Robert Pattinson Has COVID-19 As The Batman Production Halted Again
Warner Bros. has officially confirmed the affected cast member is now in isolation.
While Matt Reeves' The Batman movie production came to a halt because someone tested positive for COVID-19, Vanity Fair has learned that it was the star of the movie, Robert Pattinson, who tested positive. Pattison plays Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman in the upcoming 2021 film.
UK production on the film has temporarily stopped, and according to a Warner Bros. release (via comicbook.com), the affected crew member "is isolating in accordance with established protocols." Warner Bros. was not specific with who caught the virus in its statement, and it wasn't until Vanity Fair's report emerged that we received the high-profile name.
It hasn't yet been revealed how long production will be paused, but existing protocols for coronavirus safety suggest a two-week quarantine time. But it's anyone's guess when production might resume, since studios still yet have no standard approach to positive COVID-19 tests.
In addition to the obvious safety and health concerns, it is particularly disappointing for cast, crew, and fans as the pandemic previously interfered earlier this year as principal photography was beginning in London back in January. The Batman is still expected to be released on October 1, 2021, with two planned sequels and also a spin-off prequel series for HBO Max. A recent trailer revealed at the DC FanDome virtual convention offered a recent spike of excitement for what will, as of now, be an uncertain lead-up to release.
The Batman is being co-written by director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) and Peter Craig (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2). It stars Pattinson (Twilight), Zoë Kravitz (The Lego Batman Movie), and John Turturro (The Big Lebowski).