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Superman crew shoots scene  at Aurora IHOP

Updated: November 5, 2011 5:22PM

AURORA — The Superman cast stopped in at an Aurora IHOP this week — not for breakfast, but to film a fight scene.

A newly erected sign, which the superhero will supposedly fly through, was shipped into town and set up just outside the popular pancake restaurant on Orchard Road. If the sign wasn’t enough to draw attention to the Aurora IHOP, then the more than 200 cast and crew members who descended on the restaurant were sure to.

“There were a lot of people out there,” said one employee. “It was impossible to drive by and not notice (the action).”

According to employees, the restaurant was closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for filming. A fight scene was filmed in the pancake house, they said.

Several IHOP employees got to participate in the action, playing small roles for the upcoming “Man of Steel” blockbuster.

Filming is also expected to take place on Route 56 in Sugar Grove, as well as in Plano, which will be the fictional hometown of Clark Kent.

On the Superman fan site,, photographs show the construction of a small farmhouse being built in rural Plano for the movie.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that Route 56 will be closed for four days, Aug. 7 to 10, for the shooting.

Last week, the staff working on “Man of Steel” set up offices and trailers on Aurora’s far East Side. A publicist at the site said a former executive office building will be used as the home base to coordinate shooting for the latest version of Superman. Supplies and personnel will be coordinated through the Aurora location for shoots around the Chicago area, including in Plano.

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