The Batman is set to resume production after a temporary shutdown due to a positive COVID-19 test. After initial reports that production was halted, it was revealed that the positive test was from none other than lead actor Robert Pattinson.
However, while Pattinson is sidelined due to his coronavirus diagnosis, the rest of the crew that has not had direct contact with him will ensure the show continues.
The film — which is directed by Matt Reeves and stars Robert Pattison as Batman — is currently filming in the United Kingdom.
From the Daily Mail:
The Hollywood actor — who is understood to have turned up on set with a temperature – will have to stay away from filming for 14 days while he recovers and to ensure he doesn’t spread the deadly virus. Amid fears that halting production for two weeks could cost as much as £5 million [over $6 million], the film’s director Matt Reeves is trying to film as much as he can at the Warner Bros. Studio in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, without his leading man.
Any of the 130-strong crew who did not have direct contact with Pattinson are being asked to return to work.
The Batman is scheduled to hit the big screens on October 1, 2021.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 6.17 million confirmed cases and 187,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.