As Hollywood and movie productions started up after COVID-19 shut down a lot of the industry, The Batman had to shut down yet again. First reports stated that a member of the crew got the virus; now reports state Robert Pattinson himself has COVID-19.
Robert Pattinson has COVID-19 days after ‘The Batman’ filming resumed
Vanity Fair reported on Sept. 3 that Pattinson tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which caused the film to stop production. They reported that this is only a few days after filming for The Batman started again earlier this week. They shut down in March after the first outbreaks of the pandemic became more widespread.
The production is taking place in studios near London. And Vanity Fair noted that while Warner Bros. didn’t release a statement or comment on who it was that got infected, their “highly placed sources” confirmed that Pattinson was the one who became sick.
This comes after earlier news that production was shut down again because a crew member got the virus
As the outlet also reported, the earlier statement from Warner Bros. was very vague.
“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating in accordance with established protocols,” their statement read. “Filming is temporarily paused.”
The movie was only about 30 percent finished filming when they shut down in March, director Matt Reeves said at the DC FanDome event on Aug. 22. This is why a trailer was able to be released, but the actual movie is set to release in late 2021.
‘The Batman’ will show another version of Bruce Wayne that many haven’t seen before
Not much else is known about Pattinson’s condition. Whether he had symptoms or not or anything else remains to be seen.
The movie itself is set to show a new side of Batman’s journey into becoming the cowled vigilante. It takes place two years into Bruce Wayne’s position as Batman, which allows the movie to show that he’s still in the process of figuring it out, while also not being a full-on origin story.
“One of the things that I think is interesting is learning how to be Batman,” Reeves said at the DC FanDome event. “The whole idea is that this is all an experiment in the movie… It’s the Gotham experiment. It’s a criminological experiment; trying to figure out sort of what he can do that can finally change this place.”
Pattinson’s Batman is seeing what is working and what is not. The movie will also reportedly get to the heart of Batman’s real talent: his detective skills.
“I think all of that is a way to take a story that is a detective story. Every point of view story, a mystery,” Reeves said. “It’s got, of course, you know, action, all that kind of stuff. But at the end of it, it also is incredibly personal for him, even though it is the story in which he’s trying to understand and unravel this mystery.”