From major box office hits to cult classics, Austin has provided a spectacular landscape for filmmakers to bring their vision to life. Visitors have flocked to destinations featured in iconic locally made films like "Dazed and Confused" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." With over 50 years of production, there are many film tourism locations in the Austin area to experience including those seen in "We Can Be Heroes."

About "We Can Be Heroes"

In the Netflix hit "We Can Be Heroes," alien invaders kidnap Earth's superheroes, and their children must team up and learn to work together to save their parents and the world. Aside from some great superhero-versus-alien fights in the skies above Austin, Robert Rodriguez keeps this hometown family adventure grounded with a handful of unique Austin-centric locations.

Details: Netflix / Rated PG / 97 minutes / Family, Adventure, Action
Director:  Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Christopher McDonald, Christian Slater, YaYa Gosselin, Lyon Daniels, Andy Walken, Hala Finley, Lotus Blossom and Dylan Henry Lau
Streaming On: @Netflix


Scene: Heroes Headquarters

We Can Be Heroes screengrab showing helicopters flying over the Heroes Headquarters. Large white clouds dot the blue sky

We Can Be Heroes screengrab with kids floating towards the ceiling inside the Heroes Headquarters Interior. The word Heroes is visible on the wall

Austin’s new Central Library is a world-renowned architectural feat, and it’s no wonder the unique building plays the exterior of the Heroes Headquarters, with the Second Street Butterfly Bridge as a backdrop. You can visit this location in downtown Austin, though much of the library and city has been altered by CGI to fit the aesthetic of the Heroe's world. In order to match the spectacular exterior of the Austin Central Library, the interior shots of the Heroes Headquarters were filmed at Austin City Hall. Step inside to experience the uber-cool rock interiors of City Hall for yourself.

Location: Butterfly Bridge (Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78701)
Location: Austin City Hall (301 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701)

Scene: Training Center

We Can Be Heroes screengrab showing two kids training outside of the Training Center

Before going to battle the aliens, the heroes train in the Training Center's beautiful backyard. In real life, this is the stunning event space, Jennifer’s Garden.

Location: Jennifer’s Garden (1101 W 31st St, Austin, TX 78705)

Iconic Filming Location Map


Explore more iconic filming locations during your next visit to Austin. The Austin Film Tourism Guide has details on the where scenes from your favorite movie and television series were filmed in and around Austin.