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Director of upcoming 'Batman vs. Superman' movie visits Broad

January 29, 2014

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is known for its unusual architecture and unique artwork. These assets might be bringing Hollywood to MSU.

Director Zack Snyder visited the museum this past Wednesday, creating a swirl of speculation that the museum is a possible location for the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” movie.

Snyder visited the museum with head basketball coach Tom Izzo and MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis.

Jake Pechtel, director of public relations for the museum, confirmed that Snyder was here to visit the museum, but he said he cannot speculate if Snyder would use it for a location in the movie.

“I think this was just part of a visit,” Pechtel said. “It was a private walk through. Nobody spoke of the upcoming film, because movie studios keep that under wrap.”

Pechtel also said he thinks the rumor of Snyder looking at the museum as a possible location came from the blogs of the people who are fans of Batman and Superman.

“So much of speculation starts from the blogs,” Pechtel said. “We aren’t adding to that.”

Pechtel said there is a connection between Snyder and MSU because of the famous “Spartans, what is your profession?” chant that came from Snyder’s movie “300.”

“He is a friend to MSU,” Pechtel said.

According to IMDb, the movie “Batman vs. Superman” is projected to come out in 2016 starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman.

Snyder has directed movie hits such as “Man of Steel,” “Sucker Punch” and “300.”

Advertising junior Emily Santini, a member of the MSU Filmmakers Club, said having a film set on campus directed by Snyder would be very exciting and beneficial to MSU and East Lansing.

“To have someone that famous here with the kind of credentials he has would be super exciting,” Santini said. “Everyone wants to be a part of something like that.”

Santini also said that the museum would give Snyder the ability to get creative shots and utilize the space for effects.

“The design is very intricate so to be able to film there would offer different creative outlets and ideas,” Santini said.

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