An abandoned house in Detroit may be standing in as one of the most famous homes in comic-book history.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been filming around the Motor City for quite a while now, and intrepid citizens reported to Batman News and Comic Book Movie over the weekend that on Friday night the production was encamped around a long-abandoned mansion known as the Ransom Gillis House.
Equipment, vehicles, scores of crew members and director Zack Snyder were all spotted -- along with trailers marked for "Lois," "Alfred" and "Chuck," whoever that is -- as they set up and filmed a sequence in which a Gotham City Police Department car speeds down the street and pulls to a screeching halt in front of the building. But what is this edifice, which has clearly seen better days, supposed to be?
The rumor is that it's Wayne Manor, or at least a portion of it. The house, while fairly large, is nonetheless much smaller than the family home of the Waynes that we've seen in other screen incarnations of Batman. It is also, despite some relatively recent restoration work on the roof, badly in need of a major overhaul. Is this just being used for the front entrance of the Wayne house, with a much larger complex to be added later via CGI? And is the house's disrepair intentional, perhaps indicating that stately Wayne Manor has fallen into neglect?
For now, we have no idea. Batman News hints that in the story, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) lives on the property but not in the house itself, which could explain why it seems so forlorn. But beyond that, we don't have much else to go on (read more about the Ransom Gillis House -- which is located on, strangely enough, Alfred Street -- here).
Check out the photos and video and let us know what you think. Is this the new Wayne Manor?