Batman v Superman movie to start shooting in Michigan early next year

'Man Of Steel' sequel starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck is due out in July 2015

The eagerly-anticipated sequel to Man Of Steel which is expected to pit Batman against Superman will be shot in Michigan early next year (2014).

Detroit will double as the fictional cities of Gotham and Metropolis and additional filming will take place across the state, which is America’s 11th largest in terms of land mass and 9th biggest in population. The Michigan Film Office said in a statement yesterday (August 29) that it expects the superhero sequel to spend around $131 million (£85 million) in the state and generate over 400 full-time jobs during the shoot, which is scheduled to last three months.

“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” director Zack Snyder added.

Snyder revealed at San Diego Comic-Con last month (July) that Batman will join Henry Cavill‘s Superman in his forthcoming sequel – and dropped a heavy hint that the two won’t see eye to eye. Ben Affleck has since signed up to play the caped crusader, though some fans have objected to his casting and a petition to have him removed has now amassed over 85,00 signatures.

Alongside Cavill, Amy Adams is now confirmed to be returning as Lois Lane and fellow Man Of Steel cast members Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne have also inked deals to reprise their roles. Warner Bros has set a release date of July 17, 2015.