The Batman is among the UK productions given the go-ahead to resume filming.
In an exclusive report from British newspaper The Guardian, it has been revealed that The Batman is one of many UK-based productions to be given the go-ahead to proceed filming perhaps as early as July, as the UK government and health bodies have signed off on the new safety guidelines.
Principal photography of the Matt Reeves film had begun in January this year in London, England before it was temporarily suspended on March 14 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Though Warner Bros. initially intended for a two-week shut down, it soon became clear that it would be longer than that. And, following that, Reeves confirmed via social media that filming had been suspended indefinitely.
With these safety guidelines in place, other film productions such as a third Fantastic Beasts film and Walt Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid can also resume filming.
Drawn up by both the British Film Commission and British Film Institute, it features rules on distancing, safety training and temperature tests. The document was then signed off by Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden stated:
“We’ve worked hard to support the industry though these difficult times and I’m delighted we’ve been able to agree this step forwards towards getting the cameras rolling safely again.”
Centering on a young, but established caped crusader early on in his crime-fighting career The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál and Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson.
Matt Reeves is directing from a screenplay he has co-written with Mattson Tomlin. Reeves and Dylan Clark are producing for Pearl Street Films in association with 6th and Idaho Productions. Warner Bros. is set to distribute as The Batman will glide into theaters October 1, 2021.
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