‘Batman vs. Superman’ Will Be Filming in Michigan

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 15th, 2014 at 11:23 am,

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The sequel to the Superman movie reboot Man of Steel – otherwise known as Batman vs. Superman/Superman vs. Batman - has found its Caped Crusader in the shape of former Daredevil Oscar-winner Ben Affleck, in addition to an official July 2015 release date. That is to say: the rest of the world may still be wrapping its (figurative) head around the logic behind director Zack Snyder’s decision to cast Affleck as Bruce Wayne, but Snyder and his production team are moving full-steam ahead (in order to begin production by the first quarter of 2014).

It had previously been rumored that the Batman/Superman movie will be shooting in Vancouver, Canada, which is where much of the sound stage filming (and some of the exterior photography) was conducted on Man of Steel. However, the Michigan Film Office has issued a formal press release, announcing that the Warner Bros/DC superhero movie has been approved for a film incentive from the state.

Batman vs. Superman (remember, that’s not the official title… yet) having landed an incentive from the Michigan state government comes as little surprise, given the sheer amount of manpower and financial investment that this tentpole – a cinematic superhero “event” if ever there was one – will require. Here is an excerpt from the Michigan Film Office’s press release, which offers a quick breakdown of that situation:

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.

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Most of Metropolis, as portrayed in Man of Steel, was “played” by Chicago, similar to how the Windy City provided many of the skyscrapers and buildings that made up Gotham City in Man of Steel co-writer/producer Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. At least one of those famous comic book cities will be “played” by Detroit in Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2, based on the statement from Snyder that was included in the Michigan Film Office’s press release:

“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.”

We have no concrete information about David S. Goyer’s screenplay for the Man of Steel sequel (based on his and Snyder’s screen story), so it’s open season – as far as speculation goes, with regard to whether the film will take place almost entirely in Metropolis – like the famous “World’s Finest” episode of Superman: The Animated Series (which pitted Kal-El against Bruce Wayne) - or partially unfold in both Supe’s and Bats’ respective home turfs. One possibility is that the Detroit locations will serve as previously-unexplored regions in the Man of Steel universe’s version of Metropolis (rather than bring Gotham to life).

On the other hand: seeing how Affleck is playing a different version of the Dark Knight than Christian Bale did in Batman Begins – one who might fall closer to the experienced detective/crime-fighter type featured in many comic books and older animated TV shows – the Man of Steel sequel might also present a good occasion to establish a new Gotham vision that stands apart from Nolan’s version. (Maybe setting up future Batman movies in the new shared DC universe?) A place like Detroit certainly has potential, as far as the city being used to create a worthy new rendition of Bruce Wayne’s crime-rampant Gotham hometown on the big screen.

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Thing is, if the Caped Crusader’s function in Batman vs. Superman end up being relatively similar to The Joker’s in The Dark Knight (i.e. he is the antagonistic force that challenges the superhero protagonist’s moral code and beliefs), then it might be better to save the trip to the new Gotham for another day. Specifically, a movie where the focus is not (theoretically) on the Last Son of Krypton.

How about it: will/should we see Gotham City in the Man of Steel sequel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.


Batman vs. Superman/Superman vs. Batman/Man of Steel 2 opens in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Source: Michigan Film Office

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  1. Good for their economy, obviously.

    • Good for the union goons who are a huge part of the demise of that city/state.

      • You are probably in your 20s bussing tables or attending the fry station at Mickey Ds. If it weren’t for union so many of today’s workers rights would be non- existent and whatever you’re paid now would be much lower. As far as the downfall of Detroit, the unions have nothing to do with its downfall. The large car company’s that created unsustainable crappy and unimaginative cars are behind detroits economic collapse. Get your facts straight!

        • According to what I have read, the unions were directly responsible for the fall of Detroit. They got greedy.

          • THE FALL OF DETROIT was caused by the corrupt Govt. officials down here! The good ole mayor Kwame STOLE 8 million dollars, Colman Young STOLE EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN IN THAT CITY, and the rest of the city council and all of them “GOONS” are responsible!

            It has been happening since the early 70′s and it finally reached the breaking point! IT WAS NOT THE UNIONS! that is a load of garbage from someone that does NOT LIVE HERE!

            • @Bruce Banner.

              I have family that live in Detroit, they said Unions have played a large part in the fall of Detroit, along with Politics. If you are going to turn a blind eye to one and not the other, you are blind to both.

              Detroit was a great city once upon a time, but it is the past 25 years that driven it into the ground.

              • That’s true. Im in Chicago, family in Detroit. The past couple decades the entire city was awash in corruption. From the union guy in the auto industry making seventy dollars an hour (including bennies, etc) and demanding more and more, to every single public school administration, and all the politicians blowing money and outright stealing it – what do you expect? We can’t forget crime either. Culture rot there has been on full display for a long long time.

                The phrase “drain the swamp” fits Detroit perfectly.

        • @Hoffa.

          This article just blew your whole post out of the water.


          • @B. Waine, never let the facts get in the way of a good argument when a liberal apologist is trying to communicate.

            • Detroit just filed for bankcruptcy!

          • Excellent article, Jeff, and right on the money, of course.

            • @Robert Palmar.

              I just did not like how Hoffa came in with the Unions are Gods! Thinking.

              There are some good, some bad, in Detroit, mostly bad.

              • Right. If the country is to learn what happened
                in Detroit and why it has to be honest with itself
                or the same mistakes will be repeated elsewhere.

                • In the UK, the unions demanded more money from the government during the 1970s and even forced the country into a 3 day working week, crippling the economy while union leaders cashed in their share of the millions given to them.

    • We really do need this actually. I know part of Transformers 4 is being shot here right now, so thats going to help a little.

  2. Zach Snyder has offcially lost what was left of his mind:

    “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.

    “quintessential American city”?!?!?! They’re broke, and it’s a raging dump!!

    • Yeah, because “Detroit is a dump’ is something Zach would be quoted saying just before the city gives him millions of dollars to accommodate the film

      An astute observation, professor.

    • Detroit is a great choice as they will save money on having to destroy sets or CGI. Detroit already looks like supes blasted through it.

      • lol!!!

      • You win interwebz!

    • It’s true Detroit is facing hard times now but you have to remember that has not always been the case. Detroit suffered from a “fall from grace” sort of situation and most people feel their better days are in the past. However, with the right investments, businesses etc they could also make a comeback. Snyder was speaking metaphorically about the country as a whole and perhaps even speaking about how gotham city will be viewed in the context of the movie.

      • Johnny you are my hero!

        • And mine !!

    • Think about it. Detroit perfectly represents Gotham. Crime is rampant and all that.

      • I am a fan of the DK trilogy, but Gotham could have looked rougher.

    • It is a raging DUMP, NO DOUBT! but that is because all of the garbage in that city don’t care about how they are perceived or how they do nothing but make it worse!

      I have lived here for all of my life and there is ONE reason the city is really falling apart!
      They don’t care about a human life, they don’t care about their city, and they certainly don’t care that they have caused ALL of the buisnesses to leave or how they have caused so much fear that NO young people want to move there and make it better! sell crack, shoot each other, and destroy one of the greatest cities in the history of the early 20th century!
      It will never get better until we get a real Batman to take out the trash in the city of Detroit.

      • So…..

        “Leaders of Detroit, you have failed this city”?

        Where’s Stephen Amell when you need him?

  3. Nice, it’d be cool to see the effect the alien invasion had on Gotham city, maybe an epilogue similar to Krypton’s destruction in the beginning of Man of Steel. Really want to see Batman’s reaction during the invasion aha.

    So so far they’re filming in Toronto and Detroit?

    • You’re right! I would love to see a flashback scene of Bruce Wayne watching all this havoc unfold in the world, and get his thoughts on the aftermath or while it is happening in a flashback scene of sorts.

  4. Anybody know who did the artwork above at the top and which graphic novel is it? also the Batman picture?

    • It was created as cover art and published exclusively for Wizard magazine.
      By Alex Ross and Jim Lee and called Superman & Batman: Legendary Heroes.
      Lee created the drawing and Alex Ross rendered the image into a final painting.

      • @Robert Palmar
        Thanks,I’m a fan of Alex Ross,I should have known.

  5. ………………………………………………………………. just whyyyyy affleck….didnt he murder enough comic characters??? wasnt daredevil enough???

    • Watch out. The Batman is coming. After your ass UR ASS.

      • I’m sure criminals are pooping their britches at the thought of Ben Affleck….

        • Good, JG…so you AGREE that Affleck is the right man for the role.


          • :D

    • Just hope he doesn’t screw this one up.

  6. A roughly 25% reduction is production
    costs in-state is an offer you can’t refuse.

    This incentive of $35 million sounds like a cash
    outlay and not a package of tax-incentives
    making it all the more attractive too.

    • @Robert Palmar.

      However, it is 35 Million from the State as paid for by the tax payer.

      35 Million is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but when you have a major city suffering, it is a vast fortune.

      • Yes, of course. I just meant this was not apparently all in tax breaks.
        And you are right, it is still a lot of money and taxpayers end up paying.

        In principle I am opposed to state or city breaks for filmmaking as it
        distorts the marketplace but since everyone does it all states
        get in on the act to try an one up one another with breaks.

        I presume Michigan has worked the numbers and
        thinks more than 35 million will be returned from the
        the movie being made but taxpayers never seem to
        see the final accounting once production ends either.

        • @Robert Palmar.

          Lets look at Principal Photography. Anywhere between 6-10 weeks. Depending on re shoots, weather and the such that can pop up.

          This is where Michigan screwed up. Say the Movie takes Place in Detroit.

          The Unions are going to tear it apart, because Union Jobs means union pay. Go overtime.

          Take Philadelphia, my home town, I love my city, but Unions.

          You go to the Convention center, They have a comic book convention every year there.

          If you want to plug in your laptops, computer, printers and what have you if you are part of the convention, you have to have a Union Electrician Plug it in for you. I know, stupid, you just sneak it in. Never ask for assistance.

          Now with Michigan, Teamsters, Electricians, Carpenters, Water works, Iron Works. Those are the basic unions that movies have to deal with in any union town.

          If they film in Detroit, all those jobs are going to Union jobs, because if you are not in a union, the union will shut production down.

          A Union made Hostess go out of business, don’t think they can’t shut down a movie for a couple of days or weeks.

          • All good point, Jeff, and we’ll see how this plays out.
            I live in Manhattan and you can’t do anything here
            without unions either and they make it expensive.

            New York still has major income streams and can
            withstand this better than poorer cities so far.
            Even with that things have to change here.

  7. I had a nightmare last night that they cast Jaden Smith as a new, street smart Robin for this film. I was almost afraid to check this website today.

    • After reading that comment, I was greatly disturbed within…

    • Sounds like a horror film.

  8. Detroit is the PERFECT place for Gotham. It’s rough, gritty, dirty, tough. It has that lived in feel that Gotham needs.

    • Geez is Detroit really that rough? From all the comments, I’m getting the idea that the city is run down or something lol.

      • ColdSc, I grew up in Detroit, I have since moved to Thailand. Almost literally as far as I could possibly get. Does that help?

        • Aha I guess Detroit is the perfect place for Gotham than!

          • ” Detroit Rock City ! “

          • Actually Yes.
            It doesnt have quite the aesthetics you would want for Gotham (lotsa skyscapers and what not) but that is nothing creative camera angles and some CGI cant fix.
            However, If you want to portay a city desperately in need of a vigilante crime fighter… Detroit is it.

            Narc is a good movie to watch to see what I mean.

            • To clarify: Narc was mostly shot in Canada (Toronto I think) but they used footage shot in Detroit when trying to showcase the “Urban Decay” aspect.

              And boy is it decayed.

  9. Good for Michigan. They could use the money.

  10. Good for Michigan, I look forward to maybe seeing some landmarks I grew up with in my most anticipated movie.

  11. Here is a slide show of photos of Detroit’s decline. Sad and heartbreaking.

  12. Even if you’re a hater this news cannot be denied as being a great and smart decision.

    It’s good for Michigan and it’s smart for WB. A win / win situation.

    And , yes, Absolutely. Detroit and the other Urban cities of Michigan are a perfect depiction of “Gotham City.”

    I’m hoping that Zack Snyder creates a totally “stylized” and dark and gritty look for Gotham City.

    That’s one of the few things Chris Nolan didn’t do. His Gotham was too clean and generic.

    Tim Burton’s vision of Gotham was superb.

    • I’m hoping this Gotham is a bit more gothic, not too much to the point where it feels fictional, but just enough to showcase that the city itself is sort of..demented? I don’t know the word but a place you get a negative vibe for when walking through it at night.

      • he’s making it a realistic world

        • Realistically Detroit is somewhat Gothic right now.

      • Like Houston TX. Or at least like it use to be!

    • I preferred Tim Burton’s Gotham too.

      Let’s hope Zack Snyder does his stylistic
      best depicting Gotham closer to the comics.

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        • :D :D

        • ^^^This

    • @kryptonic I really liked the Gotham in Begins.Mostly a set.The sequels gave it a realistic/differant look and feel but I prefer the first.

      • @ len

        Right on!

        I was going to add that “Batman Begins” DID indeed portray a much more stylized Gotham.

        Agree with you 100%.

        It had always made me wonder why Nolan didn’t depict Gotham the same way in TDK and TDKR…..

        • And I’m wishing for more Arkham Asylum.Fingers crossed,with a Joker soon to escape.

          I liked Burtons snowy Gotham as well.

        • Also why Nolan did not keep Batman’s voice more like Batman Begins than the other 2 (The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises). He tried to be to realistic. Begins seemed more comic book like to me.

          • @Cue I think Begins and its Gotham is the best of the three.But The Joker scenes in Tdk are brilliant.

            • Len you are absolutely right! No way that Joker performance will be out performed anytime soon. I am just saying I don’t understand why Nolan changed the look of the city and Bale’s Batman voice so much. As for Bane. there was alot of potential there, but again making him too realistic is what messed that up in my opinion.

              • @Cue I read with the sequel he wanted a crime film like Heat or the Godfather with Bats and Joker in it.Using an open world setting to add realism.I guess it worked but I prefer Begins.
                The voice doesn’t bother me that much,and I really like the third one even with flaws.

                • The voice never bothered me much either, but hearing people gripe about it got me to observe closer and than I began to realize how Bale changed his voice more in TDK and TDKR than in Begins so I began to wonder what was up with that. I, as well, like TDKR with all it’s flaws, but Bane is the only problem I guess I really have. I would have loved to see a bigger, taller, more muscular Bane than Hardy’s. I think Hardy is an awesome actor, just wanted to see Bane look more like the comic Bane. Other than that I have enjoyed Nolan’s work as well.

                  • I’m no vocal coach so this is all speculation on my part. Notice how in Begins his voice was raspy, but there was still a clarity to it. I think changing his voice while maintaining that clarity was doing a number on his vocal cords so he switched up to the growls in TDK & TDKR.

                    • Good point. I just got to checking this thread, and noticed that you had commented a little while ago. Working late?

        • One thing that I did appreciate about Gotham in TDK and TDKR was that it felt huge and expansive, sizewise. The previous films had wonderful (in most cases) stylization, but for obvious reasons felt smaller and more set-like. Granted, the claustrophobic effect was kind of appropriate.

  13. They wont need CGI. Snyder would be doing Detriot a favor to blowup half the city.

  14. Detroit? Really?


    I was in Detroit once on business, and I would never go back there. Ever. It was disgusting.
    I can’t wait for the reports to come out about all the filming equipment, props and wallets being stolen from the movie crews.

    Well, I guess the location/scouting department AND the casting department at Warner Brothers both need a complete overhaul.

    What’s next, bringing back Adam West to play Commissioner Gordon?

    At least with Detroit already being destroyed, it will at least look like the end of MoS; there’s probably even a few dead aliens lying around that burned-out dump.

    Ben Affleck plus Detroit, what could be better?

    A lot, that’s what.

    Ok wb/dc fans, trolls, kiddies, and the like, fire away…..I’ll check back in a few years….

    • - 1,000,000,000

    • “Ok wb/dc fans, trolls, kiddies, and the like, fire away…..I’ll check back in a few years…. ”

      Actually, you don’t have to check back at all. Just go and not come back.

      • ^^This

    • Central Detroit,where the Big 3 Have their offices, not bad.

      It is the surrounding areas of Detroit that is the problem. I think the State of Michigan doing that tax break for Warner Brothers when Detroit is on the verge of bankruptcy.

      Detroit has an unemployment rate of 16% which is nearly double the national average.

      And they want to give a movie 35 million dollars? Priorities people, priorities.

  15. come on guys going to do a great job not many people can do what he can do is taking a lot of heat for a lot of things on his shoulders I like to see someone trying to better but I trust exactly do the right thing it’s happening in I love it

  16. I know the popular train of thought on the title of this movie is “Batman vs. Superman” or “Superman vs. Batman”, but in the interest of history, and the lore that’s come before it, wouldn’t a more fitting title be “World’s Finest?” Just a thought.

    • I agree. I really don’t like the “vs” title. I’d rather it be World’s Finest.

      • I think it’s temporary, to showcase who’s in the film. My bet is they’ll have a final title once the filming is done.

        • I think so too, but there’s always that little fear in the back of my mind. Haha. But we still have 2 years.

        • If they listen to you then yes they will!

        • I do not even think it is a temporary title. It is more a media title.
          The working title at Warner’s is Man Of Steel 2 from what I understand.

          • Maybe, it’s a good way to gather up interest for the general audience too.

            • I meant too the media coined the temporary title and ran with it.
              Warner’s doesn’t mind the use since everyone is talking about it.

              • Ah understood!

  17. This is great. I’d love to see the movie straddle Gotham & Metropolis. Batman can hold up Gotham as an example of how a city should look after saving it, and Supes can be all like, “Dude. Seriously?”

  18. The D baby!

  19. So does that mean Detroit is going to be both Gotham and Metropolis? Or just Gotham? If just Gotham then this should just be called Batman

    • $131 million is reported for projected in-state expenditures.
      The budget for this film is likely around 200 million meaning
      there is plenty of room to shoot other scenes elsewhere.

    • They’re also filming in Toronto I believe.

      • Indeed they are.

        Toronto for Metropolis…. and / or who else knows what other places in the DC universe that’ll take place in MOS2 (?)

        • I hope that’s all they’ll be planning to do to be honest. Introducing a new Bats and maybe the new Gotham is enough for me to fit in a solo Superman film aha.

  20. In Snyder we trust :D

    • I’ll second that!

    • Zack has earned it. I trust him.

      • He showed growth in this film and it’s by far his best film! I’m hoping he continues to grow for the next film, especially if it’s going to center around relationships instead of an alien invasion.

        • Zack learned a great deal from Man Of Steel
          which was a mammoth undertaking where
          he got most everything right and where
          he did not he knows and will change.

          Look for the sequel to be better
          than the first with a confident
          Zack Snyder letting it rip.

  21. It will be GREAT for our Economy!! I may just go down there during filming to see what I can get a glimps of!!

    Only about a 20 min. drive for me! But I am still hoping that they don’t make it look like the dump Detroit really is! THEY WILL NEED to liven it up a bit, or they will have the dilapidated version of Gotham!

  22. Good for Detroit in theory, good for the budget, maybe good for a new take on Gotham.

    On the other hand, hopefully Metropolis will be filmed elsewhere, and WB really should not be doing too much cost cutting on this project. They need to make decisions based on artistic merit above all else, swing for the fences on this baby. Hopefully Detroit fits that.

  23. Isn’t Detroit the UK equivalent of Liverpool?

    • You mean the US equivalent right?

      Liverpool would be the UK equivalent of Liverpool.

  24. So a state will give 35 Million dollar tax break to a multibillion dollar company to make a movie?

    Let see Michigan. Detroit filed for Chapter 9 and was denied. Meaning they are still in a half billion dollar deficit.

    Here is the rub on hiring those 400+Workers, they will be Taxed out of the yahoo for its 4.35 Variable AGI Rate.

    Then those workers will work for no more than 6 months and be out of work with an unemployment of less than 1/2 of their earnings pro-rated for a term of less than 12 months.

    Yeah, fubar.

  25. Awesome! I live not twenty minutes away from Detroit. I wonder if I can sneak a peak at the shooting?

  26. I forget who said what on the commentary for “Batman: Gotham Knight”.

    I can’t remember the exact words, but it involved someone saying Metropolis is when it’s a really sunny day in New York…and I can’t remember what the guy said about Gotham, but it was like a perfect description.

    I don’t know, I figured if Detroit is supposed to be the new Gotham, I might as well throw that detailed story in there.

  27. I am glad that they are filming in the states. All too often movies are filmed in Canada cause of the cost I think. Bringing some business and jobs, especially to Detroit, speaks to the level of care and sensitivity that Zack wants to bring to the production.

  28. Good Idea

  29. Is Detroit or Buffalo the armpit of America?