Production was halted for almost six months thanks to the coronavirus and now, just three days after it restarted, it is halted again on the set of Matt Reeves' The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight himself. Said Warner Bros. this morning about the situation: “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”
According to reports, Batman himself, Robert Pattinson is the one who tested positive. We will keep our eyes and ears open for any other information.
Unfortunately, this seems like Hollywood life right now. We're combatting this with rapid testing and precautions, but there really is no way to make a movie or TV show without expecting delays and paying an incredible amount for insurances.
This will drive the budgets up and makes me worried that smaller films and even mid-range reliable genres like horror will price themselves out of production.
While we do not have any confirmed cases halting large studio movies, we do know rapid-response tests, quarantines, and something akin to the NBA bubble works best when dealing with this worldwide dilemma.
The best-case scenario will be a vaccine that every crew member gets or some kind of booster shot that they get before every production.
The Batman is currently scheduled to open in theaters on October 1, 2021.