Batman Is Back as Pattinson Returns to Set

Batman Is Back as Pattinson Returns to Set

THE BATMAN is back to work in the UK as multiple sources confirm star Robert Pattinson returned to set on Thursday morning, after he contracted coronavirus and halted production for two weeks. A Warner Bros. Pictures spokesperson confirmed to the UK's Daily Mail: 'Following a hiatus for COVID-19 quarantine precautions, filming has now resumed on THE BATMAN in the U.K.' Click here for photos of Pattinson back on set, courtesy of Daily Mail.

Pattinson's return is great news for Chicago as SCREEN recently reported director Matt Reeves and his team are indeed expected to film scenes for THE BATMAN in Chicago this fall, and the anticipated target date is still late October.

When, Where, What

While THE BATMAN will soon be landing in Chicago, do not expect filming for months on end, with epic car chases and toppling buildings, as was the case when Christopher Nolen filmed extensively in downtown proper for his 2008 hit THE DARK KNIGHT. The Chicago shot list for this latest Caped Crusader iteration will be relatively succinct, with a filming schedule expected to last around one to two weeks, with at least a month of pre-production leading up to that shoot. Sources tell SCREEN to expect most of the filming to be exterior shots downtown, perhaps amid iconic Chicago landmarks such as the Thompson Center or Board of Trade. As for the scale of these shots, and whether A-Listers Robert Pattinson and Colin Farrell will be making the trip, those details will become much clearer in the coming weeks.

It will be a much quicker trip through Chicago in 2020 for the iconic superhero than it was in 2007-2008, but it's a trip nonetheless.

One Thing Is Certain: The New Trailer Is Epic

The comic book world was aflutter last month 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:

As Chicago production dates and additional details for THE BATMAN surface, please check back here at Screen Magazine for the latest. Until then, there is one definite date you can circle on your calendar, as DC has announced THE BATMAN will be released on Oct. 1, 2021.