Update: Variety now reports that all filming is paused with Pattinson in self-quarantine. Our original story follows below.
Major productions are attempting to put as many safety precautions into place as possible to avoid anyone catching coronavirus, but it’s still not enough. Yesterday we reported that Robert Pattinson had tested positive for COVID-19 and production on The Batman was forced to shut down. Now Variety reports that filming has resumed as director Matt Reeves endeavors to shoot as much as possible without his lead actor. Pattinson must self-isolate for 14 days, so during this time, “Matt Reeves is trying to finish as much of the shoot as he can without Pattinson, including scenes with the actor’s body double.”
While we obviously hope that Pattinson makes a speedy recovery and that he isn’t seriously afflicted, this is still disconcerting. If Pattinson, arguably his production’s most valuable “asset” can still be infected, what hope does a production assistant or the guy working craft services have? It’s one thing to lay out a laundry list of proper procedures and set up a bunch of hand sanitizer stations while mandating masks, but at the end of the day, people still need to eat, and actors still need to recite lines on camera.
There are ways to lessen the spread of the virus, but spread isn’t elimination short of going to a country like New Zealand that has treated the pandemic with utmost seriousness and shut it out of the country. But The Batman is filming in the U.K., and while they’ve scaled back from filming on location and made other concessions, their lead actor still contracted COVID. Think about all the precautions that were put in place and still toppled, and then consider that the next you go out to eat or some other venue where they’ve assured you they’ve done everything in their power to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The Batman opens October 1, 2021.