Stephen Duke, Correspondent
After recently returning to production after a five-month shutdown due to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, filming for the upcoming movie The Batman has come to a screeching halt once again.
Robert Pattinson, who is playing the lead role in the movie, has tested positive for the virus. Warner Bros. made a statement last week saying a member of production had tested positive for the virus, thus halting production for the time being. At the time, they did not disclose the fact that it was Pattinson due to guidelines that ensure patient confidentiality.
Recently, a trailer was released for the upcoming movie after production picked back up. At the time it dropped, producers were targeting an Oct. 1, 2021 release date. Producer Matt Reeves told Deadline in an interview that there was approximately a quarter of the movie already filmed, with about three more months expected to wrap up filming. Even with this minor setback, it is believed they should be on target to finish filming by the end of the year.
It is unclear as to precisely what precautions were taken in order to prevent the virus from spreading and keeping cast and crew safe. It is also unclear if the rest of the cast and crew also has to quarantine for the suggested two weeks.
According to the New York Times, in an interview back in April, Reeves stated that it was “quite surreal” that production was halted due to the pandemic. Now, just days into the return to filming, it might be more so. Many productions had to move out of California due to the high infection rates there being consistently high. To do this, however, filmmakers and production crews had to make sure they understood the proper protocols involved with flying and relocating crews to safer locations, as well as having second and third options, just in case the first one fell through.
Unfortunately, this is a “new normal” in not only our lives, but in the film industry as well. With COVID-19 seemingly here to stay, it appears this could happen to many others sets in television and movies as well. Initially, a recent Disney remake of the animated movie Mulan was supposed to come out earlier in the year, but due to the pandemic, it was released over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Also, long-running CW hit series Supernatural, in its final season, was expected to wrap up the story in May, but after having to halt production due to the pandemic, new episodes that were scheduled for the spring will begin airing in October. Production for the series finale recently began, according to a tweet from star Jared Padalecki on Twitter.
Unfortunately for fans excited to see the new Batman movie hit theaters sooner rather than later, they may have to wait just a little longer due to the recent positive case for COVID-19 for Rob Pattinson. Many are excited to see how he will play this role of the lead character, but they will have to be patient. In the meantime, we wish Mr. Pattinson a speedy recovery.