Even The Batman with all of his gadgets, doesn’t have anything in his utility belt to stop the havoc of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s been confirmed today that Warner Bros. has decided to stop production on the Matt Reeves’ film.
“Warner Bros. Pictures feature production of The Batman will be on a two-week hiatus starting today,” reads an official statement from Warner Bros. “The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
While there were plans in place for the movie to move from London to Liverpool in an effort to protect those working on the DC Comics adaptation, the ongoing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus mean that a two-week hiatus has been decided as the best course of action.
This coincides with what every other major studio has decided to do, and the situation will more than likely be reassessed at the end of March. However, with UK predicted to get worse, there is a good possibility that The Batman could be heavily impacted by COVID-19..
Variety’s Justin Kroll notes that, “Sources telling me MATRIX still in production as majority of shoot is in soundstage in Berlin where they are taking precautions while KING RICHARD shoot has already been reworked because of bad weather in Los Angeles.” There’s no word on the next Fantastic Beasts movie, but seeing as it was set to start shooting in the UK on Monday, chances are it too will be delayed.
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According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) there are now 1,629 reported cases in the United States. Of these, 41 have resulted in death. Jurisdictions reporting cases are 46 states and the District of Columbia.
Variety was the first to report this.