It seems that Hollywood actors, despite how invincible they seem on the silver screen, aren’t immune to the coronavirus.
After Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson announced he and his family had all tested positive for COVID-19, the next Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, has tested positive for the deadly virus.
In case you’re still scratching your head, it’s Robert Pattinson, of tween novel and movie franchise Twilight fame.
Filming had originally been planned a lot earlier, but due to the coronavirus pandemic and increasingly stringent border restrictions across the globe, it had to be halted in March 2020. Six whole months went by before filming could resume again.
When the United Kingdom finally eased restrictions, allowing actors to fly into the country for movie shoots, things seemed like they were about to get back on schedule.
Filming for The Batman had only just resumed a few days ago in London, only to be suspended again once Pattinson was confirmed positive.
Initially, Warner Bros. had released a statement saying that a member of the production team was self-isolating, but did not say who exactly.
“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused,” said a Warner Bros. spokeswoman in a statement to AFP.
Vanity Fair claims to have confirmation that it was indeed Pattinson that tested positive for the virus, thanks to “a highly placed source,” says the publication.
However, attempts to reach the actor’s representative did not yield any response.
The Batman, directed by Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves is set in Bruce Wayne’s second year of vigilantism.
The protagonist finds himself struggling to solve a series of gruesome murders, and eventually crosses paths with The Riddler (Paul Dano) and Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz), as well as the notorious Oswald Cobblepot (Colin Farrell), otherwise known as The Penguin.