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Just over a couple of weeks to go now until the scheduled filming, and work on the Corktown, Detroit set of Batman V Superman is progressing. As I reported last week, the large ‘crosses’ are in fact being made to look like structural pieces of the black office building across the street. At first I thought they might be there to enhance the facade of the building, but now it looks more like they are destined to be pieces of the building that have crashed to the ground after some kind of superhero-induced disaster. Similarly the large pieces of styrofoam are in the process of being painted gray to look like large pieces of concrete, torn up pavement, and other disaster-debris. The wood structures that look kind of like construction-roofing seem to be the framework for the concrete slabs, so the scene will look like there’s been pretty major upheaval. Looks like the streets of Gotham (or Metropolis?) are in for some trouble.

The ever-awesome OnLocationVacations also announced more upcoming filming locations on the streets of the D in early August. Things are about to get exciting for Batman V Superman movie-stalkers (at last). With this big Corktown set, and the reported high-speed vehicle chases that will be filmed in the city, it’s hard to imagine that Batman and Superman won’t be out in the open for all to see (at last!).

Some other interesting rumors have suggested that secrecy on the set is a really Big Deal. We’ve seen a little of that this week with repercussions on Twitter. Apparently several crew have been fired for taking cellphone pictures of the set and the stars. And there is so much concern about information leaking out that both of the main characters have been instructed to wear robes on set. An unnamed source has suggested that this is an unpopular dictate, and Henry breaks the rule and walks his dog in full costume. Now that is a picture I would like to snap!

Any ideas welcome!

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I haven’t forgotten the mysterious ‘Milo and Sage’ “soap commercial” set that is still being built in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Guess what I did on my day off? The strange crosses are getting a coat of black, major woodworking continues, and evidence suggests that filming is still a week or 3 away. Apart from the obvious frames of steps in front of the large black building (Wayne Industries?), it’s still not obvious what else is going on here.  But my best guess is some kind of devastation. It’s a Superhero movie, so there must be buildings collapsing and streets torn up. Awesome. The big question is how much longer do we have to wait to see the finished product, and of course to see Superman and/or Batman setting foot on the streets of Detroit?

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Looks like whatever happened at LexCorp a couple of weeks ago wasn’t good for business. The Guard box has gone. The front door is boarded up. All is quiet on the parking lot and the weeds are growing on the sidewalk.

Meanwhile the main green-screen lot across the street at the Michigan Motion Picture Studios  is also deserted. No trucks, equipment or crews in evidence today. Where are they all? Could be inside the studio, Or hiding at a secret location! We know they’re still setting up at the site of the Kent farmhouse in Illinois, but filming isn’t happening there yet. Rumors are flying from the possible site of Wayne Manor in Metamora, but no actual filming there yet has been confirmed. Anyone know here they are?

Wayne Enterprises, Detroit

Posted: July 7, 2014 in Batman-Superman
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That Corktown set? Big black building… check! Wayne Enterprises. The strange cross-like pieces could be to make the building look fancier? I’m guessing that in a week or so it should start taking shape. You heard it here first.

 

 

More of the Corktown Set

Posted: July 5, 2014 in Batman-Superman
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It’s going to be  a pretty large set, and it’s obvious there’s some work to do yet. The steps in front of the Gotham-like building are pretty self-explanatory… but those large ‘crosses’.. not so much. It’s going to be interesting to watch this set come together.

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So, I’ve got nothing. You?

Those strange half houses

Posted: June 28, 2014 in Batman-Superman
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Those strange half houses

I was looking at these funny half-houses again today. They really are just the tops of houses, it isn’t a weird perspective! Last week we saw a Superman ‘S’ symbol painted on the roof of one (that was covered today I think). Obviously these houses only make sense for some kind of aerial scene.. maybe with the LexCorp chopper? Maybe someone is trapped inside and needs to attract Superman’s help, so they paint the ‘S’ on the roof so he can find them.

You’re welcome.

A Very Bad Day at LexCorp?

Posted: June 27, 2014 in Batman-Superman
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A Very Bad Day at LexCorp?

Setting up a the LexCorp building for what is most likely the Police/Fire/SWAT extravaganza that was promised for today. Obviously the building is surrounded by emergency vehicles. The main building still seems intact, but the sentry box has taken a beating! It’s pretty clear that filming later today will most likely be at LexCorp and not loose on the streets of Pontiac.

Security (as ever) is tight. But Batfans, NO ONE ever has the right to take your camera or your memory cards, or even to ask you to delete any pictures you have taken. If you are on public property (that’s key), like a street, or sidewalk, you have every right to be there and to take pictures. Movie security guards have a tough job, but they have almost no actual power. If they touch you, harass you or threaten you in any way, be polite, but don’t let them intimidate you. Usually the best thing to do is to comply and move away, but if they get out of hand, don’t hesitate to tell them that you know your rights. I always carry a copy of “The Photographer’s Rights.” It explains your legal rights and gives advice on how to handle potential confrontation.

I get that studios want to keep some things under wraps, I really do. But there is a balance. And there is public opinion. The movie tax breaks given in Michigan encourages the movies to come here, and it does come out of our state budget, and thus our pockets. I wholeheartedly approve of this investment (obviously), but it doesn’t cost much for the studios to create a little good will, or at least not to foster bad will! Take George Clooney.. incredibly classy guy who was more than happy to play for the crowds when filming in Michigan. And Michael Bay, building the Transformers set in full view of the city of Detroit, allowing people to watch (from a safe distance), handing out stickers to kids, and even setting an afternoon when people could come and see the vehicles. Maybe take a tip, Mr Zack Snyder?