“The Batman” Suspends Production as Robert Pattinson Tests Positive for COVID-19

Production is once again on pause as Pattinson isolates and recovers

Robert Pattinson as Batman in the new movie "The Batman"
The only thing that can stop Robert Pattinson's Batman? The coronavirus.
Warner Bros.

Just three days after resuming filming outside of London, production on The Batman has been suspended again after star Robert Pattinson reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

Production on the movie was previously shut down back in March when the pandemic initially hit, and it is currently slated for an October 21, 2021 release date. Warner Bros. would not confirm that Pattinson is the person on set who tested positive for the coronavirus, saying only, “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”

However, Vanity Fair has confirmed through an anonymous, “highly placed source” that Pattinson is in fact the person who tested positive.

Just last month we got our first look at the movie — in which Pattinson stars as the Caped Crusader alongside Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and John Turturro as Carmine Falcone — in the form of a teaser trailer.

Indiewire reports that director Matt Reeves has about three months of shooting left to do on the movie, as he had “about a quarter of it finished before the shutdown took place.” Whether he’s still able to get all of that done in time for an October 2021 release remains to be seen now that production is suspended indefinitely. Here’s wishing Pattinson a speedy recovery.

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