15 movies filmed in and around Detroit — and their locations

Lights. Camera. Detroit? Once upon a time, Michigan had a magic golden ticket of sorts by way of a tax incentive that made it cheap and easy for filmmakers like Michael Bay, Ryan Gosling, and Drew Barrymore to utilize all the beauty, blight, and splendor Michigan has to offer. Though the film incentive was stripped from us by Gov. Rick “Flint Water Crisis” Snyder in 2015, the films created before and during that time will last forever (which, in the case of some of the films on this list, is an unfortunate fact). While some movies are set in and around Detroit, not all of those films actually set foot in the Detroit area (we're looking at you, Grosse Pointe Blank). Meanwhile, some films that are set in places like Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, or fictional battlegrounds like Metropolis transformed our familiar landscape with some major movie magic, making it all the more special when we catch a glimpse of a Detroit building, landmark, or notable vacant lot on the silver screen. Though we're still only slightly offended that no one asked moi for a closeup (Gos, what gives?), we're just happy Detroit has been given many memorable moments to shine. Detroit: You're a star, baby.

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-481-1300; detroitpubliclibrary.org
If you're like us, then you, too, likely choked on your energy drink when you read that Ben Affleck, as in the guy from Argo, would be the next Batman in the D.C.-U (that's D.C. Universe). To be clear, we didn't choke out of excitement but disbelief because why would anyone think that Ben Affleck should be Batman, one of the most beloved comic book heroes ever. (Though we don't really understand that either because his main ''skill'' is not athletics or magic. The guy is just rich.) Anyway, Affleck's Batman didn't get his stand-alone movie (shocker) like other D.C. heroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, but he did get this sloppy battle of brawn from the guy that brought us 2021's four-hour train wreck Zack Snyder's Justice League — oh, and it was shot right here in metro Detroit. That's right. Even after Michigan dissolved its film incentive in 2015, Snyder and co. brought this big-budget nightmare to many notable Detroit locations, including the Detroit Public Library, which was transformed into a black-tie gala where Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) share knowledge and sultry glances. 
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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-481-1300; detroitpubliclibrary.org

If you're like us, then you, too, likely choked on your energy drink when you read that Ben Affleck, as in the guy from Argo, would be the next Batman in the D.C.-U (that's D.C. Universe). To be clear, we didn't choke out of excitement but disbelief because why would anyone think that Ben Affleck should be Batman, one of the most beloved comic book heroes ever. (Though we don't really understand that either because his main ''skill'' is not athletics or magic. The guy is just rich.) Anyway, Affleck's Batman didn't get his stand-alone movie (shocker) like other D.C. heroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, but he did get this sloppy battle of brawn from the guy that brought us 2021's four-hour train wreck Zack Snyder's Justice League — oh, and it was shot right here in metro Detroit. That's right. Even after Michigan dissolved its film incentive in 2015, Snyder and co. brought this big-budget nightmare to many notable Detroit locations, including the Detroit Public Library, which was transformed into a black-tie gala where Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) share knowledge and sultry glances.

Photo via YouTube.com
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-481-1300; detroitpubliclibrary.org
If you're like us, then you, too, likely choked on your energy drink when you read that Ben Affleck, as in the guy from Argo, would be the next Batman in the D.C.-U (that's D.C. Universe). To be clear, we didn't choke out of excitement but disbelief because why would anyone think that Ben Affleck should be Batman, one of the most beloved comic book heroes ever. (Though we don't really understand that either because his main ''skill'' is not athletics or magic. The guy is just rich.) Anyway, Affleck's Batman didn't get his stand-alone movie (shocker) like other D.C. heroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, but he did get this sloppy battle of brawn from the guy that brought us 2021's four-hour train wreck Zack Snyder's Justice League — oh, and it was shot right here in metro Detroit. That's right. Even after Michigan dissolved its film incentive in 2015, Snyder and co. brought this big-budget nightmare to many notable Detroit locations, including the Detroit Public Library, which was transformed into a black-tie gala where Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) share knowledge and sultry glances. 
Photo via YouTube.com

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-481-1300; detroitpubliclibrary.org

If you're like us, then you, too, likely choked on your energy drink when you read that Ben Affleck, as in the guy from Argo, would be the next Batman in the D.C.-U (that's D.C. Universe). To be clear, we didn't choke out of excitement but disbelief because why would anyone think that Ben Affleck should be Batman, one of the most beloved comic book heroes ever. (Though we don't really understand that either because his main ''skill'' is not athletics or magic. The guy is just rich.) Anyway, Affleck's Batman didn't get his stand-alone movie (shocker) like other D.C. heroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, but he did get this sloppy battle of brawn from the guy that brought us 2021's four-hour train wreck Zack Snyder's Justice League — oh, and it was shot right here in metro Detroit. That's right. Even after Michigan dissolved its film incentive in 2015, Snyder and co. brought this big-budget nightmare to many notable Detroit locations, including the Detroit Public Library, which was transformed into a black-tie gala where Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) share knowledge and sultry glances.

Photo via YouTube.com
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Michigan Central Station
2001 15th St., Detroit
In making a dismal and overdramatic three hours of CGI dribble, one would be remiss to not take advantage of one of Detroit's most exploited landmarks for a major battle between two comic book legends. Of course, we're talking about Michigan Central Station in Corktown. At the time of filming, the massive beast of a structure was very abandoned (Ford Motor Company didn't scoop up the iconic property until 2018) and caught the eye of many a filmmaker (you'll see). The battle between Batman (who is basically in some souped-up clubwear) and Superman took place atop and inside of Michigan Central Station. 
Photo via Google Maps

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Michigan Central Station
2001 15th St., Detroit

In making a dismal and overdramatic three hours of CGI dribble, one would be remiss to not take advantage of one of Detroit's most exploited landmarks for a major battle between two comic book legends. Of course, we're talking about Michigan Central Station in Corktown. At the time of filming, the massive beast of a structure was very abandoned (Ford Motor Company didn't scoop up the iconic property until 2018) and caught the eye of many a filmmaker (you'll see). The battle between Batman (who is basically in some souped-up clubwear) and Superman took place atop and inside of Michigan Central Station.

Photo via Google Maps
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Michigan Central Station
2001 15th St., Detroit
In making a dismal and overdramatic three hours of CGI dribble, one would be remiss to not take advantage of one of Detroit's most exploited landmarks for a major battle between two comic book legends. Of course, we're talking about Michigan Central Station in Corktown. At the time of filming, the massive beast of a structure was very abandoned (Ford Motor Company didn't scoop up the iconic property until 2018) and caught the eye of many a filmmaker (you'll see). The battle between Batman (who is basically in some souped-up clubwear) and Superman took place atop and inside of Michigan Central Station. 
Photo via Google Maps

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Michigan Central Station
2001 15th St., Detroit

In making a dismal and overdramatic three hours of CGI dribble, one would be remiss to not take advantage of one of Detroit's most exploited landmarks for a major battle between two comic book legends. Of course, we're talking about Michigan Central Station in Corktown. At the time of filming, the massive beast of a structure was very abandoned (Ford Motor Company didn't scoop up the iconic property until 2018) and caught the eye of many a filmmaker (you'll see). The battle between Batman (who is basically in some souped-up clubwear) and Superman took place atop and inside of Michigan Central Station.

Photo via Google Maps
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Wayne County Building 
600 Randolph St., Detroit
Even superheroes need to go to court every now and then (but not nearly as much as they should considering how much power they wield and how unaccountable they often are), which is no different for Superman, who must attend a Senate hearing to discuss the whole colossal battle against Zod incident that devastated the city of Metropolis in 2013's Man of Steel and has made the country, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne, pretty pissed off. Well, this scene did not take place on the floor of any Senate building but Wayne County Building, a historic landmark that was once home to the Wayne County administrative offices and courts. 
Photo via YouTube

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Wayne County Building
600 Randolph St., Detroit

Even superheroes need to go to court every now and then (but not nearly as much as they should considering how much power they wield and how unaccountable they often are), which is no different for Superman, who must attend a Senate hearing to discuss the whole colossal battle against Zod incident that devastated the city of Metropolis in 2013's Man of Steel and has made the country, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne, pretty pissed off. Well, this scene did not take place on the floor of any Senate building but Wayne County Building, a historic landmark that was once home to the Wayne County administrative offices and courts.

Photo via YouTube
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Wayne County Building 
600 Randolph St., Detroit
Even superheroes need to go to court every now and then (but not nearly as much as they should considering how much power they wield and how unaccountable they often are), which is no different for Superman, who must attend a Senate hearing to discuss the whole colossal battle against Zod incident that devastated the city of Metropolis in 2013's Man of Steel and has made the country, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne, pretty pissed off. Well, this scene did not take place on the floor of any Senate building but Wayne County Building, a historic landmark that was once home to the Wayne County administrative offices and courts. 
Photo via Google Maps

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Wayne County Building
600 Randolph St., Detroit

Even superheroes need to go to court every now and then (but not nearly as much as they should considering how much power they wield and how unaccountable they often are), which is no different for Superman, who must attend a Senate hearing to discuss the whole colossal battle against Zod incident that devastated the city of Metropolis in 2013's Man of Steel and has made the country, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne, pretty pissed off. Well, this scene did not take place on the floor of any Senate building but Wayne County Building, a historic landmark that was once home to the Wayne County administrative offices and courts.

Photo via Google Maps
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Hygrade Deli
3640 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-894-6620
Thank god for Diane Lane — in general and when discussing this franchise, because while we would rather watch Unfaithful, Ms. Lane makes a great Martha Kent aka Superman's super mom, and is just another example of a great actor getting wrapped up in a crappy franchise. Anyway, in Smallville, where Martha raised her little alien baby, she also works as a waitress at Ralli's Diner. In Detroit, however, Ralli's is actually the beloved sandwich shop Hygrade Deli. 
Photo via YouTube

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Hygrade Deli
3640 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-894-6620

Thank god for Diane Lane — in general and when discussing this franchise, because while we would rather watch Unfaithful, Ms. Lane makes a great Martha Kent aka Superman's super mom, and is just another example of a great actor getting wrapped up in a crappy franchise. Anyway, in Smallville, where Martha raised her little alien baby, she also works as a waitress at Ralli's Diner. In Detroit, however, Ralli's is actually the beloved sandwich shop Hygrade Deli.

Photo via YouTube
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Hygrade Deli
3640 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-894-6620
Thank god for Diane Lane — in general and when discussing this franchise, because while we would rather watch Unfaithful, Ms. Lane makes a great Martha Kent aka Superman's super mom, and is just another example of a great actor getting wrapped up in a crappy franchise. Anyway, in Smallville, where Martha raised her little alien baby, she also works as a waitress at Ralli's Diner. In Detroit, however, Ralli's is actually the beloved sandwich shop Hygrade Deli. 
Photo via Hygrade Deli/Facebook

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Hygrade Deli
3640 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-894-6620

Thank god for Diane Lane — in general and when discussing this franchise, because while we would rather watch Unfaithful, Ms. Lane makes a great Martha Kent aka Superman's super mom, and is just another example of a great actor getting wrapped up in a crappy franchise. Anyway, in Smallville, where Martha raised her little alien baby, she also works as a waitress at Ralli's Diner. In Detroit, however, Ralli's is actually the beloved sandwich shop Hygrade Deli.

Photo via Hygrade Deli/Facebook
Transformers (2007) 
Michigan Central Station
2001 15th St.,  Detroit
Perhaps one of the most notable film series to call Detroit home is that of the Transformers franchise. Yes, the Michael Bay-directed CGI blockbuster films inspired by a series of toys launched in 1984 transformed —  and destroyed — our beloved Motor City not once, not twice, but, like, five times, so much so that one of the franchise stars, Mr. Mark Wahlberg (he has worked in Detroit before, but more on that later) opened a few Wahlburgers locations throughout the metro Detroit area. Anway, Transformers' films have a place in our hearts because it brought some big-screen action to Detroit many times, and are among the many film shoots that have put a spotlight on the once abandoned, now Ford-owned Michigan Central Station. OK — so because of movie magic, the actual rooftop is a location in L.A., but the establishing exteriors and empty interior was all Detroit, baby. 
Photo via YouTube

Transformers (2007)

Michigan Central Station
2001 15th St., Detroit

Perhaps one of the most notable film series to call Detroit home is that of the Transformers franchise. Yes, the Michael Bay-directed CGI blockbuster films inspired by a series of toys launched in 1984 transformed — and destroyed — our beloved Motor City not once, not twice, but, like, five times, so much so that one of the franchise stars, Mr. Mark Wahlberg (he has worked in Detroit before, but more on that later) opened a few Wahlburgers locations throughout the metro Detroit area. Anway, Transformers' films have a place in our hearts because it brought some big-screen action to Detroit many times, and are among the many film shoots that have put a spotlight on the once abandoned, now Ford-owned Michigan Central Station. OK — so because of movie magic, the actual rooftop is a location in L.A., but the establishing exteriors and empty interior was all Detroit, baby.

Photo via YouTube
Transformers (2007) 
Michigan Central Station
2001 15th St.,  Detroit
Perhaps one of the most notable film series to call Detroit home is that of the Transformers franchise. Yes, the Michael Bay-directed CGI blockbuster films inspired by a series of toys launched in 1984 transformed —  and destroyed — our beloved Motor City not once, not twice, but, like, five times, so much so that one of the franchise stars, Mr. Mark Wahlberg (he has worked in Detroit before, but more on that later) opened a few Wahlburgers locations throughout the metro Detroit area. Anway, Transformers' films have a place in our hearts because it brought some big-screen action to Detroit many times, and are among the many film shoots that have put a spotlight on the once abandoned, now Ford-owned Michigan Central Station. OK — so because of movie magic, the actual rooftop is a location in L.A., but the establishing exteriors and empty interior was all Detroit, baby. 
Photo via Michigan Central Station/Facebook

Transformers (2007)

Michigan Central Station
2001 15th St., Detroit

Perhaps one of the most notable film series to call Detroit home is that of the Transformers franchise. Yes, the Michael Bay-directed CGI blockbuster films inspired by a series of toys launched in 1984 transformed — and destroyed — our beloved Motor City not once, not twice, but, like, five times, so much so that one of the franchise stars, Mr. Mark Wahlberg (he has worked in Detroit before, but more on that later) opened a few Wahlburgers locations throughout the metro Detroit area. Anway, Transformers' films have a place in our hearts because it brought some big-screen action to Detroit many times, and are among the many film shoots that have put a spotlight on the once abandoned, now Ford-owned Michigan Central Station. OK — so because of movie magic, the actual rooftop is a location in L.A., but the establishing exteriors and empty interior was all Detroit, baby.

Photo via Michigan Central Station/Facebook