Matt Reeves’ The Batman is the latest film to be affected by the Coronavirus. Warner Bros. have decided to halt production of the film until further notice.
The Batman has been delayed. Warner Bros. Pictures announced that the production of their upcoming The Batman starring Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader will be suspended for two weeks starting today. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely,” the company said in a statement, Deadline reported.
Production of the superhero flick began in London in January, but was about to change locations to Liverpool but due to Coronavirus fears the studio also put the film’s production on the shelf.
Warner Bros. have also halted the filming of an Elvis Presley feature film which is currently being filmed in Australia after star Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, tested positive for the virus.
Tom Hanks allegedly brought the virus with him from the United States and travelled across many states infecting many before being tested.
The Batman cancelled: Delayed indefinitely because of Coronavirus
The Batman is not the first, nor will it be the last, film to be affected by growing concern COVID-19. Earlier this year Paramount Pictures announced that filming for the new Mission Impossible had also been delayed as the virus became critical in Italy.
Paramount made a statement explaining why they delayed filming. A spokesperson said, “It comes out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice.”
Warner Bros. highly anticipated The Matrix sequel directed by Lana Wachowski will doubtfully be delayed or cancelled as the filming is well on underway.
Although the filming has only been delayed by two weeks, it is possibly — and likely — that Warner Bros. may extend the hiatus if there are no advancements in the fight against the virus.