The Batman is set to restart shooting in September following the coronavirus lockdown.
The latest reports suggest Matt Reeves‘ The Batman will start filming in September after the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to production. DC Extended Universe began shooting in England earlier this year, but filming was postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown.
The production interruption led to a delay in the release date, pushing it from June 2021 to October 2021. In his debut role as The Batman, Robert Pattinson‘s Caped Crusader is taking over from Ben Affleck, who left the position upon the conclusion of the 2017 film, Justice League.
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Zoë Kravitz will star as Catwoman, while Andy Serkis plays Alfred, Jeffrey Wright portrays James Gordon, Paul Dano appears as The Riddler, and Colin Farrell as Penguin.
Reeves is taking control of the screenplay that he wrote for Mattson Tomlin. The movie follows Batman’s early years as a superhero, unlike Affleck’s version of the vigilante.
The movie will also have a dark, noir detective tone, in contrast to the bright, campy versions of the 1990s and the epic nature of Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy.
According to Variety, The Batman is going to begin production again in September. As per insiders, crews are back building sets for shooting in the past weeks in preparation to restart filming. The cameras are expected to roll again early next month.
Apparently, The Batman’s got three months of shooting left to finish, which suggests there is a possibility filming will continue till the end of 2020, even if everything goes as planned from here on.
With reports indicating the debut clip from The Batman will premiere at DC FanDome this weekend, things are heading in the right direction for the solo superhero film despite months of setbacks.
Both Kravitz and Pattinson expressed their desperation to get back on the set because they believed in the quality of the script and carried high hopes for the film. In the meantime, however, Warner Bros. is going to complete building the sets, a more significant challenge than previously imagined.
Owing to the stringent safety guidelines created as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Batman can no longer film on site, opting to instead remain in the secure setting of the production studio.
Although this involves further pre-production, it will allow a much smoother filming process, provided the cast and crew do not have to fly to various places to film.
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It will also contribute to the grimy, gritty feel of the movie, considering that classic dark projects used to shoot in small, claustrophobic studio sets to nail the lighting perfectly.
Let’s hope much more detail about The Batman will be released when the shooting begins next month.