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Summer of Superman: Superhero Marketing Ploys

The Man of Steel has popped up in window displays, cookies and a real estate advertisement in the weeks leading up to filming in Plano.

Superman is watching over the veteran’s memorial park along Route 34 in Plano.

He’s about three feet tall and plastic, but he’s perched in front of Roots Hair Studio and Barber Shop, on the southeast corner of Route 34 and Center Street. Given the recent heat, that may be less comfortable than his last home in the toy box of Roots’ owner Marcus Thomas’ grandchildren.

“When I found him, he was in excellent condition,” Thomas said. “I had to put him out.”

But the toy superhero has attracted a fair share of gawkers and photographers since construction crews descended on Plano, Thomas said.

The plastic figurine isn’t the only Superman image to surface in town in the weeks before filming for Man of Steel begins there. There will be a single day of filming in Plano on Wednesday, followed by more film work there from Aug. 22 to 29, Crain's Chicago Business reported Thursday.

The larger-than-life superhero was painted in the front window of the True Value hardware store, 217 E. South St. Across the street, the bakery inside the BP gas station has featured cookies with the Superman emblem for a few weeks.

“The guys working on the crew think its funny,” BP manager Rebecca Larrabee said.

Larrabee said she plans to place plastic Superman novelty rings in the center hole of sprinkle donuts and continue serving the frosted cookies. She said she has some Superman cake decoration designs, but she’s not planning anything else “unless someone gives me more ideas.”

Superhero-powered marketing has spilled into the housing market, too.

Real estate agent Edward Kirch brags that a single-family home is just blocks away from the set in the first line of his online advertisement. He’s hosting a “SUPERMAN open house” for the three-bedroom single-family home from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Those who come wearing a Superman shirt or costume will be entered to win $150 off closing fees, according to a blog entry.

Other reports on movie filming:

• In LaSalle County, the Warner Brothers production company had permission to close the Route 52 bridge over the Fox River near Serena from Wednesday through Friday, Ottawa-based The Times reported.

• The Beacon-News reported that crews filmed a fight scene at an Aurora IHOP from Tuesday through Thursday. The Aurora-based newspaper also reported that Route 56 in Sugar Grove will be closed Aug. 7 to 10 for filming.

• Superman fan site Supermanhomepage.com posted photographs July 9 reportedly showing construction of the Kent family farmhouse in or near Plano.

Kim McGuire July 31, 2011 at 09:16 PM
I'm thinking Superman popcorn is in order...I'll see what I can come up with and send photos.
oswegoannie July 31, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Someone told me today that the old World Furniture store on Rt 34 near Plano is going to be blown up as part of the filming for the Superman movie. True? COOL!
Jillian Duchnowski July 31, 2011 at 11:37 PM
I don't know. Has anyone heard exactly when/where they are filming Wednesday?
Robert J. Gryder August 01, 2011 at 04:33 AM
They've been shooting at Centennial Elementary on Plano's south side for the last week or so - and I've been told that the second week of August is when they're supposed to be downtown. I'm pretty sure my contacts in Plano would have mentioned if they were going to blow up World Furniture. I can't be 100%, though.
Jillian Duchnowski August 01, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Fun! We obviously only featured a few things in the column. If anyone else knows of other businesses/organizations offering promotions connected with the movie filming, don't hesitate to mention it in the comments section or e-mail me at jillian.duchnowski@patch.com
amelia August 01, 2011 at 02:17 PM
ECLECTIQUE - just off downtown Plano is featuring several fun vintage & handcrafted SUPERMAN items. We are located @ 300 East Main St - Plano & would be interested in any more artists or licensed bakers/foodies to bring in their superman wares. Because we are only 1 blk east of where they will be blocking the streets off for the filming towards the end of the month (& closing the stores), we should have all sorts of people in the area & in the store. If you are someone that would be interested in setting up a food booth or flea market type booth during the few days that they are filming downtown, we have space outside of our building for a nominal fee. You can call the store @ 630.273.2076 if you are interested in any of these ideas.
Adam Michels August 05, 2011 at 12:32 AM
From what I've gathered from a local business' future closing for filming, the tornado scene downtown will happen in the final weekend of August.
Shelly Slader February 04, 2014 at 10:53 AM
I think this is a great idea. Who doesn't love a superhero watching over them? It attracts all types of traffic. Shelly Slader | http://www.getgreencorp.com

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