The Batman set has reportedly been thrown into ‘chaos’ this week after a crew member tested for coronavirus.
Production on the blockbuster, starring Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz and Colin Farrell, was underway at the Warner Bros. studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire when it was allegedly brought to an abrupt halt.
An insider told the Mail Online: ‘We have been sent a memo telling us that a member of the crew has had a positive Covid-19 test.
‘Everyone was talking on the set about it. We do not know who has tested positive, but it has caused chaos to the schedule.’
It’s claimed the shutdown could cost Warner Bros. hundreds of thousands of pounds and possibly even delay the release, which is currently set for October 1, 2021in the UK.
Director Matt Reeves reportedly has three more months of filming scheduled.
The source added: ‘Everyone was looking forward to getting back to work and its come as a blow that production has stopped just three days after we began filming.
‘We have all been told to stand down until further notice and we are not expecting to be back filming for at least two weeks.’
They then quipped: ‘There is a irony to all this in that you would think Batman would be immune seeing as it all started from bats.’
Production on The Batman was first halted in March when the coronavirus lockdown kicked in. It forced cast members including Pattinson and Kravitz to remain in the UK
Just last week, Zoe, 31, was spotted arriving at JFK airport in New York with her husband Karl Glusman and their dog Scout, for a flight to London to get back to work.
Zoe will star as the new Catwoman alongside Robert, 32, as the titular caped crusader and Farrell as The Penguin.
A trailer for The Batman premiered last month and teased Twilight star Robert’s brooding performance as the new Bruce Wayne.
Set to Nirvana’s Something In The Way, the trailer featured Robert wearing the full Batsuit and saving civilians from a blast, while also coming face-to-face with Catwoman.
Commissioner Gordon (Jeffery Wright) also arrived at a murder scene and read out the first of The Riddler’s (Paul Dano), well, riddles which he left for Batman.
During a DC FanDome panel, director Matt Reeves explained that The Batman will not be an origin film but will begin in Year Two of the character’s story.
This is when Catwoman, the Riddler and the Penguin (Colin Farrell) are still in their early stages of development.
It’s also the era when Batman begins to uncover the corruption within Gotham City and how it links back to the wealthy Wayne family, Variety reports.
The Batman arrives in UK cinemas on October 1, 2021.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Warner Bros. for comment.
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