More Behind-the-Scenes Details on BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Michigan Production Budget Set at $131 Million

     January 3, 2014


With production gearing up for Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman, we have some new behind-the-scenes details.  Michelle Grinnell, public relations manager for the Michigan Film Office, tells Inquisitr that this is the largest production for the state since Oz, the Great and Powerful, and will come in with a budget of $131 million.  Keep in mind that this is only on the production budget, and doesn’t include additional locations and post-production costs, which will likely push the budget far beyond $131 million.  Furthermore, the Detroit Free Press reports that the production will use all seven sound studios at the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac as well as locations around the state.  The shoot is expected to create 6,000 jobs and bring in $5 million in revenue.  As we previously reported, there will also be some shooting in Yorkville, Illinois, where the production is building a new Kent Farm.  Filming on Batman vs. Superman is expected to wrap in August.

The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Laurence FishburneBatman vs. Superman (unofficial title) opens July 17, 2015.

  • scurvy

    I hate when people quote ‘jobs created’. Yes I am glad a state in need is getting work but those jobs will only exist as long as the movie is in production and who knows how many people they will bring in from it if state to work on the movie.

    I also wonder how many millions in tax breaks Michigan have up to get that 5 million in revenue.

    • RunnerX13

      Yeah, but all those people brought in need to eat, sleep, gas up, and buy stuff for the months that they are there. Sure, it’s only for a finite time, but any location can become the next “go to” location for future movies.

    • Frank

      Detroit is getting a lot of production activity. More movies and tv that go there, more jobs. In order to receive the tax breaks, the studio is required to hire a certain percentage of locals.

  • Kevin

    Also, Denzel is rumored to play Green Lantern.

    • yrulaughing

      Also, Idris Elba is rumored to play every role ever

      • AdeoAdversary

        Idris Elba would be great in every role ever.

      • White Rose Brian

        I for one would like to see Idris Elba play Green Lantern.

    • LAME

      “Also, Denzel is rumored to play Green Lantern.” Seriously? That will remain as a rumor, obviously.

    • LEM

      Yeah that’s true but he’s 60 so I’m not sure what the hell WB would be thinking casting him.

      • doug r

        However, playing the Green Arrow in a Dark Knight Returns live action movie could work.

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  • DNAsplitter

    I’m curious at what the production budget was on MOS/Avengers/Iron Man 3 and other films of similiar nature was before they factored in their total costs? Just for a comparison sake.


      Pre and Post production plus the locations would always be factored in before they shoot the film. This article is mis-leading.

      • Querk

        It clearly says: “Production Budget”. Technically speaking is right. I mean, this is not IGN.

      • Guest

        Technically speaking it’s wrong:

        “Keep in mind that this is ONLY on the production budget, and doesn’t include additional locations and post-production costs”

        It’s not ‘only’ the production budget; it’s the ‘shooting’ budget. Technically, the production budget is the entire budget to make the film from pre to post-production.


    The ‘production budget’ covers all production costs from pre to post. This is a location budget that’s part of the production budget.

  • Cog

    Ask John Carter if you can buy a hit.

  • Milo

    Without knowing how big a chunk the shooting is of the total budget (or what it generally tends to be for movies like this), it would make comparisons to other movies nearly impossible. That said it wouldn’t be surprising if the total budget is in the same ballpark as the $225 million of the original.

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