The Michigan Film Office has officially announced that Warner Bros. Pictures' "Batman vs. Superman" project, tentatively titled "Man of Steel 2", has been approved for film incentives from the state and will begin filming in Detroit, early next year. It's been speculated that Detroit will stand in for Gotham City, in the new film.
The film, from director Zack Snyder, was approved for $35M in film incentives, on $131 million of projected in-state spending.The production is expected to hire 406 Michigan workers, with a full time equivalent of 426 jobs, in addition to 6,000 man/days of extra work. The production anticipates using approximately 500 local Michigan vendors during filming and anticipates spending $5.1 million on local hotels. Production on the new film is expected to begin in Detroit sometime in the first few months of 2014. The film will star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck (as Batman), Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
“This project will further strengthen the reputation of Michigan and metro Detroit as a premier film destination,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “We look forward to the spotlight shining on our incredibly talented workforce and the businesses that support our film industry here in Michigan.”
“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.”
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