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2014-01-12 / Front Page

Batman-Superman movie to feature scene to be filmed near Metamora

Gerlach’s site of ‘Chubbies’ filming too
BY KRYSTAL JOHNS 810-452-2601 • kjohns@mihomepaper.com

METAMORA TWP. — Word has it that two movies will be filmed, at least partially, in Lapeer County in the coming weeks.

Metamora Township officials have confirmed that crews from Warner Bros. Pictures are currently working at a location on the former Camp Metamora property off Caley Road in preparation for filming of the newest Batman film, though they’ve been asked not to share much information about it.

“This is a major Hollywood thing. From what I understand, they’re already out there doing stuff,” said township fire chief Dave Eady. “They were being pretty secretive and not telling anybody anything.”

The property, according to Eady, is owned by the Girl

Scouts and is vacant. The former camp buildings have all been torn down but, he said, film crews are actually constructing a house on the property near Otsikita

Lake.

“There’s a beautiful lake back there,” Eady said. “They’re building a home for one scene.

All they’re doing is one scene there, then they’re going to tear everything down like they were never here.”

Eady said the location is equipped with very tight security. He thinks they will be filming sometime in February.

The movie will feature Superman and Batman in the same film for the first time, with Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman. Amy Adams will star as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent in the film, which will be shot mainly in Detroit through the summer. Wonder Woman will also reportedly appear in the film, which is, at least for now, known as Batman Vs. Superman.

Reports online indicate the film has a budget of $131 million in this state and is the largest production ever to be filmed in Michigan. The state is expecting the shoot to bring in approximately $5 million in revenue. It is expected to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

Warner Bros. did not return calls for comment by press time Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile on the much smaller scale, an independent film called Chubbies will be shot at Gerlach’s Bowling Center in Lapeer on Jan. 19, 21, 26 and 28 by Silver Bullet Pictures, an independent film studio in Royal Oak, established by Mike Hartman in 2003.

“They’re filming a ‘Halloween science fiction horror comedy’ as they put it,” said owner Dan Gerlach. “We’re going to put our Halloween decorations up.”

Gerlach said he always thought it would be neat to have a movie filmed at the bowling alley. One of his employees has ties to the indie film company, and it just sort of happened.

“I held out for the big bucks,” Gerlach said, chuckling. “I want a movie poster, credit in the movie that it was filmed here, and a couple copies.”

Gerlach said filming will take place at night, and the bowling alley will be open as usual during the day.

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