Since the early days of The Amazing Spider-Man comics, the Daily Bugle has been an important part of Spider-Man’s mythology. The New York-based newspaper has featured in various Spidey stories, and most important of all, the paper and its publisher, J. Jonah Jameson, has provided freelance work to Peter Parker for years.
Due to the significance of the Bugle in Parker’s life, as well as the sheer amount of stories it has featured in, the newspaper is often included in various non-comic book stories, including some of the Spider-Man movies. The Daily Bugle featured in 2002’s Spider-Man, as well the sequels, Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Spider-Man 3 (2007), and became a very notable part of each film.
If you’re familiar with the trilogy of Spidey movies, then you’ll recall the inclusion of the Daily Bugle paper, as well as its offices, which were housed in a rather unusual looking building. But what building was used for the Daily Bugle offices in the Spider-Man movies, and was it a real building?
The Flatiron Building
The building used for the Daily Bugle offices in the Spider-Man movies is the Flatiron building. It is a real building, which is situated in the Flatiron District in the borough of Manhattan, New York City.
The Flatiron Building was constructed at the beginning of the 20th Century, and completed in 1902. Originally known as the Fuller Building, the structure was designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Dinkelberg.
Known for its distinctive triangular shape, which resembles a clothes iron (hence the name), the 22-story building stretches 285-foot in height (86.9m), and was constructed from a steel frame, with an exterior of terracotta tiling. Since its debut, the building has housed many tenants, including magazine publishers, and insurance salespeople.
The building remains one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and in 1966, it was designated a New York landmark. In its lifetime it has been photographed for various television shows and movies, including the aforementioned Spider-Man films from director Sam Raimi.
The difference between the real building and the one depicted in the movies, is the distinctive red ‘Daily Bugle’ logo which runs down the front of the façade. This logo is a little bit of movie magic, added for the film.
As for the scenes set within the building, i.e. all the newsroom action with J. Jonah Jameson, these scenes was not actually filmed in the Flatiron Building. The interior scenes were shot at the Pacific Electricity Building, in Los Angeles.
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