by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The portion of Route 56 that stretches from Galena Boulevard to Route 47 will be closed from Friday afternoon, Aug. 7, to Monday, Aug. 10, and it won’t be because of road construction.
The culprit? Superman … well, sort of.
The website On Location Vacations confirmed recently that the four-day road closure, which begins at 3 p.m. Friday, is tied to the filming of “Man of Steel,” a reboot of the Superman film franchise.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, westbound traffic on Route 56 will detour to westbound Galena all the way to westbound Route 56/Route 30 by way of Route 47. Eastbound traffic on Route 56 will detour to northbound Route 47 all the way to eastbound Route 56 by way of Galena Boulevard.
Village President Sean Michels said he didn’t anticipate any movie-set crowds to be a problem for the village.
“I’ve been told that (filming) will be over more toward the Galena (Boulevard) side of things-the bridge over there-so most of the crowds will be outside of our area,” he said. “We’re cooperating and trying to get up electronic signs to notify people, as best we can, that (this road closing) is coming. Hopefully people will find an alternate route, because it’s going to be pretty crazy.”
According to IDOT, the closed stretch of Route 56 will reopen sometime before 8 p.m. Monday.
Sugar Grove will not be the only local town to get some screen time in “Man of Steel,” either, as On Location Vacations also announced that the Kent family farm set is in Plano. Ill.
“Man of Steel,” which will star Henry Cavill as Superman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane, is currently slated to be released in June 2013. Last month, Russell Crowe was cast to play Superman’s father, Jor-El, in the film, though it’s unclear whether or not Crowe will be in the film longer than Marlon Brando’s 5 minutes and 40 seconds of screen time as Jor-El in 1978’s “Superman.”