COVID-19 strikes Hollywood once again!
According to Vanity Fair, Warner Bros. would not comment on any individual worker’s health, sharing only this 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 publication confirmed through a highly placed source that it was the film's 34-year-old leading man who was the individual who became sick.
The production of the action superhero film was previously shut down back in March when the quarantine lockdown first hit during the early days coronavirus global pandemic.
The anticipated superhero flick, directed by Matt Reeves, is set during Batman's second year of fighting crime and follows him as he explores Gotham City's corruption. Other high-profile casting include Paul Dano as The Riddler, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle (before she becomes Catwoman), Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Andy Serkis as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred, John Turturro as gangster Carmine Falcone and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon.
The Batman is scheduled to be released on October 1, 2021. Two sequels are planned, while a spin-off prequel television series is in development for HBO Max. No word if the latest setback will affect those plans.
Pattinson, who dates model Suki Waterhouse, is hardly the first Hollywood star to test positive for coronavirus. Lena Dunham, Antonio Banderas, Brian Cranston, Alyssa Milano, Andy Cohen are just of the few famous faces who have battled the virus this year.