Director Matt Reeves’ ambitious project The Batman has hit yet another snag on the road of its production– Robert Pattinson, the latest actor to don the cowl has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus following which the production of the film has been halted again.
The filming of The Batman had resumed at studios outside London just days ago after being delayed for months after its production was first stopped in March 2020 given the sweeping coronavirus pandemic. But neither Matt Reeves nor the Tenet star has confirmed that he has contracted the virus as all the Warner Bros. has shared is an official statement stating that someone from The Batman team has tested COVID-19 positive.
“A member of The Batman production tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused,” the company has shared.
The news of Robert Pattinson being the one who has tested coronavirus positive was first reported by the Vanity Fair, which learned from a trusted source that the shooting was halted after the star came down with the virus. The 34-year-old actor is yet to confirm the news himself.
Just recently, at the virtual DC FanDome conducted in August 2020 , Robert Pattinson had made a special appearance during The Batman panel and hinted that he is eager to resume shooting for the film.
“As many of you probably already know, we were in the beginning stages of production when COVID hit, so now I’m very anxious to get back to work and continue to form this beloved character,” Pattinson said. “I’ve always been a massive fan.”
“I’m not really allowed to share anything, so I’m going to hand it over to the great Matt Reeves who’s somewhere around here, and he can determine what can and can’t be talked about,” he added.
In a surprise move, Reeves had also dropped a brief look at Pattinson’s Caped Crusader in a first teaser trailer for The Batman.
“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 had said. “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.”
He had even confirmed that despite the delay in production, he was planning to wrap up the film by the end of 2020 and stick to the October 2021 release date.