Filming for the latest installment in the Batman franchise was halted after it was reported that Robert Pattinson, who plays Batman, tested positive for COVID-19. As Vanity Fair reported, Warner Bros. released a statement confirming the unfortunate development in the making of the superhero drama.
While Warner Bros didn’t confirm which cast member had contracted the disease, it did say that filming was being paused because someone on the team for the production was ill.
“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused,” the studio said.
However, Vanity Fair claimed to have an inside source who confirmed that the individual who had tested positive was Pattinson.
The film, which is being directed by Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves, was on hold during the pandemic, which forced much of the entertainment industry to halt its work.
The movie will follow Batman in his second year after donning the cape as he tries to solve a series of murders. It will also feature a young Riddler and Selina Kyle before she becomes Catwoman.
Additionally, audiences will get to see familiar characters like Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin), Commissioner James Gordon, Alfred, and Carmine Falcone. The film stars Pattinson, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Colin Farrell, Zoe Kravitz, and Paul Dano.
The trailer for the movie was recently released at a panel and fans got a chance to hear Pattinson’s voice and see a bit of his costume, along with the revamped Batmobile, as The Inquisitr previously reported.
“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,” Reeves told fans. “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.”
Bruce Wayne, the man behind Batman, is expected to be darker and more flawed than he has been portrayed in the past. As such, the movie will reportedly follow in the same vein as classic noir films like Taxi Driver and Chinatown. As fans saw in the trailer, instead of stunning his enemies, Batman appears to be more brutal.
The film is expected to be released next year in the fall, though there’s still no word if Pattinson’s alleged illness will delay things.