Production has dramatically stopped on Robert Pattinson’s The Batman as the actor has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.
Sources close to the set have said the highly-anticipated DC film has now been “thrown into chaos” as the lead star is said to be the one who came down with the virus, just days after filming resumed.
Warner Bros confirmed the news in a statement which read: “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols.
“Filming is temporarily paused.”
They would not confirm who had contracted the virus but Vanity Fair reported “through other highly placed sources that Pattinson was the individual who became sick.”
An insider on the Leavesden set told Daily Mail that the cast and crew did not “know who has tested positive, but it has caused chaos to the schedule.”
Director Matt Reeves began filming with the Twilight star in the lead role as the Caped Crusader in early 2020 but by mid-March, production was put on hold as the coronavirus pandemic swept the country.
Reeves previously told fans they had at least another three months of shooting and they hoped to be finished by the end of 2020.
The Batman is currently set for release on October 1, 2021.
In late August, the first trailer dropped for fans, showing Pattinson’s character taking on foes Catwoman and The Riddler.
He faces off against Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman as he catches her in the middle of a crime. The pair fight but end in a stand off, whereas The Riddler’s (Paul Dano) thugs don’t fare as well as Bruce Wayne beats them to a pulp.
The trailer also gives fans a glimpse of Commissioner Gordon, played by Jeffrey Wright for the first time.
Universal Pictures have revealed their extensive measures to ensure the set will remain coronavirus-free, including routine temperature checks to renting out a hotel for the cast and crew for 20 weeks.
Speaking at the DC FanDome two weeks ago, Reeves said the upcoming film won’t be an origin tale.
“You’re meeting him in the early days,” he said of Bruce Wayne.
“And, for me, what’s really important about this iteration is that, you know, a lot of the other stories are very much about how he had to master his fear, and master himself, in order to become Batman. And that in that Batman state, he’s sort of in his best self.
“I think, for me, what was exciting was not doing that — not doing the origin, not doing what we’d seen done so beautifully in other movies, but instead to meet him in the middle of this criminological experiment, to see him in the becoming of Batman, and to see him make mistakes as Batman, and see him grow and fail and be heroic, do all of the things that we associate with Batman, but in a way that felt very human and very flawed.”
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