Production has resumed on “The Batman” after star Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19.
Vanity Fair reported the news following initial reports that a crew member had tested positive with the coronavirus. ET Canada has reached out to Pattinson’s rep for comment.
A Warner Bros. Pictures spokesperson confirmed the news to ET Canada with the following statement: “A member of ‘The Batman’ production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”
The cast and crew resumed filming safely amid the coronavirus pandemic at the Warner Bros. studio in Hertfordshire, U.K., just a few days ago, after production closed down in March.
An insider at the studio in Leavesden told the Daily Mail, “We have been sent a memo telling us that a member of the crew has had a positive COVID-19 test.”
Adding, “Everyone was talking on the set about it. We do not know who has tested positive, but it has caused chaos to the schedule.”
Variety then reported Friday that filming had now resumed on “The Batman” set without Pattinson, who has to self-isolate for 14 days.
Leading figures in the U.K. film production sector told the publication “that they continue to have absolute faith in the measures being taken to keep cast and crew safe from COVID-19 on British sets.”
“We know that productions in the U.K. are rigorously following BFC Guidance with robust health and safety procedures in place, including stringent testing regimes, which is why any case of coronavirus can be rapidly identified and appropriate self-isolating procedures implemented,” Adrian Wootton, chief executive of the British Film Commission and Film London, told Variety.
“We’re confident that with all measures in place, any production will resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so. We also believe this will not impact production overall continuing in U.K., precisely because we have such robust health and safety measures operating, enabling our world-class film and high-end TV sector to get back up and running.”
The news comes after fans got the first look at the eagerly anticipated flick, starring Robert Pattinson as Batman and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, during the DC FanDome panel at the end of August.
Pattinson can be seen in the batsuit in the dimly-lit clip. “The Batman” is currently expected to open in theatres on Oct. 1, 2021.