‘Batman Vs. Superman’ to be Filmed in Detroit – Michigan Approves Tax Incentives
Looks like the 'Man of Steel' sequel -- likely titled a variation of 'Batman Vs. Superman' -- is coming to Michigan! The state just approved $35 million in tax incentives for the 2015 blockbuster, which will film in Detroit and other locations in early 2014.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Bat-Fleck and the new Superman will face off in Michigan, which is sure to be a bulletpoint in an upcoming "Pure Michigan" ad. Can't you just hear Tim Allen saying, "It's where superheroes bewilder our imaginations..."
The news comes on the heels of our state's approval of $35 million in tax incentives, which will likely be worth it for the community once the mega-blockbuster's production company employs thousands of extras, local catering companies, hotels and other local businesses. It is estimated that production will spend around $131 million at local businesses.
The film will be the first to feature one of the most hotly debated casting of the Dark Knight to date (see the links below), as Ben Affleck will slip on the cowl and cape to do battle with Henry Cavill's Man of Steel. The battle is said to be filmed in Detroit, which we're assuming will be the new Gotham City, and other parts of Michigan. Detroit has always been an ideal location for big blockbusters -- it's a huge city with nowhere near enough people to fill it. In fact, it was rumored to be the new Gotham once before, just prior to the filming of 'The Dark Knight Rises.' That, ultimately, never happened.
We're expecting the "other parts of Michigan" to include Flint. Anyone who saw 'Man of Steel' knows that ***SPOILER ALERT*** most of Metropolis was completely destroyed during the film's final battle battle between General Zod and old Supes. And what city in Michigan looks most like a destroyed Metropolis? That's right -- Flint-Town, Flint-Town, Fuh-Fuh-Fuh-Fuh-Flint-Town!
Filming in Detroit and "other parts of Michigan" is said to begin in the first three months of 2014. Perhaps we will get a look at Ben Affleck in full Batman gear earlier than expected.