The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing. / Robert Killips | Lansing State Journal file photo
EAST LANSING (Matthew Miller, Lansing State Journal) - Michigan State University's Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum may get a supporting role in the Batman and Superman movie scheduled to start filming in Michigan later this year.
Zack Snyder, the film's director of the DC comics superhero epic, paid a visit to the museum Wednesday morning.
"He was scouting the space," said Jake Pechtel, the museum's director of public relations. "From what we understand, he really likes it. But it's just location scouting at this point.
"MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis posted a photo of himself, Snyder and basketball coach Tom Izzo on Twitter Wednesday morning along with the line, "Great to have @zacksnyder on campus. Is it a clue? I don't know ..."
The film, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, has been approved for $35 million in Michigan film incentives and anticipates spending $131 million here. A title has not been picked for the film.
The Michigan film office did not immediately return calls seeking information on other Lansing area locations that Snyder may have visited.
Pechtel said other film crews have considered the Zaha Hadid-designed building, with its unusual angles and its glass-and-steel skin.
"We've had a lot of interest in stuff like this before, not necessarily at a Hollywood level, but commercial shoots and stuff like that. We're open to it," he said. "That's part of having a unique space."