(WXIA) - The bankrupt city of Detroit will do double-duty as Metropolis and Gotham City in the upcoming 'Man of Steel' sequel, thanks to a $35 million tax credit Warner Brothers has received from the state of Michigan.
The Michigan Film Office says the film will help enhance the reputation of Detroit and the stat e of Michigan as a "premier film destination."
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"This project will further strengthen the reputation of Michigan and metro Detroit as a premier film destination," said Michigan Film Office director Margaret O'Reilly in a release Thursday. "We look forward to the spotlight shining on our incredibly talented workforce and the businesses that support our film industry here in Michigan."
The still-untitled film will feature the first time that comic book icons Superman and Batman have teamed on the big screen.
"Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie," said director Zack Snyder. "Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film."
The film was awarded an incentive of $35 million on $131 million of projected in-state expenditures. Filmmakers expect to hire about 400 workers from Michigan, plus use another 500 local vendors over the course of production.
The city of Detroit became the largest American municipality to file for federal bankruptcy protection in mid-July.
The movie is slated to begin production in February 2014, with an expected release date of June, 2015.