Following President Trump’s National Emergency declaration on Friday, Hollywood has announced production closures on many big and small Movies. One studio that appeared to be immune from the sudden closures was Warner Bros. It was previously reported that “The Batman,” and “The Matrix 4,” would carry on production as planned. Now all of a sudden, “The Batman,” is taking a two-week production hiatus.
The first major film to announce they were shutting down was the Elvis biopic, starring Tom Hanks. Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for Coronavirus. “Elvis” went on hiatus in Australia, and several more films followed in its footsteps. “The Batman” had started shooting on a sound stage in London and was heading to Liverpool for on-location filming. Now, Warner Bros. has pulled the plug and postponed the upcoming shoot.
Warner Bros. has not said when or how long production was going to continue. It’s unclear at the moment whether this temporary hiatus will impact the June 2021 release date. “The Matrix 4” meanwhile is continuing to shoot in Berlin. Warner Bros. has moved the shooting into a soundstage where safety measures are being put in place to protect the crew.
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Robert Pattinson has become the new Bruce Wayne and will be donning up the suit as “The Batman.” Warner Bros. has also brought in Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Colin Farrell is the new Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth.
“The Batman” joins a long string of films that have been put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, Universal announced that “Jurassic World: Dominion” and “Flint Strong,” would be placed on hiatus, while Sony has placed Kevin Hart’s upcoming film “The Man From Toronto,” on hiatus as well.