Superman to Film at Hall ofJustice?

Almost every four years the Georgian calendar, receives its necessary realignment in the form of a leap year. To achieve this, an extra day is supplementary added to the month of February.

As it turns out, February 29 is both the birthday of Clark Kent and—this year—the birth of sorts of the forthcoming Superman movie.

Leap day was concretely ordained as Clark Kent’s birthday in a 1976 edition of DC Comics’ “Super Calendar.” The calendar listed a number of historic occasions and established birthdays for numerous characters. The date was later popularized in the story “For the Man Who has Everything,” which appeared in the 1985 “Superman Annual no. 11.”

As announced by James Gunn, this Leap Day was also the start of principal photography of his in-production Superman film.

In a post celebrating the first day of filming, Gunn also shared an image of the Superman logo from the film, which was previously called Superman: Legacy. The snow-dusting on the logo suggests a scene set in The Fortress of Solitude, Superman’s arctic fortress.

As it turns out, filming has commenced in Norway, and the DC Studios co-head is teasing the first scene. The director opened up to a Norwegian outlet about the first scene he filmed and why he chose Svalbard as the filming location.

“We have filmed the first scenes [in Svalbard], which show Superman fleeing to the Fortress of Solitude,” Gunn told Svalbardposten. “We wanted a place that was beautiful and felt like being in the middle of the Arctic.”

According to an Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit application filed under the project’s code name, “Genesis,” the production will move to Ohio beginning April 1, where cameras will roll in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

While the application does not specify where exactly filming will take place, the iconic character is connected to both Cincinnati and Cleveland. Writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster created Superman while attending Cleveland’s Glenville High School in 1933, according to Case Western Reserve University’s Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.

And Union Terminal in Cincinnati was the inspiration for iconic building in Superman lore.

Yes, this location inspired the look of the Justice League’s headquarters, the Hall of Justice, as featured in the 1970s animated “Super Friends” series.

Artist Al Gmuer drew the Hall of Justice and based his creation off of the facade of Union Terminal. Today the building is home to the Cincinnati Museum.

Gunn has assured in the past that Superman is not an origin story and will pick up Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas. The character is described as the embodiment of truth, justice, and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned.

Superman stars David Corenswet as the Man of Steel, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor and many others.

Currently, Superman will premiere in theaters on July 11, 2025.

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