In a second setback for The Batman, the production has had to shut down again after someone on the set tested positive for COVID-19.
Several reports have stated that the person affected is The Batman himself, Robert Pattinson. However, neither Warner Bros. nor Pattinson’s own representatives have confirmed this, Entertainment Weekly reports.
The studio has said in a statement that filming is “temporarily paused” because “a member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols.” Vanity Fair has since confirmed through a “highly placed source that Pattinson was the individual who became sick”.
The production, which is based in the U.K., had restarted just a few days ago following easing of the lockdown due to the pandemic. The production halted early in March, but not before nearly a quarter of the filming was completed. The studio was able to assemble a trailer for the DC FanDome, a virtual convention held in August, set up after the San Diego Comic-Con had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
During the FanDome event, The Batman director Matt Reeves told the fans who tuned in “It’s about the early days of him being Batman, and he’s very far from being perfect.
“… It’s a criminological experiment. He’s trying to figure out what he can do to change this place. He’s seeing he’s not having any of the effect he wants to have.
“That’s when the murders start to happen… and it opens up a whole new world of corruption. Without being an origin tale, it ends up touching on his origins. It’s a detective story, a mystery…. He’s kind of a growing legend and [criminals] are afraid of him. He’s not a symbol of hope yet. One of the things he has to deal with is how he’s perceived.
“What was exciting for me was not doing the origin, but to meet him in the middle and see him make mistakes and grow and fail and be heroic in a way that felt very human and very flawed.”
The Batman is still (currently) scheduled to be released on Oct 1 2021.
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