Filming for The Batman, Robert Pattinson’s first outing as the caped crusader, has been allowed to continue in Liverpool this week, despite the city being subject to tier three coronavirus rules.
Tier three is the highest alert level, and Liverpool is currently the only region of England to be placed under it.
However, filming has allowed to continue in various parts of the city, including a scene that was shot at the top of the iconic Liver Building.
What are the tier 3 rules and is filming going ahead in Liverpool?
Under tier three rules, people are not allowed to meet indoors with anyone who isn’t part of their household or support bubble, and can only meet outdoors in specific public venues, including parks and beaches, as long as the rule of six is observed.
Pubs and bars must close unless they can operate as restaurants, and alcohol can only be served as part of a meal.
In Liverpool, bars have shut altogether.
‘The new restrictions in Liverpool do not currently impact on filming in the city region,’ a Liverpool City Council spokesperson told Metro.co.uk in a statement.
‘The Film Office is working closely with every single production to ensure Covid-safe measures are in place and are being adhered to in accordance with rigorous industry protocols.’
The Liverpool Echo reported in September that the film’s producers had opted to use extras who are not from Liverpool, due to an apparent understanding that it would be easier to make them isolate in the city.
The belief from the film’s producers appears to be that extras from Liverpool would be more likely to have friends and family members nearby, and therefore there could be a temptation to break quarantine and meet them – a temptation that might not exist for extras who have no connection to the city.
The Batman movie filming locations in Liverpool
Gotham City is being patched together using scenes shot in locations around the world, and several Liverpool landmarks will feature prominently in The Batman.
On Thursday, Pattinson’s stunt double was pictured leaning over the edge of the Liver Building with his arms spread wide and cables, thankfully, holding him in place.
The Guide Liverpool reports that a funeral scene has been filmed at St George’s Hall, which had its steps decked in wreaths and bouquets, and that Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz, who plays Catwoman, were filmed riding motorbikes at Anfield Cemetery.
Numerous buses, police cars and barriers carrying the markings of Gotham City have also been spotted in locations around the city.
And Liverpool isn’t the only UK city that has been used for filming. Scenes have also been shot at the Necropolis Cemetery in Glasgow, and the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.