Production for The Batman had only started up for a few days, but news had come out that it had to be put to a halt because a crew member had contracted COVID-19. What’s sad is, the identity of this crew member has been revealed, and it’s none other than the star of the show, Robert Pattinson.
According to Vanity Fair, Pattinson was apparently diagnosed with COVID-19 only a few days since shooting restarted for The Batman. Daily Mail says that crew and cast members have been ordered to go home, and WB is currently losing a lot of money thanks to the delay.
Though it would take Pattinson two weeks to be quarantined after his diagnosis, there’s still a question of who else on the set has been infected. I can imagine WB’s frustration that this would happen, counting that they were already taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe, even cancelling location shooting and having sets built instead.
For now, this delay has apparently ‘caused chaos to the schedule’ of The Batman. It’s speculated that if WB doesn’t find a suitable fix soon, we could be looking at another delay. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that, since October is pretty much the perfect time for a dark and gritty Batman movie.
Fingers crossed that production can get started back up before the year ends. In the meantime, the crew should just get checked and see who else has been infected already.
While no announcement has been made on WB’s part, The Batman continues to sit on a release date for Oct. 1, 2021.