THE BATMAN Temporarily Pauses Production Due To Positive COVID-19 Test (UPDATED 9/5/20)


UPDATE #4 (9/5/20): According to VARIETY, work will continue with THE BATMAN when it comes to all the “behind the camera” activities, but filming likely will not resume until the 14 day quarantine period has passed.  This jibes with what BOF reported in update #3 (see below). – Bill “Jett” Ramey

UPDATE #3 (9/4/20): BOF has been told by several sources close to the production that most of the crew will be back to work next week.  The production will take time during the short break to tighten-up COVID-19 protocols even further.  Robert Pattinson, who tested positive for COVID-19, will be out for 14 days-ish and looks like he will be fine. – Bill “Jett” Ramey

UPDATE #2: (9/3/20): Via THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff had this to say about THE BATMAN shutting down production due to Robert Pattinson’s positive COVID-19 test…

I think we never expected things to go completely smoothly. In fact, as we’ve been getting our protocols ready, we built-in contingencies. If someone tests positive, you do contact tracing, you pause, you evaluate, and come back when you can. I think it would have been naïve to think we wouldn’t have certain cases on certain productions. The most important thing is to be ready for when that happens. And we were very much ready.  I don’t see things material changing until there is a medical solution, unless we were to reach herd immunity somehow. Instead, we are just proceeding as if there won’t be and resuming production as safely as we can.

UPDATE #1 (9/3/20): VANITY FAIR is reporting that the individual who tested positive was the film’s star, Robert Pattinson.  The original report is below. – Bill “Jett” Ramey

Per DEADLINE (via Warner Bros. Pictures), THE BATMAN — which just returned to production this week — has “temporarily paused” work on the film (again) due to a positive COVID-19 test by someone part of the cast or crew.  Here’s WB’s press release…

A member of THE BATMAN production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.

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Keep in mind that there are a TON of new safety measures and protocols that film productions must go through adhere to while filming.  I’m sure they are doing what they are supposed to do and will resume production very shortly…hopefully.

During DC Fandome, director Matt Reeves said he had shot 25% of the film before having to suspend production back in March, and has reportedly 3 months of filming remaining.

Stay tuned, I guess. – Bill “Jett” Ramey

Filming of THE BATMAN is currently taking place in the UK.  Follow BOF’s Everything About THE BATMAN Page.  Make plans to attend BOF’s THE BATMAN Watch Party.  THE BATMAN hits theaters on October 1, 2021.