Part of new Superman film to be shot in Kendall County
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org December 6, 2013 3:10PM
Henry Cavill will return as Superman in a new film to be partially shot in Kendall County. | Courtesy of Warner Bros. release.
Updated: December 9, 2013 1:44PM
YORKVILLE – The worst kept secret in Hollywood is the worst kept secret in Kendall County, too.
Shooting on part of the Superman movie sequel to last summer’s “Man of Steel” will take place in early 2014 on a farm near here.
Workers have been furiously putting up a farmhouse on Route 126 just east of Yorkville and just west of Grove Road, on an old farm site that includes several other buildings.
It’s the same place workers built a house looking very much the same in 2011 to shoot part of “Man of Steel.” The house is for the boyhood home of the Kent family, including Clark Kent, who is, of course, Superman.
As of Friday, the roof was on the house and security had moved in at the site.
Of course, none of this is official, because movie-makers try their best to sneak into town when possible to get their shooting done with the least bit of hassle.
Some of the same location people for “Man of Steel” have notified Kendall County they will be filming in late February at the site on Route 126, and at the NaAuSay Cemetery around the corner on Grove Road.
They are using a working title for the movie right now, but fan sites and movie people have speculated that the title is a front for the new Superman movie.
This sequel will again feature Henry Cavill as Superman, with Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
Although “Man of Steel” made $662 million worldwide after its release last summer, it took a bath among the critics. Some movie observers have speculated that they jumped ahead in the thread to create the “Superman vs. Batman” movie for that reason.
A good part of “Man of Steel” was shot at various Kendall County locations, most notably in downtown Plano, where the entire downtown received a makeover as Superman’s boyhood home, Smallville, only to be make-believe blown up for the movie.
Both Plano Mayor Bob Hausler and Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski have said no movie company has contacted their cities, or taken out permits, to shoot within their city limits this time around.
Plano hosts a Smallville-themed festival each year, and opened a Superman museum downtown as an homage to the filming that took place there in 2011.