As blockbuster movies get progressively bigger – and oftentimes longer – than movies released even a few years ago, one of the things that has changed is where they film. In the early days of Hollywood, movies were largely confined to sound stages with sets standing in for real or imagined locations. While sound stages are still an integral part of filmmaking, especially with the expanded use of green screen, many filmmakers travel around the globe to find the right locations for their movies.
One recent example of that is Fast & Furious 8, which became the first major studio movie to film in Cuba after the travel ban to that country was eased. It also filmed in Iceland, bringing that country its “largest explosion ever.” If anyone can top that explosion, though, it is Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder.
Snyder is also directing Batman V Superman‘s follow up with next year’s Justice League, and despite the director reigning in some of his “flourishes” for the upcoming movie, there is no doubt that it will still feature plenty of over-the-top action sequences. According to the official travel guide site (via ComicBook.com), some of those action sequences will be taking place in the Westfjords of Iceland, where the Justice League crew will be filming in October through November. The primary set will be in Iceland’s Djúpavík village, which the travel guide notes has only two permanent residents, though there are usually more in the summer.
The village will certainly see a population spike during the next two months, since approximately 200 crew members are expected to take residence there during Justice League‘s filming. Some of those crew members will be staying in a local hotel, while others will be housed onboard a nearby cruise ship. How the infrastructure of a town usually containing two people will handle the influx of over 200 more is not mentioned, but no doubt that was worked out ahead of time between the local government and the movie’s producers and helped along by the substantial amount of spending that their presence will bring to the area.
It’s worth noting that Djúpavík is a coastal village that was originally settled around a herring salting factory, which closed down over half a century ago but has been preserved. Since there’s one particular member of the Justice League who likes the ocean and knows a lot about fish, Djúpavík will probably be the location used for the fishing village scene we saw in the Comic-Con trailer.
Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.