Robert Pattinson’s upcoming Batman movie may have gotten its teaser trailer recently, but it’s still to complete filming and if a report is to be believed, the actor has contracted COVID-19. This has led to a halt in production, which was taking place at studios just outside of London. The superhero drama titled The Batman is slated for an October 1 release next year and is being directed by Matt Reeves.
The break in production comes just days after the filming had begun following a break due to the pandemic. Warner Bros. has refused to confirm the news, but it has indeed said, “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.” Following this, Vanity Fair has received confirmation through a ‘highly placed’ source that it’s indeed Pattinson who has been affected by the coronavirus.
What’s worrying now is that this break could very well lead to a delayed-release. It should be noted that The Batman was scheduled to hit theatres in June 2021, but the break-in production this March saw its release being pushed back to October 2021. Even if filming is completed this year, the massive amounts of VFX and other post-production knick-knacks required for the final product will take some time.
The Batman is being directed by Matt Reeves, who’s known for Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. While Pattinson will be donning the mask of the caped crusader, Zoë Kravitz has been cast to play Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Jeffrey Wright will play James Gordon, while Andy Serkis will be the new Alfred. The villains in this story include The Riddler, played by Paul Dano and Penguin, played by Colin Farrell.
The story of The Batman takes place the second year of his crime-fighting days. He is trying to solve a series of gruesome serial killings in Gotham city, which causes him to cross paths with The Riddler, Selina Kyle and Oswald Cobblepot aka Penguin. Director Reeves has confirmed that he wanted to explore the detective aspect of the character to a greater extent than previous films.
Robert Pattinson has come a long way from his Twilight days (pun not intended). After having grabbed some offbeat roles like The Lighthouse and The Lost City of Z, he was also seen recently in Christopher Nolan’s highly hyped up Tenet.
The Batman started off as a project under the DC Extended Universe by Ben Affleck, who was supposed to star in it, while also writing, directing and producing it. But the duties it seems were overwhelming, which is why he stepped down from directing and writing and the project got passed over to Reeves, who altered to story to focus on a younger Batman, which led the way for Affleck’s exit and Pattinson’s first reprisal of a superhero role.
You can watch The Batman teaser trailer now, which gives us a good glimpse of what to expect from the movie.