The Batman restarted filming in the UK recently after production was paused this past spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, after just a few days of shooting, production has been halted again, as star Robert Pattinson has tested positive for the coronavirus.
A Warner Bros. spokesperson said in an official statement that “A member of ‘The Batman’ production has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating in accordance with established protocols...Filming is temporarily paused.” While Warner Bros. would not comment on any specific individual having the coronavirus, sources at Variety say that Batman himself has tested positive for Covid-19.
The gritty take on the Caped Crusader was able to film for seven weeks before shutting down this past spring and still has an estimated three months of filming left. The Batman cast and crew hope to wrap filming by the end of 2020.
Matt Reeves is directing The Batman, which stars Pattinson as Batman, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. The film will also feature Colin Farrell, Peter Sarsgaard, John Turturro, Jayme Lawson, and Andy Serkis in iconic comic book roles.
Since the spring production shutdown, Warner Bros. has pushed back the theatrical release of The Batman to Oct. 1, 2021—the perfectly spooky time to see a new, darker version of the beloved hero.
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