Detroit – WHAT?! Detroit – WHAT?!
That’s right, darlings. Detroit’s about to get a WELL deserved and MUCH needed financial boost, thanks to the Man Of Steel and The Dark Knight.
THR reports that on Thursday, The Michigan Film Office announced that the upcoming Superman-Batman film (title still unknown) was given a pretty nifty tax incentive of “$35 million on $131 million on projected in-state expenditures” with filming scheduled to take place (primarily) in Detroit and surrounding areas in the state.
With an expected 406 Michigan workers (a full-time equivalent of 426 jobs), an additional 6,000 “man-days” of extra work, the use of 500 local vendors AND an estimated $5.1 million on hotels, returning Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder and co. are giving the state a much needed boost and can’t hate on that.
Snyder himself says, “Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie; Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”
Speaking of Snyder, MOS came under fire due to the massive body count (including “innocents” aka “civilians”) and overall destruction during the 20-minute plus battle between Team Superman and Team Zod during the film’s finale; now that the movie is opening in Japan, he justifies his choices during an interview with The Japan Times:
“I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling. In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence. In America, we don’t have that legacy of ancient mythology. Superman is probably the closest we get. It’s a way of recounting the myth.”
Snyder goes even deeper by saying the story of Superman is much more complex than we think because, “In many ways, Clark Kent’s dilemma is the American dilemma. Wherever we’re from, we all have this very strong desire for acceptance. When he’s young, most of Clark Kent’s efforts are directed toward being like everyone else. So the fact that he’s not like everyone and never will be is very difficult for him to accept. If he steps in to save everyone, he’ll never be accepted as a normal guy.”
Well, I may not have liked Man Of Steel that much but as I DID love Henry Cavill as Superman and I’m kind of excited to see what Affleck brings to the Clark Kent/Batman table, I’m all about this sequel.
Here’s the deal, Snyder; you’re making a movie with two of my favorite DC superheroes and a somewhat quick turnaround release date, I’m gonna be watching closely…and unlike most fangirls, if the film fails, I’m gonna square the blame solely on YOU. So please don’t f$*% it up.
The untitled Superman-Batman film will hit theaters July 17, 2015.
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