Filming for The Batman resumes after Robert Pattinson is cleared of Coronavirus COVID-19.
After Robert Pattinson reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, Variety reports the actor can return to the movie’s U.K. set.
“Following a hiatus for COVID 19 quarantine precautions, filming has now resumed on The Batman in the U.K.,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson confirmed to the outlet, without mentioning the leading actor by name.
Production shut down on September 3 after Vanity Fair broke the news of Robert Pattinson’s diagnosis, starting the 14-day quarantine time required by the COVID-19 safety requirements.
Members of the crew reportedly continued to work on other scenes of the movie during the two-week break. According to reports, director Matt Reeves continued to shoot select scenes with Pattinson’s stunt double. Warner Bros. dismissed those reports to Variety, suggesting filming stopped after September 3 as much of the cast and crew went into quarantine.
Photographers spotted Robert Pattinson last Wednesday in London with his girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse. With at least 75% of the movie still waiting to be shot, the new Batman movie has a long way to go. Warner Bros. announced an October 1, 2021 release date. But, additional delays could push back the theatrical release.
Robert Pattinson reportedly has COVID-19 forcing production to shut down for ‘The Batman’
Robert Pattinson reportedly tested positive for the Coronavirus COVID-19, causing filming of The Batman to shut down days after the movie resumed production at studios in England.
Warner Bros. did not publicly comment on any individual’s health. Still, the company said this statement: “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”
The production previously shut down in March, when the quarantine lockdown first took place.
The movie is directed by Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves and centers around Batman in his second year as a superhero as he attempts to solve serial killings. In the process, he meets Paul Dano’s The Riddler, Zoe Kravitz Catwoman, and Colin Farrell’s The Penguin. Actor Jeffrey Wright co-stars as Commissioner James Gordon, Andy Serkis plays Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred and John Turturro is the Carmine Falcone.
“It’s a criminological experiment. He’s trying to figure out what he can do to finally change this place. You see that he’s charting what he’s doing, and he’s seeing he isn’t having any of the effects that he wants to have yet,” Reeves said recently at the D.C. Fandom event that revealed the new trailer. “The murders start to happen, and the murders start to describe a history of Gotham. It only reinforces what he knows about Gotham, but opens up a whole world of corruption that went much further.”
The movie was initially planned for release in 2021.
In relevant news, a 51-year-old assistant director who’d died from COVID-19 after returning to work on a commercial production has shocked the film industry and renewed fears of safety on film sets.
According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, Texas-based assistant director John Nolan went into cardiac arrest and died on August 26th after battling the illness for weeks.
Currently, it is not known where or when Nolan contracted the disease, it is clear he developed symptoms of the virus after he worked on commercial production in Austin, Texas in mid-July and tested positive for the Coronavirus on July 29th. By, August 5th he was in ICU at a hospital and placed on a ventilator.
Also, Hollywood is abandoning filming the United States over the lack of Coronavirus tests. A movie starring Ben Affleck was supposed to start filming in the United States. However, due to the lack of COVID-19 Coronavirus testing material and short lab results, producers moved the filming location to Canada. Ben Affleck’s latest movie is just one of several projects leaving the U.S. for Canada, the U.K., and Australia due to the Coronavirus.
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