Robert Pattinson ‘tests positive for COVID-19’ as UK filming on The Batman halted


British actor Robert Pattinson has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, forcing filming of his new movie The Batman to be suspended in the UK.

Warner Bros said a member of production had coronavirus and was isolating but has not confirmed the name of the individual.

Vanity Fair and the Hollywood Reporter said the person who tested positive was Pattinson, who plays the caped crusader in the new blockbuster. The reports cited unnamed sources.

Robert Pattinson is The Batman. Pic: Warner Bros
Robert Pattinson stars in The Batman. Pic: Warner Bros

“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused,” a Warner Bros spokeswoman said.

Production on the movie had resumed near London just a few days ago after a break of nearly six months due to the pandemic.

Filming on the DC Comics feature began in Glasgow earlier this year, and director Matt Reeves has said about a quarter of the movie has been shot so far.

Twilight star Pattinson follows in the footsteps of Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Val Kilmer and George Clooney in playing the Dark Knight.

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The Batman was originally supposed to be in cinemas next June but was delayed to 1 October 2021.

Among the villains in the new film will be The Riddler played by Paul Dano, and Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz).

Last month, the first trailer was released, showing the pair, as well as Pattinson as a brooding Bruce Wayne, a dark and gritty Gotham, and Batman’s new Batmobile and Batcycle.

Robert Pattinson in The Batman. Pic: Warner Bros
Pattinson as the caped crusader. Pic: Warner Bros

The two-minute video, which premiered at the virtual DC FanDome convention, is set to Nirvana’s haunting 1991 track Something In The Way.

The trailer kicks off with an anonymous villain taping up a victim’s head. Although his identity is obscured by a gas mask, it seems likely it’s The Riddler.

“No more lies” is scrawled across the duct tape in red marker pen.

A distorted voice, thought to be that of The Riddler, reads out a rhyme: “From your secret friend. Who? Haven’t a clue? Let’s play a game, just me and you.”

The same voice is later heard saying: “If you are justice, please do not lie. What is the price for your blind eye?”

The Riddler is a criminal mastermind who loves to incorporate word plays and puzzles into his evil schemes.

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