September 8, 2020 -- Filming of “The Batman” movie halted in England after actor Robert Pattinson -- who plays the lead role -- tested positive for coronavirus, Vanity Fair and other media outlets reported.
Without mentioning Pattinson, Warner Bros. issued a statement this week saying “a member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused,” Vanity Fair said.
Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and other media outlets identified Pattinson, 34, as the person who tested positive. It’s not known how Pattinson became infected and whether he’s showing any symptoms.
Production of “The Batman” began earlier this year but halted in March because of the pandemic. Filming resumed a few days ago only to shut down again because of the positive test.
Variety reported that people who came in contact with Pattinson are also quarantining while construction work on sets and props continues at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, a commercial and residential area in Hertfordshire, England.
Citing a source familiar with protocols for U.K.-based film productions, Variety said people who test positive must quarantine for at least 10 days. They can come back to work if a follow-up test is negative, and they are asymptomatic. Anybody on the production would need to quarantine for 14 days if they came within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes, Variety said.
The movie is scheduled to be released in October 2021.
News stories about Pattison’s positive test came out Thursday, one day after actor Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson announced on Instagram that he and his family had tested positive. Johnson said they were infected by contact with “very close friends.”
In addition, actor Michael Rooker posted a Facebook message on Friday saying that he had been “isolating in this crazy awesome Airstream of mine” after testing positive for COVID-19. His post referenced “fighting off COVID-19” and was accompanied by a picture showing that he had now received a negative test result.
Other actors who have tested positive for coronavirus include Bryan Cranston, Antonio Banderas, Alyssa Milano, Mel Gibson, Anna Camp, Daniel Dae Kim, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Debi Mazar, and Idris Elba.