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The Batman ‘resumes production’ as Robert Pattinson ‘tests positive for coronavirus’

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes ?The Batman,? with director Matt Reeves (the ?Planet of the Apes? films) at the helm and with Robert Pattinson (?Tenet,? ?The Lighthouse,? ?Good Time?) starring as Gotham City?s vigilante detective, Batman, and billionaire Bruce Wayne. Also in the star-studded ensemble as Gotham?s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zo? Kravitz (?Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,? ?Mad Max: Fury Road?) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (?Love & Mercy,? ?12 Years a Slave?) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the ?Hunger Games? films) as the GCPD?s James Gordon; John Turturro (the ?Transformers? films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (?The Magnificent Seven,? ?Black Mass?) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Barry Keoghan (?Dunkirk?) as Officer Stanley Merkel; Jayme Lawson (?Farewell Amor?) as mayoral candidate Bella Re?l; with Andy Serkis (the ?Planet of the Apes? films, ?Black Panther?) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (?Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,? ?Dumbo?) as Oswald Cobblepot.

The Batman has reportedly resumed production (Picture: Warner Bros.)

The Batman has reportedly resumed production, following claims Robert Pattinson tested positive for coronavirus this week.

Yesterday it was confirmed that production on the Matt Reeves blockbuster had been temporarily suspended, after an unnamed crew member tested positive for coronavirus.

Later on Thursday, it was reported that it was Bruce Wayne himself, who had tested positive, meaning he’d have to quarantine for 14 days.

Now, according to Mail Online, production on the DC film has now resumed on the set in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, albeit without its Batman, apparently, with crews said to be ‘working around the clock’ to do as much without the Caped Crusador as they can.

An insider told the publication: ‘Anything that can be shot and does not involve Pattinson will now go ahead.

‘That includes scenes with his body double. The aim is to get as much done as possible before he returns and the hope is that none of the other actors get the virus.

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It’s been claimed Robert Pattinson tested positive (Picture: Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

‘Crew can be replaced as most are freelance and hired for the duration of the shoot but it would be disastrous if another major actor gets the virus.

‘Production staff are working round the clock to get things moving and allow some filming to take place.’

Variety also claimed ’leading figures in the UK film production sector…continue to have absolute faith in the measures being taken to keep cast and crew safe from Covid-19 on British sets’.

It comes after Vanity Fair reported that ‘highly placed sources’ have said Pattinson, 34, is the one to have been diagnosed, after it was confirmed the set had closed down.

Confirming production on The Batman was halted, a Warner Bros. spokesperson told earlier: ‘A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating in accordance with established protocols.

‘Filming is temporarily paused.’

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Following the reports, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group head Ann Sarnoff refused to comment on the specifics to protect people’s privacy, but did share how the company has been dealing with the pandemic.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Sarnoff said: ‘I think we never expected things to go completely smoothly. In fact, as we’ve been getting our protocols ready, we built in contingencies. If someone tests positive, you do contact tracing, you pause, you evaluate, and come back when you can.

‘I think it would have been naïve to think we wouldn’t have certain cases on certain productions. The most important thing is to be ready for when that happens. And we were very much ready.’ contacted Warner Bros for comment.

MORE: Warner Bros CEO ‘never expected The Batman to go smoothly’ as Robert Pattinson ‘tests positive for Covid-19’ after filming resumed

MORE: Robert Pattinson ‘tests positive for coronavirus’ as The Batman filming shuts down in ‘chaos’

Credit: Original article published here.

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