman movie, the sequel to Man of Steel has been approved for $35 million in state film incentives, the Michigan Film Office announced Thursday.
The Warner Bros. film featuring the two biggest superheroes of DC Comics expects to begin shooting in metro Detroit and around the state sometime in the first three months of 2014.
The movie, which will star Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, will requre more than 400 workers and thousands of extras. The MFO also said the film would use about 500 local vendors and spend $5.1 million on local hotels, out of anticipated $131 million that would be spent in the state.
The Superman-Batman movie will be directed by Zack Snyder, who also helmed the blockbuster Man of Steel. Snyder is cowriting the screenplay with David S. Goyer, an Ann Arbor, Mich., native.
“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” said Snyder in a MFO statement.
The Superman-Batman movie has been the subject of worldwide buzz ever since the on-screen combination of the two DC superheroes was announced at this year’s Comic Con.
Recently, the official Warner Bros. announcement of Affleck’s casting as Batman ignited heated debate in the social media world. So did a story from CosmicBookNews.com that Bryan Cranston would be Lex Luthor.
Superhero films on this scale typically use several locations to complete their production. But the MFO announcement indicates that Michigan will be a substantial location for the sequel.
The movie could raise Michigan’s profile as a potential filming location. The state’s filming schedule had slumped after a 2011 reduction of film incentives, but was revived this year by productions like AMC’s Low Winter Sun and Transformers 4.