Words: Chloe Watts
After months of waiting for the green light to restart filming, production of The Batman has been paused yet again due to Coronavirus. Warner Bros, the Hollywood studio responsible for the film released a statement last week that said, “a member of The Batman production has tested positive for Coronavirus”. While initially keeping tight lipped on who had tested positive, it was later revealed that Batman himself, Robert Pattinson had contracted the virus. The revelation came a week after the first official trailer was released.
While Pattinson is now quarantining for, at least, the next ten days, anyone who came within six feet of him for more than 15 minutes are also required to self-isolate for 14 days, whether they are showing symptoms or not. It’s unknown how many people he came into contact with while positive but given he’s the leading character of the film it would come as no surprise if other crew members were required to isolate.
This serves as another major setback for the film as it had just restarted production in the UK after being previously shut down – with the rest of the entertainment industry – when the globe went into lockdown back in March.
The latest instalment of the DC Comics superhero shows Batman in his second year of donning the famous bat outfit, crossing paths with The Riddler, Selina Kyle and The Penguin while working to solve a series of horrific serial killings. Director, Matt Reeves explained at DC Fandome, when the new trailer was revealed, “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 effect that he wants to have yet. Then the murders start to happen, and they 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 further”.
While production may be halted for a second time, Warner Bros. is sticking to the revised release date of 1 October 2021. Stay tuned for more.