The Batman has begun production once again after being stopped due to COVID-19. Earlier this month production on the upcoming Warner Bros. film The Batman was halted after a crew member, which was reportedly star Robert Pattinson, tested positive for COVID-19.
The UK based production had begun once again following the shut down in March due to the pandemic. Many assumed that the production halt due to Pattinson’s COVID-19 positive test would be longer. However, a Warner Bros. representative said in a statement on Thursday (via THR) that:
“Following a hiatus for COVID 19 quarantine precautions, filming has now resumed on The Batman in the U.K.”
And while Warner Bros. makes no mention of Pattinson himself, The Daily Mail reports that Robert Pattinson has returned to set after the actor was spotted “out and about in London” with his girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse, on Wednesday. It looks like Pattinson has made a full recovery which is good news. However, this incident has led to questions regarding the safety protocols and whether or not productions have restarted too early.
THE BATMAN TRAILER
During DC Fandome, a trailer for The Batman was released which got fans even more excited for the upcoming movie about the caped crusader. Director Matt Reeves revealed during The Batman panel that roughly 25 percent of the movie had already been shot. With production restarting for a second time, hopefully The Batman will get back on track without any other major setbacks and meet the scheduled release date of October 1, 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to productions being shut down all over the world. Although production has begun to restart with new safety protocols being put in place to try and protect those working from the ongoing pandemic. Thankfully the incident on the set of The Batman seems to have been handled swiftly considering production has already restarted.
Matt Reeves is making a more grounded, Noir style film based in Gotham and with Batman still figuring out how to become the hero of Gotham. Reeves is also developing a spin-off television series for HBO Max focused on the Gotham City Police Department set before the film. The series will examine the famously corrupt police department of Gotham during the first year of Bruce Wayne donning the cowl and becoming a vigilante. With Reeve’s film already creating new stories before production has even completed it will be exciting to see what else the film leads to.
The Batman is set during the second year of Bruce Wayne’s tenure as Batman taking on the crime and corruption of Gotham city. During DC Fandome’s first day last month the first trailer was released. Reeves also stated during the panel that the film features a younger Bruce Wayne, only being in his second year as the dark knight, he is not yet established as a hero and is still learning. The other characters similarly are going to be shown in a way we haven’t seen before, according to Reeves.
The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne aka Batman, Zoe Kravits as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, Colin Farrel as the Penguin, Paul Dano as Riddler, John Turturro as the crime boss Carmine Falcon, Jeffrey Wright as Commission Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred, and Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham City DA Gil Colson. The film is directed by Matt Reeves who also co-wrote the film with Peter Craig. The Batman is set to hit theaters October 1, 2021.
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