Article by Chris Foti
If production can make it through Liverpool without any positive Coronavirus cases, it appears that The Batman will continue filming in the United States, in a location most familiar to Batman fans, Chicago. The Windy City stood as Gotham during production for some of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and almost all of The Dark Knight.
This film certainly hasn’t had the smoothest production thanks to COVID-19. Like much of the world, the Matt Reeves DC debut shut down in mid-March, due to the pandemic. In September, they were able to start up again, only to shut down due to Robert Pattinson testing positive for the virus.
Due to all the delays, the release date of the film was pushed back (for the second time now) to March 4, 2022, from October 1, 2021. Even though production is still going, The Batman is currently filming despite Tier 3 restrictions in Liverpool. Tier 3 is the “very high” risk category in England.
Hints Of ‘The Batman’
The below image shows a crew member vest for a project named Vengeance, which has been the working title for the Matt Reeves film. Thanks to the DC FanDome trailer, we now know why.
Looks like “VENGEANCE” might be the secret title for the Chicago filming of THE BATMAN this weekend. pic.twitter.com/NfHDHCJWtF
— Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) October 15, 2020
It’s highly common for big blockbusters to use fake titles when filming to deter curious or wandering eyes. Christopher Nolan did this with all three Dark Knight Trilogy films. He used the faux names The Intimidation Game, Rory’s First Kiss and Magnus Rex, respectively.
There are also flyers being set up in strategic locations for the “Gotham Music Festival”, further proof that Gotham is coming.
Just watched a crew member strategically placed these around downtown Chicago. pic.twitter.com/r57O39gASt
— Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) October 16, 2020
So there you have it, it looks like Batman is returning to the streets of Chicago. How much filming is being done there, and which actors are going to be involved is still not clear, but it’s always exciting to see progress continue to be made with this highly anticipated film!
Matt Reeve’s The Batman stars Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis and John Turturro. It’s scheduled to be released on March 4, 2022.
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