That planet in Guardians of the Galaxy? It's based on Singapore
According to the creators of Marvel's latest superhero flick Guardians of the Galaxy, the fictional planet in the film, Xandar, is largely based on Singapore's Gardens by the Bay.
"Xandar is based in many ways on Singapore," said overall visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti, who had a hand in developing Xandar, one of the fictional planets in the Tranta system in the Andromeda galaxy of the Marvel Comics universe.
Ceretti explained how the landmark, built on 101-hectares of reclaimed land, inspired the computerised set, Fxguide reported.
"There’s a place there called Gardens by the Bay which has that lush, kind of futuristic feel in terms of architecture and a very lush tropical feel. We did an extensive stills shoot and took some helicopter plates, although we didn’t end up using them in particular as our shots were slightly different."
Way to go, Guard-ens of the Bay!
(Okay, that was a bad one.)
Guardians of the Galaxy is now showing in theatres.