BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN to Film in Michigan in Early 2014

     August 29, 2013


Another high-profile movie franchise will be lensing in the Michigan area.  Michael Bay is currently blowing things up real good in Detroit where his Transformers 4 production has been filming for the past couple of months, and now it has been confirmed that Warner Bros.’ Batman vs. Superman will be setting up shop in The Great Lakes State.  The Detroit Free Press confirmed the news, adding that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up will be filming in Detroit and surrounding areas in the state during the first quarter of 2014.  The production will earn $35 million in tax incentives, which should put a dent in the film’s sure-to-be hefty budget.

Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.

Man-of-Steel-2-sequel-batman-supermanDavid S. Goyer is writing the script for the currently untitled superhero pic, which will see Henry Cavill’s Superman square off against Ben Affleck’s Batman.  The only other confirmed casting at this point is the return of Man of Steel’s Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane; no, Bryan Cranston is not playing Lex Luthor.  Filming will get underway early next year in anticipation of the film’s July 17, 2015 release date.

Here’s the press release regarding the production heading to Michigan (via SHH), which confirms a previous report by Latino Review:

The Michigan Film Office announced today that the next DC Entertainment Super Hero movie from Warner Bros. Pictures has been approved for a film incentive from the state.

The film, from director Zack Snyder, brings together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time—Superman and Batman—for the first time on the big screen. Production on the new film is expected to begin in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan sometime in the first quarter of 2014. Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who is writing the screenplay. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing the film, which will star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

“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 as-yet-untitled feature film was awarded an incentive of $35 million on $131 million of projected in-state expenditures. The production is expected to hire 406 Michigan workers, with a full time equivalent of 426 jobs, plus an additional 6,000 man/days of extra work. The production anticipates using approximately 500 local Michigan vendors during the course of production and spending $5.1 million on local hotels, as well as an additional $3.5 million in out-of-town cast and crew per diem payments that will be spent in the local economy but which fall outside of the incentive program.

The incentive funding for the project will be allocated out of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. However, any funding remaining from the budget at the end of the current fiscal year will be directed to offset the full incentive amount for this project.

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  • Reality Check

    We got another Batman and Robin on hands here people.

    • Dred

      First and foremost Batman and Robin was made when WB decided to sell Batman just to kids. However since then with The Dark Knight trilogy and Man Of Steel the tones are very much adult but also allow kids to see them too. Bottom line is you are just bashing on a film with no trailer, no stills, heck not even any concept art so seriously?. Furthermore if you’ve seen TDK trilogy or MoS you’ll know the team behind those films do not go after toy sells so this whole comparison to Batman and Robin or heck even Batman Forever is just plain dumb.

      • Reality Check

        Sorry there, guy, but Nolan’s Batman movies and his man of steel movies were geared toward infantile intellects. So, yes, towards children. The analogy is sound because Clooney and Affleck will provide similiar performances as batman and are quite similiar; both are products of the Hollywood hype machine who the general public dislike; both are not sufficiently masculine enough to play convincing action stars; both are terrible, terrible actors who’ve made enough friends in Hollywood to maintain acting careers their talent doesn’t justify.

      • AFilmGuy

        What an infantile response full of assumptions and oversimplifying things that are not so simple.

      • Reality Check

        Nolan really needs to be force fed some magnum bullets for what he did to summer blockbuster filmmaking. It’s the stupidest its ever been historically and has the worse fandom, what with idiots given an inflated sense of self worth because they enjoyed films WB tried to pass off as art. Terrible, awful batman movies that are leaden and lifeless. Sigh.

      • AFilmGuy

        Summer blockbuster filmmaking mixing in elements of art cinema, excellent technical quality, passionate production development, and ranking among some of Hollywood’s (and possibly of Nolan’s excellent psycho-analysis work) best in recent years is its worst? As opposed to the usual Hollywood blockbuster entertainment which is artless, near-thoughtless, often formulaic, and is forgettable. His summer blockbuster film had a huge budget that was multiplied in its profits which is mainly due to an excellent marketing team, a great cast, a supporting fan base, and promising not just entertainment, but enlightenment through its very heavy-handed themes which are not, in any way, ‘infantile.’ I’m pretty sure what he’s done to blockbuster filmmaking is raise the stakes which smart guys like Joss Whedon look to and respect. I know what kind of idiots the idiotic fans are, but I also know what kind of excellent, supportive fans the respectful ones are. It’s not perfect, but it’s a film to note both in movie-going experience and scholarly appreciation. If you didn’t enjoy it, that’s fine. Not everyone does or will. But don’t pass your experience off as an ultimate downfall of the film when it could very well be your own misunderstanding.

      • Reality Check

        There’s nothing to get in Nolan’s Batman movies. The message boils down to : “believe in yourself, work hard, and you’ll overcome adversity”. Mind blowing brah. So deep brah. What irks me most about Nolanites is they’ll throw out that the movie is “deep” then never follow up when questioned about what’s deep about it. They’ll shy away and retreat and never answer, this is because Nolan never answered. He had nothing to say about the themes he brought up. People need symbols to aspire to. He said that in the first 20 mins of Begins, why did we need 7 hours drilling the point home over and over again. Explain to me what I’m missing, please. Or don’t, like all the intellectual cowards who defend nolan.

      • doctor_robot

        my god… you have some issues there, numb-nuts. infantile intellects? what?

      • Reality Check

        “Infantile intellects? what?” and uses “numb-nuts” in the same post. Sigh.

      • hello

        Correction, people LIKE Clooney, you are right about Affleck though, Clooney is a much better actor and director than Affleck, without even talking about Clooneys Batman because that movie plus Kilmers two sucked big time, everyone is right about that.

      • TheMonarch

        You’re right, the Batman and Superman that fell under Nolan’s direction and production we’re not terribly deep (and, frankly, Nolan added the tone and structure to what GOYER handed him, which were significant)–but “geared toward infantile intellects”?! I guess one COULD think that; It helps to be relative, of course. I mean, do you live in an alternative universe where The Avengers–that’s a swipe at the movie, not at Marvel: so calm the fuck down–or, god forbid, Transformers never opened? …I, for one, liked TDK trilogy–mainly. And the majority of MOS. They reinforce very human heroic cycles in pulp rendering; and maybe they’re the kind of stories and messages you are personally sick and tired of, but they’re recurrent for a reason–and were, before the grubby hands of the studio were on them…, before even pictures. Also, I think, given the material of the comics, we couldn’t have done better (–mainly). THAT much better, that is. At least in terms of producing Batman or Superman on film. (And, yes, tone and structure were a big part of it; more successful, obviously, in TDK trilogy, than with MOS and Snyder’s…wackiness.) By the by, I’d like to hear YOUR suggestions on what Batman or Superman series/stories come closer to being your screen ideal, if applicable. Just to gauge what you think would’ve been not “infantile.”

      • Reality Check

        Comicbooks are for children.They are by definition infantile. And to try to elevate them into high art is indicative of an infantile intellect that has not progress on to adult properties.

      • TheMonarch

        “Comicbooks are for children.” It must be cozy in there, wherever you’ve
        been for the last thirty years. And comic books were NEVER infantile. Juvenile, but not infantile. “And to try to elevate them into high art is indicative of an infantile intellect that has not progress on to adult properties.” You sure about that? I thought, if anything, it would be indicative of an intellect that has outgrown infantility, juvenility, and wishes to do something to keep up genres and, specifically, characters that are a fixture in the cultural consciousness to the point of being part of its symbolic language. And are we talking creator-side, or reader-side? And as for “high art,” you have a definition handy? Because it sounds like little more than a prejudicial template, at least the way you’re using it.

      • Reality Check

        Translation: “I want to people to take my children’s story about a man in a batsuit super serious, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” [Throws batman dolly at computer screen].
        It’s hubris to try to elevate something as infantile as the concept of a billionaire fighting crime in a batsuit to high art. It’s like saying you wanted to do an epic Franklin the Turtle adaptation for serious adults. Lulz;)

      • Christopher Harper

        You need to read some Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, and early Frank Miller books. Comics have been high art for more than 20 years now, and were frequently damn good stories before that.

      • TheMonarch

        I’ve given you the benefit of the doubt, i.e. that you’re not a troll–despite deliberately entering and scrawling the walls of a post that ties heavily to superheroes (and tangentially to comics)–but you haven’t answered my question. What do you conceive of as “high art”? …Also, I want you to do something. Go and read the Iliad. Do. You might understand then why Vico likened it to something between a WWF match and an issue of the X-Men. Only through its elevation to a cultural touchstone, then an object of classics scholars and later poets and playwrights, did it stand on any kind of reputation. And then think, really think, about how that foundational piece of literature started off as Homer’s own orally recited Achillead, a shorter, looser, unattenuatedly barbaric (or juvenile, if you care), crowd-pleasing violence fest to make Mark Millar jealous. I shouldn’t have to defend comics in general, above and beyond their own internal efforts. Nevertheless, it’s a BULLSHIT, snobbish, VERY poor intellect who would bar that same path of growth to anything originating in them. As for the even worse prejudice against superheroes: Quality and longevity are always arguable, for a specific work, as they are in any medium; but CONTENT is NOT degraded just be the characters wear a cape and cowl. Moreover, comic books are a “living language,” unlike most of what could properly be classified as “high art” (assuming you even have a viable definition). It’s up to the writer and the artist to create something special–but they will ACTUALLY be READ.

      • Lulz all over

        Lulz. You read the Iliad in grade twelve lit class and you start yammering about ‘cultural touchstones’? I’ve read the Aeneid, Odyssey, Euripides, Sophocles, Plato, Aristophanes, Aristotle, The works of Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Hemmingway, Faulkner, Dante’s Inferno, Shakespeare, Henry James, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Cervantes, Edmund Spencer… etc…etc… the list goes on and on. Not only have I read all the most influential and important literary texts of the western canon; I’ve also seen filmography’s Tarkovsky, Bergman, Kubricks, Allen, Antonioni, Lang and must of the seminal filmmakers of the modern. Without a doubt I can say, based off my extensive reading and viewing, comic books and superheros are medium for the submental.

      • TheMonarch

        “You read the Iliad in grade twelve lit class and you start yammering about ‘cultural touchstones’?” That’s some surmise, almost as big as the phoniness that follows it. Lulz, Reality Check…whatever you wish to call yourself, you still haven’t answered my question about “high art.” From what I can infer, however, the cut-and-paste names you’ve listed ARE what you think constitutes “high art”–AM I RIGHT? And: “[B]ased off my extensive reading and viewing, comic books and superheros are medium for the submental.” Your extensive reading and viewing…of non-comic book/non-superhero franchises? So you read the spine of Norton authors, and take in the sights from Criterion, and vomit invective onto something you have absolutely zero insight on because it doesn’t belong to your vaunted, parroted reading list. You either ARE a troll–or one of the most malicious, lumpheaded, holier-than-that prigs to ever belch out of the womb into the world. “Submental”? Really?! I’m so sorry Rob Liefeld’s locked you in a basement and is cornholing you with rolled-up, unsold copies of Re:Gex–but you have NO PERSPECTIVE. None.

      • Reality Check

        hahaha. You mad bro? You done been trolled by the best of the best. Sorry, The Monarch, but you made it too damn easy.
        @Me, Yes, I have read Maus, actually just went and saw a museum exhibit on it, Fritz the cat is for perverts and finally, don’t none of that shit have anything to do Superheros. And before you guys go Bringing up Allen Moore again, League of extraordinary gentlemen has the invisible man getting sodomized to death by Mr. Hyde so no, it ain’t high art. LULZ 2 B HAD!

      • TheMonarch

        Not really mad, if you’re asking. Frustrated at the opinions you’ve refracted this way, and that are all too real, unfortunately. I’m actually more AMUSED: One, because you were building a character whose overwhelming stupidity I was really going to have fun with–assuming they were authentic, and assuming they would actually slip into the noose by answer the one question on my mind. And two, you actually do lighten my mood by exposing yourself as a troll. I just wish every two-bit, pantywaist, gloriously meaningless prig were as honest.

      • Lulz 2 B Had

        I troll to amuse myself because I don’t take the internet very seriously. People on here take it VERY seriously, which adds to my enjoyment. It’s pretty hard to argue that comic books aren’t high art when Watchmen exists ( Even Time magazine had it on their list of 100 greatest novels of the 20th century) but, alas some people do.

      • TheMonarch

        Are you the one who posts here regularly, lampooning Nolan and Snyder in voices?

      • Me

        Maybe you should try some comic books that are not about superheroes. I’ll give you that superheroes can be goofy… But Maus is anything but submental… considering it’s a recounting of surviving Auschwitz in comic book form.. Persopolis was pretty good too.

      • Me

        I guess yo never read Maus.. How about Fritz the Cat?

    • Preemptive_Thinking

      So what movies do you like or what movies that are awe inspiring to you? And I supposed that you’ve also watched Nolan’s Batman Trilogy to give your criticisms.

    • Me

      And you were able to ascertain that from the sixe of the tax break how exactly?

      • Me

        *size* not sixe

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  • Steve

    I’m trying to think of a good joke involving Detroit and post-destruction Metropolis.

  • Steve

    I’m trying to think of a good joke involving Detroit and post-destruction Metropolis.

    • Nate B.

      No need, that joke writes itself.

    • Chris

      So not only do they get a $35 million tax break, but the producers of the movie also get to save on the CGI costs for filming a barren/destroyed city.

  • Lex Walker

    I get that Detroit really, really, REALLY needs the money, but at what point do you take a little offense that they’re only shooting in your city because it looks it’s suffered through a battle between two Kryptonians or it’s the perfect setting for a crime-decayed Gotham?

    • Strong Enough

      i think that is where CGI comes into play. unless that was a joke…then heh

      • Collider Reader

        Shut your dumb mouth strong enough. You’re a punk and a coward. My biggest wish in life is to be able to beat your face in you fat virgin punk. You’ll say something glib after this but deep down you know you’re a scared coward and you ain’t man enough to last 2 minutes in my world.

      • Strong Enough

        LMAO I know you love me!

      • Collider Readership

        Waited a day to reply, hoping I wouldn’t see? You scared coward. Look at you, you’re scared now. Give me your address and let’s see how smart you talk.

      • Collider Readership

        P.S. See how many likes the thought of someone beating you up got? Must sting.

      • Strong Enough

        owwww yeah 3 people. it’ hurts soo bad. let me get my kleenix box. you have to be joking right?. it made me laugh though. you’re a funny guy…or girl…or trans? i don’t discriminate though lmao

      • Strong Enough

        Sorry for the delay i was watching too many Korean films on Netflix. I know i’m on everyone’s mind here constantly, but i’m only one person here! ha!

  • Murdoch

    Detroit? You mean the place that had more than half its population leave? Hell, i wonder how long it took them to realize that using it for shooting movies is LITERALLY the best possible use for all the vacant buildings and infrastructure.

  • Chris

    I live in Michigan and obviously all these commenters have never visited. The city is a mess no doubt. It’s run by a bunch of absolute idiots! But there are really nice areas. The city has a very gothic look with all the old building and would serve as a perfect Gotham city. Perhaps they chose Detrpit because it will look different to Nolan’s Gotham. Never the less it great to have a big budget film back in Michigan. Most of the incentives dried up when our stupid Governor Snyder with the help of Congressman Pete Lund took them away. This will bring much needed money back to our state. Great to have this production here!

    • eternalozzie

      Thank you … so much of my family have left Michigan because the job market dried up years ago there … anything that brings any chunk of income to the state should be welcome.

  • zac

    u kno transforming (no pun…) all of detroit into a movie studio city would literally be a second life and a great idea for the city and infrastcurture and people and everything all of a sudden everything that gets filmed there, people want to see so create tourism and film tours. though still 35 mil not sure how they can afford that when they’re broke! but studio detroit! cmon

    • Matt Clayton

      The state of Michigan picks up that $35 million tab, not Detroit itself. That’s not bad since the studio is spending more to shoot there ($97M estimated spend in Michigan minus the credit) than the state spent to get it there.

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  • Zachrifice

    Dear Studio Heads,
    Since youre not all that bright, let me refresh your memory on past title failures – Freddy VS Jason and Alien VS Predator. No one will take this film seriously if you call it Superman VS Batman.
    That is all.

    • Lex Walker

      Citing two of the crappiest movies with “vs” in their title might make you feel justified in your point, but there are plenty of movies with “vs” in their title that were well received. Kramer vs Kramer (Won 5 Oscars)? The People vs Larry Flynt (Nominated for 2 Oscars)? Joe Versus the Volcano (classic cult comedy)? Monsters vs Aliens (box office success/franchise starter)?

  • Nomis1700

    Detroit will be a great Gotham!

    • Old Soldier

      That’s an insult to Gotham!

  • rhizomeman

    Sups and batman aren’t really my favorites but I enjoyed the films. Hope this one is good. They are following the marvel model and are gearing up for justice league.

  • Nick

    Introducing the new 2014 Dodge Batmobile

  • Old Soldier

    Oh great, now my Michigan relatives have something new to NOT shut up about. “Didja hear, there gonna film Batman here locally- YA’KNOWIT?
    “No cousin Trent, Detroit’s 4hrs away. That’s not local!”
    “So? Jeff Daniels is from Michigan, I bet he’ll be in it- YA’KNOWIT?

  • Dan Buczynski

    Detroit as Gotham? I like it.

  • Pittsburgh Pete

    Seriously? this multimillion dollar company is shaking down, already shaken, Detroit? The level of greed in this country still amazes…

    • eternalozzie

      do you have any facts to support what you just said ??? … this movie will bring a lot of revenue to local business while filming.

    • Me

      Umm… You do realize if you read the whole statement and that the tax break is based on a projected $131 million being spend in Detroit and employing approx 400 people in the area…. Pretty standard practice in big budget film making… Basically a discount on sales tax for spending so much in the city..

  • poppincherry

    And my middle finger starts going up in Miami 2013.

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