Posts Tagged ‘Batman V Superman’

Finally in the trailer we see the protests against Superman that we suspected were part of the plot of Batman V Superman. The Tims (Reinman @treinman and Malin @D3T0N8R) had taken some shots of this being filmed in Gabriel Richard Park on E. Jefferson in downtown Detroit near the bridge to Belle Isle. In the movie, Superman is added to the scene and the rather unimposing government building at the edge of the park became the steps of the Capitol. You can see some of the same signs as in the trailer, and if you look carefully the set pics show a burning effigy/costume of Superman at the protestors’ feet. 

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Battle at LexCorp

Posted: July 17, 2015 in Batman V Superman
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How excited were we when someone first spotted what looked like the LexCorp logo appear on the old GM building on Centerpoint Parkway, right opposite the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac? Pretty excited. We know they filmed inside the building for several days, with rumors of a ‘Google-like’ atmosphere, basketball courts and a Lex Luthor who definitely had hair. Following the day shoots, at least one night shoot took place with a lot of sirens, shooting and fire. We’ve now seen a glimpse of this in the trailer.


And I captured the aftermath of the destruction the following day.


That School Bus?

Posted: July 15, 2015 in Batman V Superman
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I did upload some pictures to my twitter account that never made it to my blog. Here are two, taken at the lot in Pontiac last Summer. A school bus and an old pink minivan. I’m guessing the minivan is circa 1980s? The bus looks to have seen better days. It has a lot of damage and vegetation inside it. Obviously this brings back memories of a certain bus crash. Could it have been submerged all those years? Flashback?

I took these pictures about the same time as we were fixated on the scenes being filmed at the Ransom Gillis House in downtown Detroit. On at least one of those days there were two production units operating: one downtown and the other at Belle Isle. My regret is that I stayed watching the house and didn’t find out what was happening at Belle Isle. I suspect this van was part of that scene.

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We suspected that we might see some flashbacks to the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, but the movie seems to set aside quite a lot of time to the event. Scenes of the actual murder were filmed in Chicago, but the funeral at least was filmed in Orion Oaks County Park, north of the Pontiac Studios in Michigan. This park was also the site of the ruined Wayne Manor, but that will have to wait for another post. Orion Oaks is a beautiful park, not crowded, but people are there walking their dogs and biking the trails all the time. Somehow the production managed to build 2 pretty substantial structures in the park that didn’t come to light until just before they actually filmed the scenes, a few days apart.

The mausoleum was relatively easy to find thanks to a helpful production sign with an arrow, but honestly the structure was so detailed and blended in so well, that unless you stopped to wonder why such a thing was in the middle of a public park, most people would just assume it had been there for decades! Plenty of people were able to walk right by it and take photographs, especially once filming had finished, and I wandered by there a few times to get some good shots. Security presence was fortunately pretty low key due to the remoteness of the location, but on the actual filming days every path was blocked. My pictures were released exclusively on Here are a few more. I wish I could have got closer to the gravestones, but the right angle was hard to get under the eye of security. Other people did better and those close-up pics are out there.

The same day that filming was taking place in the park we also saw old cars, including a hearse in the lot, and extras dressed in 1980’s mourning wear. Trailers revealed that Alfred might be on set, and it wasn’t too hard to deduce that the scene filmed in the park was the Wayne’s funeral.

This post wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out to two of my partners-in-crime. @RyanAMetzger was the first to see those tell-take CCP signs and give us a heads up on filming in the park. Then he and his courageous kids explored the park with me way too late one night, risking life and limb from bow hunters! Guess we should have checked about the hunting thing before we went skulking through the long grass! And of course the amazing and brave @eviejeevie who ventured off the beaten path to find out what was going on. I wish I’d saved the texts she sent me that day, but perhaps its her story to tell! Thanks for your help, guys! 

So much to say about the latest Batman V Superman trailer released at Comic Con this weekend… so many scenes from the movie revealed and so much awesomeness. It’s painful to think that the movie is still so many months away from theaters, but the excitement is definitely building. I’m guessing, however, that I viewed both of the trailers we’ve seen so far in a very different way to almost anyone else. I couldn’t look at a single scene without trying to work out where it was filmed, and whether I’d managed to catch a small glimpse of it happening.

The strange half houses were spotted on the Pontiac sound stages early on during filming, and someone even reported seeing the Superman symbol painted on the top of one of them. That was hastily covered up by a tarp, but ideas soon emerged as to what they were for and it looks as though one was right! A flood. People climbing onto their roofs to escape the rising waters and be rescued by Superman. We have no idea of course what caused the flood, who the people are, and whether they are rescued. (which is one reason why I honestly believe that most set photos aren’t really spoilers at all, but you’re allowed to disagree with my opinion.)

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My day job permitting, I’m going to look through the trailers many times to pick out the scenes that correspond to sets that we saw over the last 18 months, and post them here. I also have some previously unpublished pics that I’ll put into a post or two. And on a day when I can face it without getting too angry, I’ll post on the recent demise of the Michigan Movie incentives, and what that means for the future of the industry in Michigan (spoiler: it’s almost dead).



Seriously, is there anyone who doesn’t know that Batman V Superman is filming at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on Michigan State University’s campus this week? You must be living under a rock. Or you don’t have a Twitter account. Apparently dozens of people have seen Ben Affleck on campus already. Everyone can see the movie being filmed from their lecture room. And everyone else is an extra. Take all the above with a large grain of salt.

However, filming will happen. Extras have been chosen from among the thousands who applied. A local salon has been asked to do fancy things to people’s hair, and some extras have been asked to be waiters. So… we are predicting some kind of society party. We are hoping that Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Doomsday, Metallo and Everyone Who’s Anyone in the DC Universe will be there in full costume, outside for us all to see and take selfies with. Are you listening, @ZackSnyder? Pretty please? At least the Bat.. please show us the Bat!

Of course, back in the real world the roads will be closed, barriers will be set up, and we will likely see very little of filming which seems set to take place mostly inside the dramatic, space-age galleries of the Museum. The galleries are currently empty (signs say they are being changed.. uh-huh), and the stage is being set this week for filming to start on Thursday evening and run through Thursday night and Friday night. Signs are being taken off the walls and windows, the Starbucks coffee shop inside the museum has been stripped away, and everything is empty and waiting to be filled with fake exhibits and BATMAN! Is the building Lex Luthor’s home? It would look great with a White Rolls Royce Wraith parked outside. Just saying.

The buzz on campus is huge. It will definitely be a fun week to be in East Lansing. I have to believe that if it’s a high-society party, we at least have to see Bruce Wayne. Fingers crossed.


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?

Batman-Superman, Detroit. Coming Soon.

Watch this space.