Archive for February, 2016

Superman and the School Bus

Posted: February 29, 2016 in Batman V Superman, Uncategorized
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I’m still pretty sure we’ll be seeing some kind of¬†flashback to a young Clark Kent rescuing kids from the¬†school bus. Why? Only because I spied this rusty, vegetation-filled bus on the lot at the Pontiac Studios, along with a pink mini-van that looks circa 1990s?

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Clark Kent Investigates

Posted: February 25, 2016 in Batman V Superman, Uncategorized
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So nothing particularly earth-shattering here, but a scene that hasn’t appeared in any trailers yet. Maybe it takes up 30 seconds of the final movie or doesn’t make the cut at all, but here it is. I posted a couple of these shots was back when, but I took literally hundreds over the course of the evening while I was hiding out in my car at the end of the street in one of the not so great neighborhoods in Detroit in which to be hiding out in your car. Whatever, I was in luck as over the course of the evening I saw Henry Cavill as Clark Kent coming in and out of the building carrying his reporter’s bag and a newspaper. Clearly he’s out investigating crime, and the headline on the newspaper could possibly say …”Red Light Massacre…” or something like that. My guess at the time was that he was investigating one of Batman’s bad-guy clean-up efforts on the rough side of town, but that’s purely conjecture.

The only other obvious characters in the scene are a boy (around 10 or 11 and dressed in very Clark-Kent-like plaid) and the older, homeless-looking guy who could be blind, or maybe he just likes wearing cool sunglasses at night. We (thanks Mark Bialek) are pretty sure that the other actor may be¬†local musician/actor¬†Paul Miles, but we probably won’t find out for sure until we see the real cast list.

 

 

Batman v Superman Countdown

Posted: February 21, 2016 in Batman V Superman, Uncategorized
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Way back in June 2014, the release of Batman v Superman in March 2016¬†seemed a long way off. Since that time we’ve seen many other movies film and come to theaters, and often it seemed the wait was endless, but at long last we are almost there. Over the next few weeks until the release I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs of the sets and filming in Michigan. There are some that I haven’t released before, and some from scenes that haven’t appeared¬†yet in any of the trailers.

My very favorite set was of course the Superman statue that’s featured prominently in the trailers. There was speculation when we first saw it, in all its incomplete glory, and the full effect wasn’t visible until we saw the missing pieces added with CGI. The scale of it on set was awesome. Thank you, Wendy’s parking lot for the great views.

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We’ve now seen several scenes in the Batman v Superman trailers that are clearly from the party/event filmed in the Broad Museum at MSU in October 2014. One of my favorites is Lex Luther introducing Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. It was while watching the set from a window on a stairwell at MSU that we saw the party beginning. Of course as always (for the Michigan shoots at least — in Chicago they filmed everything for all to see), the set was pretty locked down, and most of us were disappointed at what we were able (or not able to see). Whatever, it’s the movie set vibe that really counts. Filming went through the cold, wet, October night, so although there were crowds early on, they had definitely thinned out by the time most of the action was recorded. What we did see were a lot of cars arriving, but no one exciting getting out of them!

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Still at the Broad Museum in East Lansing, the famous and infamous of Metropolis and Gotham arrive at Lex’s mansion for a party. See that board in front of the red carpet? Did you wonder what was on it? I posted this on my Twitter feed way back then, but it never got here to the blog where it belongs. Here are the organizations sponsoring Lex’s lavish party/benefit.

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Dodge supplied almost all the vehicles for the movie, so that’s no big surprise; Under Armor; LexCorp Industries and the Metropolis Public Library Renewal Project.

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In October, 2014 Batman v Superman filming moved to the college town of East Lansing, Michigan, home of Michigan State University. Rumors had circulated for weeks, then the casting calls for extras went out, and the town was on high alert for the movie production. Then came news that the main location for filming would be the extraordinary  Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on the edge of the MSU campus. Soon after that the familiar signs of lighting crews and set construction started to appear.

My original post from 2014 is here.

 

 

 

turkish2The¬†link between Turkish Airlines and Batman v Superman was announced in January, but wasn’t news to those of us who were paying attention during filming. ¬†There were rumors about Turkish airlines having some connection to the movie¬†toward the end of the filming in Detroit, when¬†people reported¬†scenes being filmed at Detroit Metro Airport. The scoop then was that it probably involved Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and now in the latest trailer we have the proof: Wonder Woman herself (as Diana Prince) boarding a Turkish Airlines airplane.

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However back in¬†July, 2015, almost a year after the Batman v Superman machine left Michigan, Twitter came alive with rumors that the production crew¬†were back in downtown Detroit filming again. Maybe some reshoots? Of course I headed down to see what was going on, to find a relatively small crew in place outside the Penobscot Building, downtown. Although there was some impressive equipment, and vehicles that were clearly from Batman v Superman, the set up seemed too small to be part of the movie itself. Local crew downplayed the movie connection a little at first, saying it was a shoot for a commercial. Also we knew that at the time the entire cast of the movie were at San Diego Comic Con and so unlikely to be involved. Further interrogation revealed that it was a commercial for… you guessed it, Turkish Airlines. Aha.

Closer examination of the crew also revealed the presence of none other than Larry Fong, Director of Photography for Batman v Superman. Unfortunately Larry is not my biggest fan. I think he may be the only person ever to block me on Twitter after I posted some pictures in the early days of filming in Detroit. Sorry, Larry! However, in addition to his phenomenal contribution to the big blockbuster movies (Watchmen, Man of Steel and many others), he’s also worked on some amazing commercials. The most notable in this context is the amazing Hardee’s commercial that released with Man of Steel (2013).

We’re therefore expecting great things from this Turkish Airlines-Batman v Superman tie-in. Of course I got some shots of the filming. Handsome guy leaves building, apparently holding onto something? Imaginary dog leash maybe? Waits for cab. Catches cab. Pretty sure we’ll soon find out. The commercial also filmed scenes in Chicago. We’re looking forward to the reveal which should be pretty soon.