So it’s a poorly-held secret that for the last few nights Batman V Superman production had moved to a night shooting schedule at the Nicholson Terminal at the docks in River Rouge. This is a now infamous filming locale, used in several Detroit-made films such as Real Steel and Transformers: Age of Extinction in which you may have seen the flying Boblo boat. Only a few blurry cellphone pics have emerged of this set, taken by people working on the docks, but some of the production team do share the occasional instagram photo that help locate filming. Thanks, Clay.
Night shoots are of course particularly exciting because, well … BATMAN. So far we’ve seen Bruce Wayne, Superman and Clark Kent, but much as we have loved all of those, the man everyone wants to see is Batman. Yes, we’ve seen the WB-released picture and we’ve seen #SadBatman, but it isn’t quite the same as seeing the actor in his suit on set. The other missing element so far of course is the Batmobile. Again there were a couple of shots some weeks ago of the new vehicle in a warehouse, but Detroit residents (and all Batman fans everywhere) are waiting for the big reveal on the streets. We’d hoped it would happen in August when the movie filmed in downtown Detroit, but so far, if the Batmobile has featured in any filming it’s been in scenes kept heavily under wraps. My piece of advice to Zack Snyder, who I’m, sure is an avid follower of all things Bananadoc (not really), Get the Batmobile out there! Follow Michael Bay’s lead and put the Batmobile out in Detroit for people to look at and take pictures. Just saying. We’d love you forever and lobby the Michigan Film Office for you to film the Justice League Movie here. OK we would do that anyway. But pretty please. And while we’re writing a wish list, Superman and Batman too! What a photo op that would be.
Back to reality. It seems as though night shoots will continue for much of September, confirmed by various casting calls and some inside information, but the location may already have moved to an industrial area near Detroit. The eagle-eyed and obsessively-curious who know Detroit had already managed to work out the location of that original Batmobile picture. Yes, there are a lot of derelict warehouses in Detroit, but this one wasn’t too hard to track down. We already had that location in the back of our minds before the occasional picture started appearing on social media that suggested the building was going to become a bigger part of the action.
Fast forward a couple of days and it’s been confirmed that the shooting at this location will be a big part of the movie. Filming will run through to September 18, set up has already begun, and filming may already have started on part of the site. Again, like the docks, it is pretty locked down. It’s extremely unlikely that anyone is going to gain access to the set to see much going on, particularly since filming will primarily take place at night. But there are boats. Lots of boats. Clearly we are looking at a docks theme here, although the cabling running through this large complex indicates that filming may happen throughout the site, including the roof spaces. Awesome. Batsignal? And Batmobile. We know it was here before, and may even have been stored here, but surely this is where the Caped Crusader and his trusty steed will be in action. It’s night time. And the scenery is totally Gotham. This has to be a big scene for Batfleck. We’re excited.