The Batman is the latest production casualty that can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Director Matt Reeves and his crew have been filming the anticipated reboot in the United Kingdom since January. However, Warner Bros. recently announced that production on the film will be on hold for two weeks, due to concerns regarding the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak. According to Deadline, the studio says they will continue to observe the situation closely.
The delay of filming on The Batman follows delays from almost every other major studio including Universal, Disney, Netflix, etc. Many finished movies have also been delayed such as A Quiet Place II, The New Mutants, Mulan, and many more.
What We Can Expect From The Batman
Reeves, the director of the last two installments of The Planet of the Apes franchise had this to say in regards to the story of The Batman:
“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that.”
Alongside Robert Pattinson, The Batman includes Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro as Carmine Falcone; Jayme Lawson as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis as Alfred; and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot.
There is a full roster of upcoming DCEU releases on the horizon including Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, Black Adam, Shazam! 2, The Flash, and Aquaman 2. As of the writing of this article, none of these movies’ productions have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. However, a movie to watch out for would be Wonder Woman 1984, as it releases June 5th still pretty close to all of the other movies that have been delayed. We will have to wait for Warner Bros. to give the official word on a potential delay in the coming weeks.