Why does Chicago lend itself so perfectly to films of destruction? I thought about this while watching my former office and the surrounding buildings get destroyed in Man of Steel, the latest interpretation of the Superman story.
Parts of the city filled in for Metropolis.
Filming for the epic took place two summers ago and my former coworkers and I spent countless lunch breaks trying to catch glimpses of the film’s stars (to little success).
The filming process reminded me of the summer of Transformers 3. One time my parents and I drove home from a lunch near my sister’s apartment only to find large swaths of Wacker Drive covered in broken “boulders.” My mother screamed. “What is happening?” she asked. “They’re filming that new Transformers movie,” I replied with a questioning tone. “Oh. Yeah,” she said.
There are cheaper cities and shooting locations, but inherent in the local courtship of Hollywood filmmakers is the notion that Chicago is a destructible city. This is not just about the city as a source of destruction and despair.