Man of Steel sequel featuring Batman to film in Michigan
Windsor, Ont., had been courting the production through social media by touting provincial tax breaks
Warner Bros. upcoming Superman and Batman team-up movie is expected to film in Michigan after getting the OK for $35 million US in state incentives.
The Detroit Free Press reports the sequel to Man of Steel is expected to include $131 million US of in-state spending to begin shooting in the Detroit area in the first three months of 2014. Announcement of the approval was made this week by the Michigan Film Office.
Directed by Zach Snyder, the film is expected to feature Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman.
Snyder says in a statement that Detroit "will make the perfect backdrop for our movie."
The filming is expected to include more than 400 Michigan workers. Thousands of extras are expected to be needed for the movie.
On Sunday, Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation CEO Sandra Pupatello, who is a former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister, touted on Twitter that filming the movie in Windsor, Ont. – directly across from Detroit – would earn the crew a sizable tax credit for the production.
"Michigan landing the filming of Batman gives Windsor, Ontario the perfect opportunity to showcase filming in Ontario. We're right across the river with a 45 per cent tax credit," Pupatello told CBC News on Friday.
Ontario allows a 45 per cent tax break to production companies if they shoot in the province.