Batman-Superman movie expected to film in Illinois in the fall (updated)

Chicago Tribune celebrity columnist Luis Gomez talks about TV and film projects coming to Chicago in the next few months.

The “Man of Steel” sequel known to fans as Batman vs. Superman is tentatively scheduled to film just outside of Yorkville on Route 126 in the fall, according to Illinois Film Office director Betsy Steinberg. The untitled movie stars Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman.

Filming was originally supposed to take place in the Yorkville area – the sight of Clark Kent’s Smallville farm house in 2013’s “Man of Steel” -- in February. But when the sequel's release date was delayed 10 months to give “filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story,” the farm house scene was delayed as well, multiple times.

The farm house that was built for the first movie was torn down after filming in 2011. It was reconstructed on the same plot of land late last year for the sequel.

In addition to the Yorkville area, the original film shot in the suburbs of Plano and Sugar Grove and downtown Chicago. It appears the sequel is only interested in the Yorkville area this time and will shoot the majority of the film in Michigan. Of course, plans could always change.

“The script isn’t entirely finished,” Jeremy Irons, who will play Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth, told Absolute Radio this month.

The sequel will also star Jesse Eisenberg as Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor and Gal Gadot as Wonderwoman. Amy Adams will reprise her role as Lois Lane and Diane Lane will reprise her role as Martha Kent. The film is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.

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