“Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” despite a terrible set of reviews, has done extremely well in the box office thus far. Locally, people have questioned if the movie was “Detroit” enough, but if you are familiar with Detroit you probably noticed that great deal of movie was filmed in and around the city. This list from travel pulse highlights some of the local spots that were showcased in the film. One of our favorite places to eat in the city, The Hygrade Deli underwent quite a transition to become the diner where Martha Kent works.
Not included in Christine Bord’s list is the Train Station, which takes center stage during the movie’s climatic battle sequences. Also, the Farwell Building, located on Washington Blvd., in Capitol Park, was used for a portion of Batman and Superman battling it out. The Farwell is home to some of Detroit’s most interesting architecture, which is on display in the film, some may recognize it’s iconic centralized flooring structure, especially when the two superheroes take a dive down all the floors. During a chase scene, in which Batman is trying to steal the necessary goods in which to fight Superman, you may be able to recognize some of the warehouses as well. With the removal of the tax incentives here in Michigan, the fate of Gotham City is unclear, hopefully, Detroit will continue to serve as Batman’s home, as Warner Brother’s roles out the next installments.
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The Hygrade DeliDetroit’s Hygrade Deli plays Ralli’s Diner, where Martha Kent, played by Diane Lane, is working as a waitress. “All of a sudden, here comes Hollywood to the Hygrade Deli,” owner Stuart Litt said of the diner’s unexpected star turn. The movie’s crews spent just one day staging the restaurant and one day filming at the location. Located at 3640 Michigan Ave., the deli is open daily. Headed there for lunch? Make sure you try Hygrade’s famous Reuben.
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
One of the most striking locations in the movie is the Broad Art Museum at MSU in East Lansing. Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, the building’s modern design made it the perfect venue for Lex Luthor’s fundraiser, the one where Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent, played by Henry Cavill, first meet. The museum is also open for free public tours every Saturday and Sunday.
The Masonic Temple
The Masonic Temple is one of Detroit’s most popular filming locations so it was no surprise when it showed up in “BVS.” Fans will recognize it in the movie as the mixed martial arts fight club where Bruce Wayne hangs out. The music venue/wedding facility/movie studio was saved by rocker Jack White back in 2013 when he paid the owners’ $140,000 tax bill. White’s mother worked as an usher at The Masonic when he was a kid and, later, he played on that very stage many times.
Find out who else is playing at one of The Masonic’s three theaters this month, or take a virtual tour of the space at themasonic.com.
Russell Industrial Center
Like many manufacturing buildings that were long ago shuttered, the Russell Industrial Center has been reopened, and repurposed, so artists and performers can use the space to pursue their passions. The exterior of the building was also given a second life when it landed a starring role in “BVS,” as the backdrop for one of Superman and Batman’s many showdowns.
It’s also where Batman utters one of the movie’s most memorable lines, “Tell me, do you bleed? … You will.” The Russell Industrial Center is open to the public several times a year for special events. Find a list of upcoming soirees at russellindustrialcenter.com.
In August 2014, many of the streets in Detroit’s Financial District were shut down so the area could be transformed into Metropolis. But, the Financial District isn’t just a favorite destination for filmmakers; architectural buffs love it, too. Curbed put together an easy walking tour of the region’s architecture a few years ago that still holds up today.