The Batman production resumes minus Robert Pattinson
Yesterday it was reported that Matt Reeves’ The Batman temporarily halted production in the UK after the film’s star Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19. Now Variety is reporting that production on Warner Bros. Pictures’ dark superhero flick has resumed at the Leavesden studios in the UK, despite Pattinson’s absence. Reeves is reportedly trying to complete as much of the shoot as he can without Pattinson, who is now self-isolating for 14-days as he battled the virus. The crew will apparently be utilizing a body double for much of the work involving Batman.
Filming on the highly-anticipated movie just resumed this week after pausing for over five months. The Batman still has a lengthy 11-week shoot ahead of it, with only 25% of the film having been shot prior to the COVID-related shutdown.
Starring alongside Robert Pattinson’s Batman/Bruce Wayne is Zoë Kravitz (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mad Max: Fury Road) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the Hunger Games films) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the Transformers films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, Black Mass) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (Farewell Amor) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the Planet of the Apes films, Black Panther) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Dumbo) as Oswald Cobblepot. Twins Max and Charlie Carver have also joined the movie in “sizable roles.”
During DC FanDome, Reeves confirmed the movie will focus on Bruce Wayne’s second year as Batman, and, per Walter Hamada, that the film is set in a different universe separate from the Justice League DCEU characters. Reeves also revealed that the movie is a detective story that follows a series of murders that open up the history of corruption in Gotham and how Bruce’s family is linked.
Reeves and Dylan Clark (the Planet of the Apes films) are producing the film, with Simon Emanuel, Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, and Chantal Nong Vo serving as executive producers.
The Batman opens in theaters on October 1, 2021.
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