The city of Detroit has endured ceaseless hardships — the loss of Axel Foley, the early retirement of Barry Sanders, a 16% unemployment rate, a monster feral hellcat, and bankruptcy — but now, now they will face their greatest challenge in the form of Superman.
Yes, the untitled Man of Steel sequel, aka the Batman/Superman project, will film in and around Detroit, Michigan according to the Michigan Film Office.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release:
“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” stated filmmaker Zack Snyder. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”
The as-yet-untitled feature film was awarded an incentive of $35 million on $131 million of projected in-state expenditures. The production is expected to hire 406 Michigan workers, with a full time equivalent of 426 jobs, plus an additional 6,000 man/days of extra work. The production anticipates using approximately 500 local Michigan vendors during the course of production and spending $5.1 million on local hotels, as well as an additional $3.5 million in out-of-town cast and crew per diem payments that will be spent in the local economy but which fall outside of the incentive program.
So basically, the Warner Bros. (Todd, Marty) are gonna spend a lot of money in Michigan to film this movie, bringing in jobs and some much needed economic stimulus to the area. Some will say that this is a good thing. They’ll say that even though this is a band-aid on a bullet wound (or multiple bullet wounds), that every little bit helps and that this is a step in the right direction.
To me, fellow Bastards and Bastardettes, this is shortsighted and also bullshit.
Ask the city of Metropolis if they feel economically stimulated with a crater in the middle of their city and laser burns all up and down the walls of their pretty museums. Oh yeah, you can’t, Superman killed 97% of them.
It is gross and irresponsible for the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit to invite malignancy into their lives. To be clear, I am not talking about Zack Snyder, but rather, Superman, who is an unhinged, malevolent monster who likes the sound that his boots make when he is walking on the bones of the innocent.
Yes, Batman will be on the set, but is he going to be enough to stop this alien threat? He’s just a guy in a costume, he isn’t a superhero. Personally, I think the city oughta bring in RoboCop, Jericho “Action” Jackson, Eminem, Detective’s Danny Basset and Jesse Williams, Dennis Rodman, the ghost of Alex Karras, and the old guy from Gran Torino to team up with Batman and keep the city safe.
If Michigan and Detroit do this and spend some of that Warner Bros. money on building this dope-assed group of tough motherfuckers a fly hangout, they MAY have a chance at stomping out this threat.
It seems that this time next year, it’ll be RoboCop‘s turn to be boil in the cauldron of fan expectations of Comic Con, as it will fall just weeks ahead of the movie’s planned release date.
In the meantime though, we now have an official plot synopsis for the new version of Detroit’s ultimate cyborg police officer and it seems to stick pretty close to the original; so no flames on RoboCop or Clarence Boddicker taking on the RoboCop mantle in the end, or anything like that.
Here’s the official plot description for the RoboCop reboot:
In “RoboCop,” the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.
Director Jose Padilha (“Elite Squad”) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”) as the title character, Gary Oldman (“The Dark Knight Rises”) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, and Samuel L. Jackson (“The Avengers”) as media mogul Pat Novak.
As of right now, you’ll be able to see RoboCop next summer on August 9, 2013.
What do you do when your city government wants to close off entire sections of the city because of dwindling population and limited civil services? Put together an ambitious project to turn a large area of that city into a Zombie Amusement Park. Much like the abandoned mall in England that a group of zombie fans have turned into a tourist attraction, Z World Detroit hopes to inject the city of Detroit with an influx of zombie tourism dollars.
“Z World Detroit will be a unique and spectacular zombie themed experience park that will transform a virtually neglected section of Detroit, Michigan. Participants will be chased by a growing zombie horde through abandoned factories, stores and homes across hundreds of derelict urban acres.”
The group has started and Indiegogo fund raising site in hopes to raise $145,000 to fund the development. This is a big project and there are a lot of Real Estate issues to be taken care of, questions to be answered and elaborated on by the developers, and safety issues to address, but don’t you want to give it a try?
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So you know the story of Detroit’s Robocop statue, right? OK, short version is Mayor Dave Bing (“if that in fact is your real name”) solicited ideas on the Internet for ways to help revive the city’s image. Fans suggested a Robocop statue in honor of 1987 film in which a half man/half machine was created in response to how horrid the city of Detroit was (Ironic, huh?) Mayor basically told folks to fuck-off with that silly suggestion. Well, you never tell a fan to fuck-off. The Imagination Station offered a place for the statue, and a Kickstarter campaign was created to collect donations to cast a big metal Robocop. It took all of a week (literally) to raise the $60,000+ needed to build it. It’s currently in the early production stages. Fans come together to build some statue? Ya this should make the starving homeless people very happy.
Now, RoboCop himself, actor Peter Weller, has recorded a message to the people of Detroit regarding the proposed statue.
I just don’t know what we would do without the internet….we most certainly wouldn’t have a statue of RoboCop coming our way, I’ll tell you what! Just a mere week ago the people of Detroit rallied against their Mayor who said no to their proposition to have a statue in honor of the fictional super cop made famous by Paul Verhoeven’s film. Mayor, Dave Bing, had solicited ideas on the Internet for ways to help the revive the city’s image. As stated above, he was not pleased with the suggestion of Detroit’s beloved robot officer. In the latest chapter of “The RoboCop Saga” it was announced that The Imagination Station offered a place for the statue, and a Kickstarter campaign was created to collect donations to cast a big metal Robocop. $50,000 was needed and in less than a week, $50,000 was raised. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!
Here’s the latest update on Kickstarter:
We’ve reached the $50,000 goal with the help of many many supporters and a very generous contribution from Pete Hottelet at www.omniconsumerproductscorporation.com, but you can still contribute, so please keep backing the project. All the reward levels still stand, and we’re currently discussing how to branch this project and fundraising into bigger and bigger things with a better and better impact on Detroit. Thank you, everybody! Wow.
Doesn’t that just bring a tear to your cold nerd heart? It just proves that nerds and the internet know how to get shit done.
It’s kinda funny how art imitates life. In the Robocop flicks, the creation of Robocop was a necessary response to how horrid the city of Detroit was. History apparently likes to repeat itself.
Man, talk about persistence…the people of Detroit were shot down by their Mayor who told them that a statue of the beloved hero Robocop would not be erected in their city. Mayor, Dave Bing, had solicited ideas on the Internet for ways to help the revive the city’s image. As stated above, he was not pleased with the suggestion of Detroit’s beloved robot officer. Well, in response to that the people of Detroit have said “fuck that” and rallied together to raise money for this very pressing matter.
They are attempting to spread the news virally through a facebook page, an official website and a KickStarter page which has at this time 5,399 of the 50,000 raised that’s needed for the project.
The hopes are to erect the statue at Imagination Station, an outdoor community media center and a rotating public art spacet on Roosevelt Park facing Michigan Central Station. The idea is that the statue would be created by a local metro Detroit artist.
Boy did that Mayor not know what he was getting into when he went into battle against an army of geeks with a love for the ass kicking and somehow still law biding cyborg cop. It will be interesting to see if there determination pays off cuz this would be really cool to see. So will you be donating to the Robocop fund??