Three days after shooting resumed at a Warner Bros. Leavesden, a studio complex in London, production on The Batman is paused again. The reason? According to Warner Bros., which wouldn’t identify the employee by name, “a member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols.” According to Vanity Fair, that person is Robert Pattinson, the Batman himself.
The first delay in shooting started in March, when COVID-19 shut down productions around the world. It necessitated a change in the scheduled release date from June 25 of next year to October 1.
Warner Bros. only said that filming was “temporarily paused,” but the delay will hopefully last just a couple of weeks as Pattinson and those he came into contact with isolate themselves.
The news is a gut-punch to fans still on a high after a teaser trailer for the film dropped at the DC Fan Dome virtual event nearly two weeks ago.
The Batman isn’t the only movie to deal with a positive COVID-19 test after resuming production. Four members of the Jurassic World: Dominion crew tested positive while shooting on location in Malta. They went into isolation and the production partially halted, with only a second (read: separate) unit continuing to work.
Back in London, Reeves still has three months of filming to complete, with just under three-quarters of the film yet to be shot. So when Pattinson recovers, he’ll have a lot of work to do.