Update: Filming for Robert Pattinson’s The Batman has been stopped for a second time by coronavirus, though this time it’s being reported that Pattinson himself has tested positive for the virus.
Vanity Fair and The Hollywood Reporter both cite multiple sources who say he tested positive a few days after filming resumed somewhere in Hertfordshire.
This adds another break in production after the six month hiatus which followed the general outbreak of the pandemic back in March.
“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols,” a Warner Bros spokesperson said. “Filming is temporarily paused.”
We haven’t heard any confirmation or dismissal of the reports from Pattinson himself as yet, but he’s currently self-isolating for a fortnight before filming can recommence. The Batman had been slated to arrive in June next year, but after the delay this year it’s been moved back to October instead.
Original, 24 August: On Saturday, Warner Bros. released the first teaser trailer for The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson in the lead role, surrounding a DC FanDome panel.
The trailer immediately starts off with a moody tone; Nirvana’s “Something in the Way” plays softly as viewers wait to meet Robert Pattinson in the bat suit. Paul Dano as The Riddler leaves a series of ominous notes for Batman, signed “from your secret friend.”
The first glimpse we get of him comes in the form of a few slow footsteps. Then we see his face, cloaked under Batman’s mask, his body language as filled with angst as ever. We also see Pattinson, sans mask, long hair framing his grim face, as chaos continues around him. Did he draw inspiration for this role by listening to The Smiths in a dimly lit room and not smiling for several weeks? Because wow, this dude is giving off some serious dark moods.
But, then again, Batman has never been Mr. Congeniality.
We also get a very quick look at Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, a role that has been filled in the past by Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway, Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer, and more. On her Instagram account, Kravitz posted the trailer with the simple caption, “oh. here’s #TheBatman – #DCFandome Teaser Trailer 🦇 +🐱.”
Her Big Little Lies co-star Reese Witherspoon commented with “More More More!” Her dad, Lenny Kravitz, wrote, “I love you.”
At the end of the teaser, “2021,” the film’s release year, is written like “?0?1,” which is supposed to be a reference to the Riddler, but it’s also just a whole pandemic mood in itself.