Batman V Superman May Lose Money From Detroit


This weekend we reported about the incentives that the Michigan Film Office offered to Warner Bros. to bring filming to Detroit. The state allocated about $35 million to the production in exchange for the $135 million that the movie would spend there. Now, according to the Detroit Free Press, that may change.

"While Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill fight fictional crime in Detroit, lawmakers in Lansing are waging their yearly fight over the state’s budget, which could cut the $50 million incentives program by half next year. When Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, the program’s key backer, leaves the Senate at year’s end due to term limits, film workers will be left in even greater suspense over the future of Michigan’s movie business.“People will see how important it is,” Richardville, R-Monroe, said. “It’s really the hardworking blue-collar people in Michigan. You’ve got a whole lot of people that are dependent on this industry in Michigan. It would be a shame to not continue to be competitive.”In his 2015 budget proposal, Gov. Rick Snyder allocated $25 million for film incentives — a fraction of the $52.1 billion he planned in spending overall. The House also proposed $25 million in its budget draft, but Richardville led the Senate to seek $60 million. The proposed $10 million increase from this year should fund television shows that are less fleeting than movie productions, Richardville said."

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This may not be a good sign moving forward for this film or subsequent films that want to shoot in the state. WB may feel like moving on to other cities if Michigan turns out to be unreliable. We’ll have to see how it plays out.