It appears the COVID pandemic has plagued production of Matt Reeves’ The Batman once again. Robert Pattinson’s stunt double has recently tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, he and his team were forced to isolate for ten days.
This now marks the third time the film has been delayed due to the global pandemic. The initial delay was almost a year ago, in March 2020, when the pandemic first began to really spread globally. What initially was supposed to be a two week break turned in to almost half a year, with production not resuming until September 2020.
Unfortunately, after only 3 days back behind the camera production was forced to stop again. This time due to the Batman himself, Robert Pattinson, testing positive for the virus. Following safety protocols, after Pattinson was given the all-clear, production resumed later in September.
Because of all of these delays, the release date of The Batman was pushed from October 1, 2021 to March 4, 2022. While the health and safety of everyone involved with the production is the top priority, a Warner Bros. spokesperson did say that the process has been “a headache.”
Shooting a blockbuster of this scale is difficult enough without the threat of COVID looming large. While this proves Warner Bros. testing regime is working, having so many people away from set for ten days is a headache the studio could do without, especially when they are relying on the stunt team to deliver the film’s most spectacular scenes.
Fortunately for fans, it doesn’t seem like this latest setback will delay production any further. The film was scheduled to wrap filming in March, and it seems like they’ll still be hitting that target.
The movie is still on track to wrap next month and when it does, I think everyone will be breathing a sigh of relief.
As stated earlier, a film of this magnitude has enough pressure without the threat of COVID, so we can only imagine what the cast and crew are going through. Filming began back in January 2020, and due to the various delays, cameras will still be rolling until at least next month.
The Batman Will Be Worth The Wait
Despite everything, the wait definitely seems like it’ll be worth it. The teaser trailer that landed at DC FanDome last August was spectacular, and that was with only 25% of the film shot! I do believe fans are in for something special when The Batman finally arrives on March 4, 2022.
Until then, let’s roll the trailer one more time.
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