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Fox Valley in spotlight in ‘Man of Steel’

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Russell Crowe, left, who stars as Superman's biological father, Jor-El, in the new movie "Man of Steel," poses with Batavia Library Director George Scheetz in this 2011 photo. "Man of Steel" was partially filmed in Sugar Grove, and Crowe had stopped in the library's cafe for a bite to eat after bicycling on the Fox River Trail.
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Russell Crowe, left, who stars as Superman's biological father, Jor-El, in the new movie "Man of Steel," poses with Batavia Library Director George Scheetz in this 2011 photo. "Man of Steel" was partially filmed in Sugar Grove, and Crowe had stopped in the library's cafe for a bite to eat after bicycling on the Fox River Trail.

BATAVIA – State Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville, recognized many locations around the Fox Valley as she watched the new “Man of Steel” movie.

“I watched the movie twice in a row because I loved it so much,” Hatcher said.

The movie, which was released last week, partially was filmed in Sugar Grove and Plano in 2011. In the movie, Plano was transformed into the fictional town of Smallville, where Clark Kent is raised.

“You can recognize some roadways in Sugar Grove, and there’s a farmstead that’s in the Fox Valley,” Hatcher said. “I could recognize a lot of Plano.”

Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels said he hasn’t seen the movie yet. But he is looking forward to seeing Sugar Grove on the big screen.

“I heard that part of Settlers Ridge subdivision can be seen in the backdrop of the tornado scene,” Michels said.

Actor Russell Crowe, who plays Superman’s biological father, Jor-El, in the movie, made an unexpected stop at the Batavia Library’s cafe during the filming of the movie. Batavia Library Director George Scheetz, who grew up reading DC Comics, including “Superman,” got to chat with Crowe.

“I welcomed him to Batavia, and made some remarks about growing up with DC Comics and being a Superman fan,” Scheetz said.

He thoroughly enjoyed “Man of Steel.”

“I liked what they did,” Scheetz said. “Some things were very much different from the comics, but it stayed true to the spirit of the comics. The movie paid homage to Christopher Reeve’s ‘Superman’ as well.”

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