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Last night I was lucky enough to stumble across the first known location shoot for the new Arrowverse spin off series Superman And Lois that will air in early 2021. Credit to twitter user @Rokivan1 for posting the info & giving me the heads up there was filming there.
Funny enough, just hours earlier in that day, I had told many in a chat, as well as 1 person on twitter that there will be few chances to see this show on location because of the massive compound they are building more than an hour outside of Vancouver, to be their Smallville town set. So when I saw this post, I didnt hesitate to go check it out.
As it turned out, they were at my least favorite regular location that is within 1/2 hour walking distance from my place. A place known to most in Vancouver as Molson Brewery, which is no longer a brewery.... now its just a large empty building. This place is very popular with film crews, and very unpopular with people who like to see whats going on. Its massive, probably equal to 2 or 3 city blocks, has lots of nooks that are out of view of anything, and even if you CAN see anything from the bridge that runs by it (as I did last night) you are still more than 2 football field away from the closest point, on this particular night I was closer to 3 football fields away to get the right angle, as the closest spot was imeded by trees, and part of the main building on the grounds.
There was not a lot to see. When I first got there, they had a massive flood light pointed up towards where the old Molson logo used to be on the highest structure on the grounds. But I couldnt see any sign of any filming up there.
During the night, I noticed a ladder set up beside a fan blowing smoke. USUALLY this would be a sign of maybe a stunt that might take place near there, most commonly for someone (like Superman) "landing" from a higher place, as they jump off the ladder. I got quite fixated on paying attention to that area, and didnt really investigate much more..... not that I was seeing any signs of more to investigate. Nothing came of that location. I dont know why the ladder ever ended up just being right where it was, but it was never put to use in the time I was there.
Later on, I noticed enough crew members, and equipment in an area that I felt something must be setting up there. Sure enough, I saw ANOTHER ladder, set up in such a way that it was likely to be used for a stunt jump. There was much more activity going on around the new ladders area, so I focused on there. Again, fixating mostly on the ladder, but paying attention to the surround area a bit... and eventually I saw my 1st look at Tyler Hoechlin out, just standing near the set getting alterations done to his hair, or make up, or wardrobe (not sure which they were working on there). But the bonus was, after a few minutes, he took off his jacket, and showed that he was in the new Superman outfit (minus the cape at this time), and gave me my first look at him in the new get up. After like 3 minutes like that, he put his jacket back on and left for about 45 minutes.
During his departure, they set up the scene more, having a stand in for Superman lay on the ground (for the longest time I assumed it was for a different character, because I was STILL convinced they were going to use the damn ladder for the scene). JUST before they were ready to shoot the actual scene, they turned on these two massive yellow lights, that made the entire area look like the inside of a glass of lemonade. EVERYTHING had a yellow glow to it. In some of my photos below, I tried to take out some of the yellowness to make the photos look a bit more normal. But I also left a few with it in so you could see exactly what I was seeing. Eventually the stand in left, and Tyler arrived at set with the cape attached this time.
In the scene, Superman starts off laying on the ground. He slowly gets up. Looks off in the direction past the camera, and does his patented jumping fly away move. .... and that was it. Thats all they filmed there. Never used the ladder. No reason explaining why he was suddenly on the ground. They then packed up from that spot, and moved elsewhere on the grounds that I could not see, and I wasnt going to wait it out & see if they happened to come back out for a different spot that I could see. The chances seemed slim. So I called it a night.
As I was leaving, I noticed ONE cast trailer out, partially obscured by the very bridge I was on, so I had to go and find an angle to peer over it to see what it said. It said "Sarah Cushing" on the door. According to google, this is a new character on the show that will befriend one of Supermans sons?. I did not see any female character in the scenes I saw, and frankly, I dont even know if the trailer was in use. Often trailers hold 2 different compartments on it, and for all I know, the compartment I couldnt see the name of was for Tyler, and THAT was the 1 in use. I dont know either way. Just 1 extra small tidbit I thought I'd add in.
So yeah, first S&L set down for me. HOPEFULLY I am wrong about this being a rare occurrence, as I have just taken 1 of my old blog sections & repurposed it to be for this show (this used to be a blog section for the 2010 Olympics... my site has run out of "new" blog options. So I had to take all the content from there, move it into a different part of my site, and re-purpose this into my Superman & Lois blog section.)
One final thing I will clear up. I have seen some report that these were taken from this distance because of Covid. No. The filming was inside a closed off compound with no public access. Shows have filmed there for many years, not just now. Theres only about 3 vantage points of the entire compound, and none of them are from inside there. For this particular set, I had to stand on a bridge that runs past it. No other street access spots would have given enough of a view to see it (unless you were like 15 feet tall).
UPDATE: December 10, 2020 - I have included the video from that night at the bottom. It also includes some of the photos from this set. The actual video portion is about 90 seconds. The rest is re-visiting these photos below.
Superman & Lois season 1 will air Tuesday nights on The CW in the U.S. starting February 23, 2021.
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About The Show
Superman & Lois is a superhero TV program on The CW network.
This is my on & off set reports on the show featuring Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent (aka - Superman) and Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane.