Warner Bros’ CEO has addressed the shutdown of The Batman due Covid-19, saying they ‘never expected things to go smoothly’.
On Thursday, it was confirmed that production on the blockbuster had been suspended after a crew member tested positive for coronavirus.
Later, it was reported that it was Bruce Wayne himself, Robert Pattinson, who had tested positive.
While WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group head Ann Sarnoff refused to comment on the specifics to protect people’s privacy, she 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.’
When asked when she thinks production on films will return to normal, she said: ‘I don’t see things material changing until there is a medical solution, unless we were to reach herd immunity somehow.
‘Instead, we are just proceeding as if there won’t be and resuming production as safely as we can.’
Production on The Batman was first halted back in March when lockdown kicked in, and had only resumed in the past couple of weeks at the Warner Bros studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.
‘Highly placed sources’ told Vanity Fair that Pattinson was the ‘crew member’ who tested positive, with a spokesperson confirming: ‘A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating in accordance with established protocols.
‘Filming is temporarily paused.’
It is believed the Matt Reeves film, also starring Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano and Colin Farrell, has three months left of filming to go.
It is unclear whether this further halt will delay the release date, which is set for Octover 1, 2021.
The first trailer for The Batman dropped at the DC FanDome last month, and showed Pattinson in the Batsuit as the titular hero.
The 34-year-old actor is currently on the big screen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which was released last week in the UK and Ireland.
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