Rumor: Production Timeline for SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL? UPDATED

     January 7, 2011


As we all know, Christopher Nolan is producing the upcoming Superman reboot.  Unfortunately, that means any and all official word on the film is almost at radio silence, because if you knew how the movie was developing, it would be impossible for you to enjoy it for some reason.  With that in mind, a reader has sent us what might be the production timeline for Zack Snyder’s Superman: The Man of Steel and the dates are plausible.  All that’s been confirmed about Superman so far timeline-wise is that it will be released “Holiday 2012″.  The reader tells us that principal photography begins August 22, 2011 and will run through April 2012, which is a pretty long shoot.  Post-production on the film will then begin on May 1, 2012 and run through November 2012.  The film is set for release sometime between December 14 – 21st, 2012.

Hit the jump for more on this rumor.  Be warned, there’s minor spoilers ahead.

UPDATED: We’ve been sent an update…

[Minor spoilers ahead]

Here’s what the reader sent us:

Principle Photography begins 22 August 2011 and shooting will run until April 2012. “Superman” will enter Post-Production May 1, 2012 and will continue until November 2012 set for release in Mid-December 2012 (14th – 21st) [Date still TBC].

Principle Photography will start in [Location TBC] which will act as “Smallville” and will film for about 40 days for 4 scenes: [HOMECOMING], [FUTURE DISCUSSION], [SHIP DISCOVERY] and [FUNERAL].

Filming will then move to [Location TBC] where the majority of filming takes place. Shooting here will last Mid-September until Early January 2012.

Filming will then move to the European and Asian continents as well as the Middle East for minor shoots from January 5th to mid February 2012.

Filming will then move to a UK Studio until late April 2012 for interior shoots and set shoots before entering Post-Production on May 1.

So is this the actual timeline for the production?  We don’t know, but it’s possible.  This is going to be a big budget film and since Snyder is going to be busy with his new film Sucker Punch all the way through March, there’s still plenty of time for casting and other pre-production. Also, it’s not like that they’ll be editing only when they’re done filming.  They’ll be editing from the day they start shooting so that the day the wrap, they’ll have a rough cut.  This is standard practice for most big budget pictures. Again, we can’t confirm or deny this, but this isn’t the craziest timeline ever.

We were sent an update from our source:

To follow up on the confusion surrounding my tip off about the Superman production timeline:

The scenes in Smallville aren’t the first thing in the movie but are going to be filmed first for convinience and won’t be a major part of the story but a key part.

I believe that the stand in for Metropolis will be Chicago and NOT Vancouver. This is one of the key reasons why The Dark Knight Rises has moved to Detroit because TDKR doesn’t have as many ariel shots as Superman and so the audience will not know the difference. The ariel shots in TDKR will be CGI enhanced as will the Superman shots.

There will be a Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year breaks during the shoot. Shooting in 2011 finishes on something like December 15th and won’t resume until January 5th.

The foreign shoots are for a montage scene and will feature Clark Kent. I believe the story says Iraq and Afghanistan but filming won’t take place there for obvious reasons and a stand in country will be chosen. The actual foreign places are being decided now and it may even film those desert war scenes in the US.

The UK studio is Shepperton Studios at Pinewood I believe and is where the Daily Planet interior scenes will be filmed as well as others which I won’t say.

Again, we can’t confirm or deny this info.  If anyone has any addition information, please let us know.


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  • alex

    One big thing missing from that schedule is it doesn’t mention anything involving pre-production work. Snyder for Sucker Punch started working on the CGI months before starting principal photography, and I’d say the same will happen with the new Superman.

    Snyder is a very focused, fully planned out director. A large unusual amount of preproduction is standard practice for him.

    That the above post doesn’t mention that means that it’s probably bogus.

    • Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

      I don’t think not having that info means it’s bogus. Pre-production work is going on right now. the sch we were sent starts with Principle Photography…but who knows.

      • alex

        I will also add that post production never stops with Snyder. With movies being delivered in digital format for the cinemas. Snyder working on the film post production wise till the films release is expected (mostly CGI work, but can also mean music, sound and voice)

        This doesn’t mean one should discredit the entire thing, perhaps the principal photography dates are correct. (that they would be filmed in different continents is unusual since Snyder is famous for being very money conscious with his shoots, going to asia and the middle east sounds like something Nolan would do) But otherwise it’s bogus and made to look somewhat professional to make it look legitimate.

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  • Edward Davis

    Every site received that this morning. Some just didn’t decide to just print random emails received in our inbox.

    • MonsterKilledThePilot

      Stop trying to act like you’re above everyone else. The Playlist has been known to post rumors, too.

  • Paul

    Dates sound legit.

    Though I think Warner Brothers would want to release a Superman movie a few weeks earlier. Perhaps on Thanksgiving (big family film) or the first week of December.

    I think this would be the case just because releasing “Superman:Ad Nauseum” between December 14-21st would put in direct conflict with “The Hobbit: Part One”.

    Would Warner Brothers want two super-expensive family films to be released mere days apart? Don’t know. Though I wouldn’t be surprised to hear over the next few months that the film could be pushed back to Summer 2013. Time will tell.

    • tazmaniak

      Being pushed back to summer 2013 isn’t likely to happen.The rights to Superman revert to the Siegel and Shuster heirs in 2013, so that movie has to come out in 2012.

  • fizzyornotfizzy

    all i have to say is that a nine month shoot is a pretty long one. either way sounds pretty legit.

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  • wtf

    No matter how few ariel shots there are in either movie, I´m totally opposed to freakin´ mermaids in any of the two superhero movies. They just don´t fit Nolan´s serious tone.

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  • KP

    The biggest thing I don’t see is, how does the Superman custody battle affect all of this?

  • LukeR

    “…made to look somewhat professional to make it look legitimate.”

    If it was somewhat professional then “princiPLE photography” probably wouldn’t have been misspelled.


  • Tiago nogueira

    esse novo filme do homem de aço,precisa ter um roteiro que encaixe bastante sequencias de lutas,sem precisar forçar um “super sinal”.

  • Bill

    Just pick the right guy for Superman….no buddy favors like Tim
    Burton did picking 5’5 160lb. wimp Michael keaton for Batman.
    Pick the right guy Nolan and have a movie with a lot of heart, action and humor…thats all I ask.

  • Alex–

    Alright looks legit now, if he was a fanboy he wouldn’t have mentioned TDK since it’s an obvious giveaway thus is too obvious.

    I like the 9 month shoot, which makes some sense seeing as Sucker Punch was 5 months and that much smaller film made entirely in sets in one location.

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  • eddy

    what about the cast? why dont they use tom welling? hes done the job for ten years now, and he deserves this

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  • weelll

    There’s no CGI in Dark Knight Rises. Nolan already said this.

    People should really do their homework even if they trying make up a story. Nice to see how real facts can contradict this b.s.