Matt Reeves’ The Batman got off to a rocky start when filming was put on hold in March due to the pandemic, now just three days after shooting resumed a member of the production team tested positive for coronavirus.
On Thursday morning Warner Bros. made a statement about halting filming. “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”
It has been confirmed that 34-year-old star Robert Pattinson has contracted Covid-19. It is unclear how bad the former Twilight star’s symptoms are, or if he is experiencing complications from the coronavirus.
The superhero reboot, which features popular franchise villains Catwoman, Riddler, and Penguin, began principal photography in January 2020. The London shoot only planned to suspend production for two weeks, but has been shut down for 5 ½ months with the rest of the film industry.
At the time of the initial stoppage, the film’s director Matt Reeves, said that they had managed to shoot a quarter of the movie. Production resumed Monday in Hertfordshire, England with members of the crew expected to live in a “bubble” environment for the duration of filming.
Though the superhero reboot already dropped its first somber trailer at the end of August, the completion of filming is expected to take an additional three months.
The Batman’s initial release date has already been pushed back once from June 2021 to October 2021, but it is unclear how the production halt will affect the film’s premiere.