Matt Reeves’ Batman is the latest Hollywood blockbuster to halt production due to the threat of the Coronavirus, but will only be doing so for two weeks.
This is hardly surprising news, because over the last few days every major Hollywood studio has announced that filming will be stopped on their movies as the pandemic continues to spread across the world.
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Warner Bros released a simple statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday that confirmed production on the film had indeed been halted. “Warner Bros. Pictures feature production of The Batman will hiatus filming for two weeks beginning today. The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
Production on The Batman has been taking place across England over the last few weeks, and was just about to move to the North West and Liverpool when the decision to halt shooting was taken.
Other Warner Bros films that are now in jeopardy are The Matrix reboot, which recently wrapped filming in San Francisco but has just moved to Berlin, while Fantastic Beasts 3 is still scheduled to start on Monday in London.
The Hollywood Reporter are now predicting that studios could lose as much as $20 billion because of the impact of the Coronovirus, as they look to fit their new delayed releases into the already tight movie schedule, and audiences undoubtedly wary about returning to cinemas.
Warner Bros will be hopeful that they won’t have to delay the release of The Batman, which is still scheduled to hit cinemas on June 25, 2021, and will see Robert Pattinson star as the titular superhero alongside Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell.