Filming for Matt Reeves’ The Batman has been suspended after Robert Pattinson the actor playing Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the upcoming film has reportedly tested positive for the KungFLU. Which is an ironic twist of fate since the virus is thought to come from a ‘BAT’ in the labs of China Wuhan Clan (Can’t make this shit up…), and well this is just another hard pill to take for this production which is not even half way filming, and it’s the latest delay is symptomatic of the industry’s struggle to safely operate during the global health crisis.
Filming was initially interrupted in March due to the KungFLU and production had only just resumed when WB’s announced that filming was “temporarily paused” as “a member of ‘The Batman’ production has tested positive for Covid-19.” Than New York Times reports that two people with knowledge of the production confirmed Pattinson as the cast member, though the studio has declined to comment beyond the statement issued.
Just weeks ago, Pattinson told fans at DC Comics’ virtual FanDome event, “As many of you probably already know, we were in the beginning stages of production when COVID hit, so now I’m very anxious to get back to work and continue to form this beloved character.”
The persistent interruptions to The Batman reflecta trend across the film industry as studios balance audience expectations, regional restrictions, and the safety concerns of their employees. Right now, the global production industry is engaged in a complex game of international chess as locations around the world open and close according to infection rates. Meanwhile, the sets themselves look vastly different and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
For a start, you’re likely to see a lot fewer crowd scenes until a vaccine is made available. The Washington Post predicts that until then, there’ll be fewer night scenes, which tend to be more intensive and expensive. Romantic scenes will also be a challenge, for obvious reason, so prepare for a lot more sexual tension, and blue balls. But maybe they got some juicy stuff filmed already as I’m sure those are easier shots to get. Having family going thru being tested positive for the KungFLU myself my dad and last living parent currently is getting over it, and I haven’t seen him in about a month because of it. But knowing at his age he’s doing ok, and he’s had health issues I’m hoping that with that everything works out well for Mr Pattinson, and we get to see his take on “The Batman” because the trailer, and footage shown so far has been spectacular! I Cannot wait to see the movie myself, and I was skeptical at first of his casting but after watching TeneT I have no doubt Pattinson will make an excellent BATMAN.
Remember also Jurassic World: Dominion was one of the first major Hollywood studio films to resume. Actor Bryce Dallas Howard explained that “in order to get any of us on a plane, we had to thoroughly understand the protocols, who was involved and hear second and third opinions. We are the guinea pigs who are going to take the leap.” Bringing a film together often requires a cast and crew of thousands, and protocols should be implemented to protect everyone on set. These ever-shifting protocols are proving extremely expensive, and it’s predicted that independent films will suffer the most. “It’s a fucking mess right now with the insurance companies and the bond companies. They are reeling from how much liability they’re going to have,” a lawyer revealed to the Hollywood Reporter, “For indies, a bank’s not going to loan you money if there’s a COVID exception.”
Hope he gets over it quick, and doesn’t get anything to serious as further health issues due to it. Wishing him well. Only a complete asshole would wish him harm. Sadly I do know one such moron…