The Batman is facing yet another pandemic-related setback, after the film’s star, Robert Pattinson, tested positive for COVID-19.
This comes only a couple of days after restarting production.
The cast and crew of The Batman had been outside London filming for almost three months. Production suddenly halted in March as the novel coronavirus spread through parts of Europe.
At the time, the studio had hoped to put filming on hold for just two weeks — but as we all know, the global pandemic has put everything on hold for much longer. Filming didn’t resume until earlier this week, nearly six months later.
Only days after restarting production at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, U.K., another problem has surfaced. The film’s main star, Robert Pattinson — the Batman himself — has reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
In a statement released Thursday, Warner Bros. confirmed that someone had tested positive, though they did not identify Pattinson.
“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols,” the statement read. “Filming is temporarily paused.”
Pattinson will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
According to reports from the Daily Mail, it looks like the cast and crew are going to press forward without Pattinson.
The Daily Mail’s report claims that director Matt Reeves is trying to finish as much of the filming as he can without Pattinson. That includes doing scenes with the actor’s body double.
So far, only about 25 percent of the movie has been shot.
Hollywood has been turned upside down amid the pandemic. Studios have been forced to find new ways to make TV shows and films.
Luckily, casts and crews for films and shows have recently returned to work, albeit with new rules and guidelines. Essentially, different parts of production are bound into “pods,” and sets have “zones” that dictate who can be in certain areas. The health of cast and crew are monitored continuously.
The growing number of cases in California over the summer has also caused some productions to move locations. Some have picked up in other states, while others have moved overseas where cases of the virus are down and regulations have eased.
Certain locations and plot points have had to be rewritten, as well. For instance, large crowd scenes are impossible, and filming on location could be unlikely.
Not only are all these setbacks costing studios billions of dollars, it’s also forcing them to push back release dates or opt for digital releases.