It’s a bird… it’s a plane… no, it’s another blockbuster movie production swooping into Toronto! Early reports say that DC’s sequel to this summer’s Man of Steel movie (filmed in Vancouver in 2012) will begin shooting in Toronto early in 2014.
At the recent Comic-Con festival, director Zach Snyder made the big announcement that the follow-up to his Superman movie would feature both the Man of Steel and his fellow DC comics character, the Dark Knight. “I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created,” said Snyder in a press release that followed his Comic-Con presentation, “and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off,” added the director, “since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.”
The latest news is that the untitled Batman-Superman project will tread in the footsteps of movies like Bryan Singer’s X-Men, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and the new RoboCop reboot, and head to Toronto once filming begins. It was assumed that the production would once again be shot on the West coast of Canada where Man of Steel was filmed, but new reports say that Legendary Pictures has picked Toronto over Vancouver due to Ontario’s competitive film tax incentive program.
British Columbia enjoyed an estimated $100 million boost to their economy when the big budget Man of Steel production rolled into town and Toronto can likely expect the same.
The 2015 release will see Henry Cavill returning to play Superman, but the role of Batman has yet to be filled—Dark Knight trilogy star Christian Bale has said he’s done with the superhero so the search for a new Caped Crusader is on.