With Zack Snyder’s superhero epic Justice League opening to mixed reviews, its made just over $315m in just over a week. We thought we’d have a quick look behind the scenes at the films shoot at Warner’s Leavesden Studios just outside London where the Harry Potter films were also shot.
The film took up six stages at Leavesden and the huge set included the Batcave and the Kent farm, home to Superman’s adoptive human parents both of which had appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was shot at Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Detroit. Incredibly these were both recreated in the UK using exact scans of the US studio sets. A production tool dubbed the ‘EnviroCam’ also enabled the team to recreate seamless virtual locations for the UK shoot that had been filmed in America for the previous movie.
“It actually looked like we were in the same place where we shot the original,” says Henry Cavill, who plays Superman. “It was a fantastic experience. It really looked and felt like the Kent farm, only a lot colder since we were in England.”
Key scenes were also shot on location in a town called Djupavik in north-west Iceland five hours from Reykjavik which stood in for a remote fishing village where Bruce Wayne recruits Aquaman. With such a huge crew accommodation proved difficult so they set up a small community of camper vehicles for its 200-strong crew.
The shots in the scene required 40 cast, crew and filming equipment – including a camera crane – which had to be airlifted by helicopter to a location 1,000 feet above the village.
Game of Thrones often uses Iceland and the country offers expansive wilderness visuals within no more than a 24-hour travel time from Reykjavik and the government boosted the national filming incentive to 25% of eligible spending earlier this year. Unfortunately for Iceland the country Warners have moved locations again for their next movie, Aquaman, which having been shot by director James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Fast & Furious 7) has just wrapped shooting in Queensland, Australia.
Rumours that our Editor tried to get Wonder Woman to do her scenes in his house are strongly refuted…….mainly by the Editors wife.