The Batman restarted production just recently, but it has been put on a halt yet again as the leading man, Robert Pattinson himself has tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier, it was reported that production had stopped due to a crew member getting tested positive for Coronavirus. But now, Vanity Fair has reported that it is none other than Robert Pattinson who has fallen sick. We don’t know how severe conditions are yet, but Pattinson has been quarantined safely for now.
Usually, it takes 2 weeks of quarantine time for someone to heal and be healthy again, but sometimes it takes more. Reeves & co are not resuming production just yet as they maybe taking preventive measures themselves, and maybe planning to shoot the scenes that don’t have Robert Pattinson in them in the near future.
WarnerMedia Studios and Networks head Ann Sarnoff spoke to Deadline about the situation. There was no specific comment about when the production will restart. She said:
“We’re still in the middle of investigating what is the situation. We’re pausing temporarily for now until we have more information, but we have all the protocols set up to do contact tracing and hopefully get back up into production very soon.”
The resumption will mostly depend upon Robert Pattinson’s condition because he is the lead and he’d be needed the most. So, if everything goes well, we should expect production to be back on track by the last week of the month. But before that, a proper investigation will be conducted to see if anyone else on set tested positive or not. Usually, every studio handles things like these in different ways.
We do wish Robert Pattinson a speedy recovery. Even if it takes this whole month to restart production, The Batman should still not be looking at a delay because the movie is set to arrive on October 1, 2021. So, there’s still practically a year left for the movie to arrive. And that should be plenty of time for Reeves and co as there are not a lot of VFX shots that are going to be involved in the film.
In fact, Jeffrey Wright stated that not even a single VFX shot was present in first trailer that was released at the DC FanDome. Everything was shot on camera. That goes to show Reeves’ practical approach to everything in this movie and the amazing vision that he has for Batman to feel extremely real. That is the whole point of this movie. Reeves wants to put us in Batman’s shoes. He wants Batman to be flawed and feel like a human. The very realistic approach is also clear through the Bat-Cave, which is just an abandoned subway line, The Batsuit, the Batmobile, & the Bat bike, which have all been designed by Bruce Wayne himself. And this kind of an approach is the reason why Robert Pattinson’s Batman has the potential to be the best of all.
At the Dome, Reeves talked about his innovative take on Batman that we haven’t seen on the big screen yet. He said:
“…That idea of being that driven by your past, and by the things that you can’t quite resolve in yourself,” Reeves explained. “Like he’s a very alive character and to me to tell a version of Batman where, again, it wasn’t about how we became Batman. But, it’s about the early days of how he is Batman and he is so far from being perfect and watch us sort of see him becoming what we all know about him and see it in new ways. I felt like that was a way to do something that hasn’t been done. And that was really what I was excited to be able to do in this iteration.”
Let’s see how everything is handled in the coming future.