LANSING (WWJ) - Another blockbuster movie has been approved to film in Michigan.
The Michigan Film Office announced Thursday that the next DC Entertainment Super Hero movie from Warner Bros. Pictures has been approved for a film incentive from the state.
The film, from director Zack Snyder, brings together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time — Superman and Batman — for the first time on the big screen.
Production on the film is expected to begin in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan sometime in the first quarter of 2014.
Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who is writing the screenplay. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing the film, which will star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” Snyder said in a statement. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”
Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office, said the project will further strengthen the reputation of Michigan and metro Detroit as a premier film destination.
The as-yet-untitled feature film was awarded an incentive of $35 million on $131 million of projected in-state expenditures. The production is expected to hire 406 Michigan workers, with a full time equivalent of 426 jobs, plus an additional 6,000 man/days of extra work.
The production anticipates using approximately 500 local Michigan vendors during the course of production and spending $5.1 million on local hotels, as well as an additional $3.5 million in out-of-town cast and crew per diem payments that will be spent in the local economy but which fall outside of the incentive program.