‘Superman Vs. Batman': Is Detroit The Next Gotham City?

by Brett White

With it’s 2015 release date fast-approaching, the team behind the film-still-not-officially-titled “Superman vs. Batman” is definitely on the move. After announcing Ben Affleck as Batman last week, the Michigan Film Office announced today that the sequel will film in metro Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan. The exact start date is not yet known, but production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014.

“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” said director Zack Snyder. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”

Margaret O’Riley, the director of the Michigan Film Office, added, “This project will further strengthen the reputation of Michigan and metro Detroit as a premier film destination. We look forward to the spotlight shining on our incredibly talented workforce and the businesses that support our film industry here in Michigan.”

Detroit’s been in the news a lot lately, but not because of its comic book movie connections. The city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy back in July, making it the largest city by population in United States history to do so. “Superman vs. Batman” chose to film there because it was “awarded an incentive of $35 million on $131 million of projected in-state expenditures,” according to the press release. The production seems to come as good news for the city, though, as it is expected to hire over 400 Michigan workers to make the film happen, and plans on using around 500 local vendors during the shoot.

One has to wonder if Detroit will set the stage for Gotham City, should Batman’s home play a pivotal role in the film. Christopher Nolan’s previous “Dark Knight” trilogy mashed up numerous locations, including Chicago and New York City, to create Gotham’s look. Detroit would be a change of pace. There’s no word yet as to whether or not the locations used in the first “Man of Steel,” which used Chicago as Metropolis and Plano, Illinois as Smallville, will be used again.

The full press release can be seen over at Superhero Hype.

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