Production Of 'The Batman' Halted Temporarily After Positive COVID-19 Test

THE BATMAN (2021) Official First Look - Robert Pattinson Batsuit Reveal -  YouTube

A couple weekends ago, DC FanDome, a virtual convention, got people more excited for The Batman film starring Robert Pattinson. The casting of this actor was a questionable choice in the eyes of those who only knew him as Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga. However, more people were won over. Thanks to a teaser trailer that came out of The Batman panel at DC FanDome, enthusiasm over the film rose. The teaser impressed people despite only 25-30% of the film having been shot by then. It also helps that Matt Reeves talked all about what we could expect in this upcoming film, which is more of a detective story than any previous Batman film. We also know that it would take place a year and a half after Batman’s first appearance and sometime during year two of Batman’s career as a crimefighter.

Earlier this week, production of The Batman resumed after it had been halted for five and a half months due to safety concerns pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. This certainly changed the landscape of filmmaking, causing studios to re-evaluate how to approach filming and when to release their films in light of health concerns. The delay caused the release date for The Batman to be changed from June 25, 2021 to October 1, 2021. With production resuming, people were excited that the wheels were still in active motion. After three days of filming this time around, however, production has been halted temporarily again.

Via Deadline, we have learned that someone on the production team for the film tested positive for COVID-19. Warner Bros. had the following to say about the situation:

“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”

There are no further details from Warner Bros. or the people involved, presumably to protect the privacy of the person who tested positive, which is understandable. Whoever this person is, we hope that things turn out well for them, as well as everyone else who is involved with the production. As disheartening as a delay may be to Batman fans, the safety of the people working on these films should first and foremost be taken into account, given the current state of the world.

The release date for The Batman has been October 1, 2021 for quite a while now. As of the writing of this article, there is no official announcement pertaining to whether or not the current situation could result in another delay. For now, it seems possible that the film could still end up being on track despite the temporary halt, though we do not know how long production will be halted this time around. Nothing is set in stone, and things are subject to change depending on what happens. If we hear any further news regarding the situation, we will be sure to relay it so that our readers can stay updated on what is going on with The Batman and the people working on it.

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Source(s): Deadline