Is there a specific reason why Superman Returns was shot in Sydney, Australia? You can tell because some locations are obviously Sydney, Australia.

  • Tax cuts and incentives, probably. Not an answer, just a reasonable guess. – Meat Trademark Oct 25 '18 at 11:24

You could pose this question for many tentpole releases, and with regards to my own country (UK), the late 70's saw the beginning of a trend which saw many large studios invest in the UK due to the large stages, spaces, local production talent and financial incentives that the London studio lots offered over Hollywood and L.A., attracting many large scale fantasy projects from Star Wars and the Salkind Superman releases right through Alien, Aliens and the Indiana Jones saga to Batman in 1989.

According to Wikipedia, the films producers were already looking at Australia as Warner Bros. considered shooting Superman Returns at Warner Roadshow Studios in the Gold Coast, Queensland. After filming, this could have been used as an attraction for the adjoining Warner Bros. Movie World theme park, but the idea was scrapped for being too expensive.

When this initial plan went through, the Fox facility in Sydney (which was still virtually brand new at this stage and most likely was actively attempting to attract big projects) seems as good as anywhere else, especially if Warner Bros. had already started to invest in the country and its production talent.

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    The UK is still basking in that paradigm shift to this day. All the Star Wars, the Disney live-action & lots more, still being made here. – Tetsujin Oct 25 '18 at 11:05
  • Too right, and while I may never live to visit the legendary lots in Hollywood's studio zone I feel mitigated by having such easy geographical access to Pinewood, Shepperton and Elstree - as a child of the 80's (I was born in 1979) they have as much if not more reverential value with regards to the films I grew up with and still pursue. – Stephen Francis Oct 25 '18 at 11:20
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    Oddly, I've never been to Shepperton, but spent half of last summer at Pinewood, Dumbo & this year on 'Headliner' [name not released yet] & I'll be visiting those hallowed grounds at Elstree tomorrow.. Eastenders - though not exactly Hollywood ;-))) – Tetsujin Oct 25 '18 at 11:27
  • Cool as Tetsujin! - shame there's nowhere you could share photos – Stephen Francis Oct 25 '18 at 11:29
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    yeah - they're not keen on it at all. I've got some from Jack Ryan 2, but I can't have them until after broadcast ;-)) oh... Headliner is now 'known' - The One and Only Ivan Interestingly, the weeks at Pinewood aren't listed in 'locations' yet. – Tetsujin Oct 25 '18 at 11:31

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