Robert Pattinson has COVID-19, The Batman filming shuts down again: Reports
Another pandemic-related setback for The Batman.
The Warner Bros. production has shut down again after someone on set tested positive for COVID-19. Two reports have contended the person in question is star Robert Pattinson, but neither Warner Bros. nor Pattison's personal reps have confirmed it.
“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols," the studio said in a statement. "Filming is temporarily paused.”
Shooting on the U.K.-based production had only resumed a few days ago after first shutting down in early March. Approximately 25 percent of the movie had been shot before the first interruption, but that was still enough to cut together a trailer for DC FanDome:
The movie stars Pattinson as the titular superhero and shows a dark, gritty, and violent new take on the iconic superhero.
"It’s about the early days of him being Batman and he’s very far from being perfect," Reeves told fans during the FanDome event. "One of the things that are interesting is learning how to be Batman. 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... it's got, of course, action, and it's incredibly personal for him. 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 [story] but to meet him in the middle and to see him make mistakes and grow and fail and be heroic in a way that felt very human and very flawed."
The Batman is the latest iteration of the Caped Crusader and stars Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin. Reeves says Dano's Riddler and Kravitz's Catwoman will be very different than any versions we've seen before.
The Batman is scheduled to be released on Oct. 1, 2021.
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