DEMING, N.M. (KRQE) – The superheroes have come to New Mexico. There’s a sprawling set down south for the anticipated blockbuster “Batman vs. Superman” and the cast and crew are already taking advantage of local businesses.
You can almost picture it – Superman flying up and over the extraterrestrial terrain of southwestern New Mexico. As it turns out, he’s in town.
Sky News 13 flew over the set for “Batman vs. Superman” that’s popped up right here in the Land of Enchantment. On location are cameras, trailers and the movie-making works.
“All of a sudden, it’s like everybody says the circus is here now,” Van Jacobsen said.
Van Jacobsen owns the Adobe Deli just a few miles outside of Deming.
“You know the different crews that came in, the art designers and producers,” Jacobsen said.
He’s been here a long time, 40 plus years, and he’s got a lot of stuff to prove it. However, this is the first time Superman has dropped by to have a Ribeye.
“It’s quite amazing, just a bunch of great people,” he said.
The fantasy world out in the Bootheel is having a very real impact on the economy. Jacobsen says his business isn’t the only one booming and that with a movie this size, with hundreds of people involved, the effects are being felt all over town. He says motels are seeing more traffic and other small shops, too.
Over at Si Señor’s Restaurant downtown, the servers made the front page of the local paper and have quite a story to tell.
“You can’t explain it, you just get too excited to see him and everything,” Karia Borunda said, adding she was star struck.
Henry Cavil, the actor filling the Man of Steel’s bright red shoes posed with servers last week.
“He was very kind, very polite friendly and everything,” Borunda said.
As the blockbuster wraps up shooting here in New Mexico, Jacobsen hopes the bright lights of Hollywood keep coming back. And, of course, he wouldn’t have a problem hosting more “A-listers.”
“We enjoy Deming quite well out and here and the different people through the years that come through is quite amazing,” Jacobsen said.
“Batman vs. Superman is set to hit theaters in March of 2016. It also stars Ben Affleck but word is, he isn’t filming in New Mexico.