Robert Pattinson has been tested positive for COVID-19, causing filming for “The Batman” to be halted just a few days after resuming outside of London.
Warner Bros. released a statement saying, “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”
Warner Bros. did not confirm the sick cast member’s identity. However, a number of Hollywood media publications, including Vanity Fair and Variety have confirmed that the 34-year-old actor had caught the virus.
The production halt will depend on how long the “Tenet” actor can self-isolate and recover. Previously, the production was 7 weeks into filming before shutting down with other entertainment companies in March due to the pandemic.
Vanity Fair reported that Pattinson’s representative has not immediately returned a request for comment with the “The Batman” being put on hold. Warner Bros. has pushed its release date to October 1st, 2021. The dark-gritty superhero drama was expected to debut on June 25th next year but with the COVID-19 pandemic, Pattinson’s diagnosis combined with 3 months left of filming, they are working on a tight schedule.
The teaser for the movie that was released last month has intrigued DC fans with the appearance of Batman’s arch-enemies such as The Riddler(Paul Dano), Catwoman(Selina Kyle) and The Penguin(Colin Farrell). It also shows Batman beating up a thug gruesomely before saying “I’m Vengeance”.
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