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<i>Superman</i> To Film In Chicago Area

Following in the footsteps of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Zack Snyder's Superman reboot will be shot, at least in part, in the Chicago area.

Crain's Chicago Business reports the $175-million project, code-named "Autumn Frost," will be filmed over two or three months beginning in August. Production will apparently be centered in the semi-rural suburb of Plano, a city of about 5,600 that could easily double as Smallville.

Crain's contends outdoor scenes will be filmed in the area, with interiors shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, something seemingly supported in comments made by Snyder in this morning's Toronto Sun. He confirmed to the newspaper that Superman will shoot in Vancouver -- he filmed Watchmen and Sucker Punch there -- and possibly Alberta, the location for Clark Kent's hometown in the 1978 movie.

The new Superman, long thought to be called Man of Steel, so far stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent. It's written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan. Charles Rovan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder also are producing. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are executive producers. Filming is expected to begin in August for a December 2012 release.

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