Mere days after Matt Reeves' The Batman resumed filming following a five-month break, production has halted as a crew member has tested positive for COVID-19. Warner Bros issued a brief statement (via Deadline) confirming the news;
“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”
Since Deadline first reported this, it has now been confirmed by Vanity Fair that the member of the production is its star, Robert Pattinson. Warner Bros has yet to comment beyond the brief statement above or confirmed if Pattinson tested positive. Regrettably, occurrences like this will become more regular, but it is a testament to the rigorous practices movie studios have in place to test all cast and crew regularly.
The first trailer for the film arrived recently, and it has left quite the impression on fans. It is worth noting that The Batman was barely a quarter of the way through filming before it shut down back in March, so delivering an atmospheric and pretty hardcore teaser is a positive sign of things to come. While we didn't get to see Andy Serkis' Alfred Pennyworth, or John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, the prosthetics Colin Farrell was buried under to play Oswald Cobblepot aka Penguin are Oscar-worthy. For my two-cents, the trailer gave off serious Daredevil vibes which are by no means an insult, but I still think it's too soon for another Batman. That said, there is still a long way to wait before the movie finally arrives late next year, that is of course if this current set back doesn't delay the release further.
Reeves still has at least three months ahead of him once production can resume, but it remains unclear at this time when filming can restart. Starring Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Barry Keoghan, Jayme Lawson, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell, The Batman is currently scheduled for release October 21, 2021.