BATMAN Begins in Chicago Friday

BATMAN Begins in Chicago Friday

The long-awaited moment is here: Chicago will become Gotham once again. THE BATMAN Director Matt Reeves and his team will roll cameras in Chicago beginning this Friday, October 16. The two-weekend shoot will continue through Sunday, October 18, then conclude on the following weekend of October 24 and 25.

We Have the Answer! Will Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell Be in Chicago?

So the question Robert Pattinson and Colin Farrell fans might be asking right now is... who's coming to the Windy City this week? Will Pattinson, Farrell, and the ensuing throngs of adoring fans be descending upon downtown Chicago for this two-weekend stint? It looks like the answer is no. Pattinson and Farrell, alongside Zoe Kravitz who is playing Catwoman, are currently filming overseas in the UK in Liverpool and indications are they will be staying put in the UK while the Chicago team is filming.

BATMAN Under Fire in the UK Amid Local Protest?

Daily Mail reports the DC blockbuster is receiving furious backlash from Liverpool locals as the city became the first in the UK to reach the COVID-19 alert level of 'very high,' meaning pubs and restaurants would close and households are banned from mixing. Despite this highest tier of lockdown, THE BATMAN has permission to film and proceeded with production this week at Liverpool's St George's Hall. Click here for the full story from the Daily Mail, as well as on-set photos of Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell, and Zoe Kravitz.

And for good measure, here is some fan footage from Liverpool local Courtney Neary from the set of the UK shoot with Pattinson and Kravitz this week:

More About the Chicago Shoot

THE BATMAN's production team has been busy prepping all week at Keslow Camera, who is providing the extensive large-scale camera gear for this brief but ambitious bout of filming in the Windy City.

Sources tell SCREEN that filming is expected to take place mostly in downtown Chicago, capturing some action-packed scenes with extensive driving sequences and a massive number of cameras in play. While it is a relatively brief shoot, THE BATMAN is bringing a large-scale production that will employ plenty of Chicago and Illinois professionals.

ICYMI: The New Trailer Is Epic

The comic book world was aflutter earlier this summer as Matt Reeves released a teaser trailer at DC Fandome, despite only 25 percent of the movie being shot before the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look at this gritty and thrilling trailer, with Pattinson joined by co-stars Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright’s James Gordon, Paul Dano’s creepy Riddler, the voice of Andy Serkis’ Alfred, and Colin Farrell's dramatic transformation as The Penguin:

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