According to “Vanity Fair,” actor Robert Pattinson is the latest celebrity to test positive for the novel coronavirus disease. His diagnosis has led to the halting of the production for “The Batman.”
Days after production of “The Batman” began again, Robert Pattinson, 34, allegedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease, according to a source that spoke to “Vanity Fair.” The new film had to pause production temporarily at their studios outside of London.
The company making the movie, Warner Bros., refused to confirm if Pattinson had tested positive. However, they did release this statement:
“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols.”
Robert Pattinson at the opening ceremony of the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival on November 30, 2018, in Morocco | Photo: Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Getty Images
INITIAL SHUT DOWN
Production on “The Batman” initially shut down in March 2020, when the first wave of COVID-19 hit the nation. The next installment in the franchise sees Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne/Batman pushing his vigilantism for a second year.
In a surprise appearance at a convention, Pattinson confessed he was a big fan of the film franchise.
In August 2020, Pattinson appeared virtually at DC Comics' FanDome event. He had a message for his fans about taking on the role of Batman.
The actor noted how production had to halt when COVID-19 hit during the beginning stages of filming. Pattinson confessed that he was anxious to get back to work on the movie as he was a “massive fan."
“THE BATMAN’S” TRAILER RELEASED
During the same month, the trailer for the film was released. The promo featured a different version of Nirvana's "Something in The Way," and Pattinson was seen in his role as Wayne/Batman alongside some of his co-stars.
SOME STARS WHO FEATURE
The film stars actors like Paul Dano, Zoë Kravitz, and Colin Farrell. “The Batman” is planned for an October 1, 2021, release if all goes well with the production.
INITIAL DEBUT DATE FOR FILM
It was initially slated to debut on June 25, 2021. US Movie theaters had to close in the effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
RESHUFFLING MOVIE SCHEDULES
The global health crisis led to studios needing to reshuffle movies that were scheduled for summer and fall of 2020. Several film productions have also been put on hold.