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“The Batman” Halts Production After Robert Pattinson Reportedly Positive For COVID-19

Warner Bros. confirmed in a statement that production stopped because someone involved in the film tested positive, but did not confirm who.

Robert Pattinson , 34, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 11th Annual Governors Award in October, 2019. | Getty Images
Robert Pattinson , 34, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 11th Annual Governors Award in October, 2019. | Getty Images

Production of superhero drama “The Batman” has shut down once again after someone tested positive for COVID-19. Several outlets reported that the film’s star, Robert Pattinson, is the one who tested positive.

Vanity Fair first reported Thursday that filming was shut down because of Pattinson’s positive test. Vanity Fair and The New York Times said sources with knowledge of the production had confirmed Pattinson’s diagnosis. 

“The Batman” had just resumed filming in London after being forced to shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and its release has already been pushed from June to October 2021.

NowThis has reached out to a representative for Pattinson for comment. 

In a statement obtained by The New York Times and Vanity Fair, Warner Bros. confirmed that someone on-set did test positive but would not confirm who.

“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 statement read.

Pattinson, 34, plays the starring role of the billionaire and masked vigilante Bruce Wayne in a highly-anticipated adaptation directed by Matt Reeves. Filming officially began last September, and a trailer was recently released showing a darker version of the DC Comics superhero. 

Several big-budget films have been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic, including the forthcoming “Jurassic World” movie, as well as the release of “Tenet,” which also stars Pattinson.