Reports have stated that Robert Pattinson has contracted Coronavirus, meaning that production on The Batman has been halted.
Bad news all around as a talented actor has fallen ill, and a film that looks very promising has had to be halted just days after it was restarted following the pandemic.
Vanity Fair reported that Pattinson, 34, caught the virus just days after shooting resumed near London, after a six-month delay.
Warner Bros. released a statement that told of one of the cast members contracting the virus. It read:
“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused“.
When the first film trailer was released some days back, director Matt Reeves revealed that the film was only 20% shot, with much more work to be done in studios outside of London and Liverpool, which is the stand-in for Gotham City.
Speaking of the film itself, Reeves said recently at the DC Fandome:
“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.
“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“.
It’s unsure when the film itself will be released, as all we know is that it’s scheduled for 2021.
Alongside Pattinson will be Paul Dano’s The Riddler, Zoë Kravitz’s Selina Kyle (Catwoman), and Oswald Cobblepot, otherwise known as The Penguin, will be played by Colin Farrell. Jeffrey Wright also stars as Commissioner Gordon, Andy Serkis plays Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred, and John Turturro is the gangster Carmine Falcone.
It’s going to be good.