Although Warner Bros. Picture never confirmed Robert Pattinson as The Batman crewmember who tested positive for COVID-19, the actor has presumably recovered as the film is getting back to work.
Variety reports the production is back at Leavesden Studios after word broke earlier in the month indicating someone tested positive for the novel coronavirus. As a Warner rep told the site, “Following a hiatus for COVID-19 quarantine precautions, filming has now resumed.”
According to Vanity Fair, those precautions kicked in because the film’s star tested positive despite a number of guidelines meant to keep cast and crew safe. Warner never commented on the story, but shut down the production for two weeks as the crewmember — and those in close proximity — isolated or recuperated.
The Batman‘s true enemy seems to be the worldwide pandemic as production on the film also shut down last Spring amid the initial wave of infections. The film has already shifted from one release date as a result. At the same time, Pattinson’s alleged infection indicates just how precarious it is to film anything in the middle of a pandemic. Indeed, production delays attributed to COVID-19 have already seen several TV series cancelled and Disney reconsidering plans to release Black Widow in November.
The film is set during Year Two and sees the Batman facing the Riddler (Paul Dano) while also dealing with a rapidly changing Gotham City. During August’s DC FanDome: Hall of Heroes event, director Matt Reeves said, “[The Batman’s] charting his effect and seeing nothing is going right. Then the murders start. It opens a new world of corruption.” Partly inspired by Darwyn Cooke‘s Batman: Ego — at least in as much as giving Batman’s motivations a deeper examination while amping up the detective feel of the character. The teaser Reeves released at DC FanDome also suggest a heavy influence from Batman: The Long Halloween.
“If he has a superpower, it’s the ability to endure,” Reeves added. “Seeing him become what we know in new ways made me excited.”
The Batman is currently set for release on October 1st, 2021.