Production on The Batman was halted by Warner Bros, the studio earlier saying in a statement that “a member” of the team had contracted the virus: “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”
As Vanity Fair first reported and various outlets have since reiterated, it appears that Pattinson was the person who was struck with COVID-19. Pattinson’s team has yet to make an official statement on the matter.
It’s another speedhump for the Matt Reeves-directed picture, coming only three days after filming resumed. The shoot was previously forced to shut down for over five months when wide-spread production holds began back in March. As there’s around eleven weeks of shooting still left, it remains to be seen just how much higher this pushes the film’s already-increased budget and whether it leads to a delay long enough to warrant pushing the planned release date.
“We’re still in the middle of investigating what is the situation,” WarnerMedia Studios & Networks boss Ann Sarnoff told Deadline. “We’re pausing temporarily for now until we have more information, but we have all the protocols set up to do contact tracing and hopefully get back up into production very soon.”
The Batman, with a cast that includes Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, and Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/The Riddler, is currently scheduled to open in cinemas on October 1st, 2021.
The film aside, wishing all the best to Pattinson and anyone else dealing with this dreaded virus at the moment.