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Mailman vs. Batman

Hólmavík

A winter scene from Hólmavík, the West Fjords. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Batman has a new enemy he can’t control. His name is Mailman. The mailman’s weapon is one that is easily concealed. It’s called a camera. What makes the weapon threatening is its power to distribute information.

Scenes for the Hollywood movie Justice League are being shot in the village of Djúpavík, the West Fjords, these days. One of its stars is Ben Affleck, who plays the role of Batman.

Djúpavík village is located near the town of Hólmavík. The village, normally a quiet place, has been inundated with an influx of Hollywood celebrities lately. Some of the stars have flown in via their private jets; others have dropped from the sky in helicopters. Buses and RVs have brought in the rest.

Mailman Jón Halldórsson in Hólmavík doesn’t like being told what to do. He stated in an interview with Vísir that when he drove into Djúpavík on Monday, men in uniforms from the security company Securitas stopped him 1 km from the village. “One of them stopped me and said no photographing was allowed.” Jón had walked up to the nearby mountain to take pictures from there over the village. He published them on his blog page and on Facebook.

That same night, he received a phone call from the head of security at the filming location. According to Jón, the man was furious and said his company could face bankruptcy because of the pictures being published. “He insisted that I take this down, which I just didn’t,” Jón confessed.

Hólmavík Police Inspector Hannes Leifsson explained that film makers don’t have the power to forbid people, who travel the road to Djúpavík, to take pictures. Props, however, are on private property and you can prohibit photographing them and the people. “So, presumably, a landowner or a renter can ban such photographing, although I can’t assert anything in that regard,” Hannes stated. He understands those in charge of filming are trying to prevent the publishing of pictures which could hurt the project. Hannes calls the film project an unbelievable economic injection for the community, and he believes Jón’s publishing the pictures is damaging.

Hannes pointed out that the project follows certain rules and those who participate must keep their confidentiality. “He is doing this against the wishes of the local residents. There are people who have jobs on this project, and I know the residents are hoping this may get the area on the map.”

As far as Hannes knows, filming will conclude today, and the cast will then start packing.

Mailman Jón admitted he’s very curious about the film. “But no one wants to answer anything; they’re just told to shut up.”

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