So don’t get too excited because this isn’t Henry Cavill himself on the set of Batman V Superman in Detroit — we’ve yet to see the man himself — but at least today we did get to see his stand in on set. There’s a pretty good resemblance to the mild-mannered version of the Man of Steel, but clearly this isn’t the real deal. What is Clark Kent doing in Gotham City Jail is anyone’s guess? There’s a crowd outside, and Clark is seen coming out of the building and speaking with a woman on the steps.
So for the last few days a small corner of Detroit turned into Gotham. Seriously, how cool is that? The old Detroit Police Department on Clinton St. between Beaubien and Raynor turned into Gotham City Jail, complete with Gotham police, detectives in CSI white coats, and of course the cars! Gotham Police cars, Gotham taxicabs and a Gotham city bus. It doesn’t get much better than that. Well, OK, the Batmobile would have been the cherry on the cake, but so far that’s still been kept totally under wraps.
It looks as though there may still be a few more days of filming in the D before they move out to River Rouge to film a big scene — educated guesses suggest that this will be at the Nicholson Terminal where several other movies have been filmed recently… think Real Steel and the latest Transformers movie. The docks are inaccessible to prying cameras, so this may be our last chance to watch what’s happening on set before the production moves to Illinois (Kent farmhouse) and Chicago, and then Morocco!
(Old news to many, I know, but I didn’t get around to uploading the pictures yet!)
A few weeks ago there was a big outdoor scene at the green screen sound stages of the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac. Helicopters were seen overhead, and generally there was a lot of noise and smoke and maybe fire. Extras were dressed as police and first responders. I saw these vehicles (below) and was a little confused. It takes me a while to catch on. Clearly these are DC vehicles, so the scene that was filmed was not set in either Metropolis or Gotham as previous scenes had been.
Fast forward a week or three and several yellow DC cabs are seen on the filming lot at the Wayne County Courthouse in downtown Detroit. Along with a DC Metrobus. Aha! During the Huge Detroit Flood of 2014, a few scenes were also filmed at the Detroit Library and Wayne State University, and it’s suspected that part of these scenes were made to look like the offices of the FBI in Washington DC. So there you go.
This was all explained more clearly by Chris Begley at Batman News!
Finally we see some shots of Henry Cavill as Superman (almost) on the set of Batman V Superman while filming at the Wayne County Building in Detroit yesterday. It was a good day for one intrepid set photographer, and the shots were shared with the world via Just Jared.
Filming at the Wayne County Building is expected to continue most of this week. Unfortunately they’re filming inside the dramatic building, so there isn’t too much chance of spotting the action, but at some point the actors do have to leave the building. Today we got our first real glimpses of Holly Hunter, Tao Okamoto, and another look at Scoot McNairy. Earlier in the day there were rumors of a stand-in wandering the set wearing some kind of cape. The Big Question of course is was it the Bat or the other guy?
Had a glitchy thing happen to my computer the day I took these pics last week on the Corktown set. What with the Biblical floods in Detroit today, it’s been kinda quiet, so maybe these will fill the gap a little. These are all set-up shots and runs with Ben’s infamous stunt double. I can actually tell them apart from the back now. Ha.
No time to add narrative to these pictures from yesterday. Another full day on the set of Batman V Superman in downtown Detroit! Cars crashing, people running, people looking into the sky (aha!). Ben Affleck and his stunt double were on set. Zack Snyder was of course directing the action. Stuff was on fire. All good fun. Today (Saturday) is supposed to be more of the same. Weather looks good so it’s likely they will be finished today in the D. The good news is that there are rumors of more downtown D filming later in the Fall.
It’s not news that the Batman V Superman production has moved to the streets of Detroit this week. I’ve uploaded some pictures to Twitter. Here and more, higher-res versions. Lots of cool stuff going on today and tomorrow (Saturday August 9). Not sure how much I’ll be able to capture, but watch Twitter for updates from myself and many others! Fun times in the D! No ‘celebrities’ in these shots exceot Zack Snyder, and of course Ben Affleck’s stunt Double, now known as #thatsnotBenAffleck, which in no way means he isn’t a worthwhile actor and human being in his own right! He may be more famous than Ben by the end of filming! Anyone know his name so we can credit him?
For the many many people asking how to find filming locations, searching for a few good key words on twitter is usually the best way! Also check out the ever-awesome Onlocationvacations.com (@olv). Also if you SEE any filming locations (cameras, trucks, Ben Affleck!), don’t forget to tweet and tell @olv so the word can get out quickly.