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'Superman' Filming Flies Downtown

Film will feature Chicago Board of Trade and Willis Tower



    'Superman' Filming Flies Downtown

    Chicagoans will recognize some familiar sights in the new Superman movie, "Man of Steel."

    Film crews begin filming downtown Wednesday, highlighting the Chicago Board of Trade and Willis Tower, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

    The Board of Trade's exterior will be used as the exterior of the Daily Planet, the office where Clark Kent works, while the interior of Willis Tower will serve as the interior of the newspaper.

    Filming takes place until Sept. 17 or 18. Parking won't be allowed on South Wells until 10 p.m. Sunday, according to signs noted by the Chicago Tribune.

    The crew just wrapped up a month of shooting in the far western suburb of Plano, which is being used as the rural community of Smallville, where Superman grew up. After Chicago, filming will head to Vancouver.

    Actor Henry Cavill plays Superman/Clark Kent. Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane also star in the movie, expected to hit theaters in summer 2013.

    "Superman" isn't the first big blockbuster to hail from Chicago. "Batman Begins," "The Matrix" and "Public Enemies" all list the Windy City in their cast.

    Last year, "Transformers 3" shut down LaSalle from Kinzie to Wacker Drive for filming, which boasted explosions, fake wreckage and actor cameos.