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2020-04-20

The Batman director Matt Reeves reveals the status of the film before the shutdown of Coronavirus

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to the entertainment industry being in an unprecedented situation. Films expected to hit theaters this spring and summer saw their release dates pushed back while films in production saw work shut down as measures were taken around the world in an effort to slow COVID-19 spread. The impact of these shutdowns may still have a long-term impact on films depending on where they were in production when the shutdowns hit, and now Batman director Matt Reeves is opening up on the status of that film, revealing that the film still has a bit left to shoot.

Reeves revealed in an interview with The Daily Beast that they only shot about a quarter of the Robert Pattinson-starring film before the shutdown of the coronavirus - and the film won't pick up again until it's "right and safe to do so"

"It was going great," Reeves said of pre-pandemic work on The Batman. "We shot about a quarter of the movie so far; we have three quarters to go. And when the time is right and it's safe to do so, we'll return to it. It was a really exciting period to be exploring. Robert is a fantastic actor, and we have so many great actors in it! It's been really, really exciting to go on this journey with them, and to feel like we are trying to do something different."

The importance of safe things is one that has a personal significance to Reeves. He explained that while trying to see the silver lining in things by currently appreciating his time with family, things were very difficult as a crew member on The Batman, Andrew Jack, died as a result of the virus.

"But it has been a really hard time, because one of our crew members out here actually got the virus and died," said Reeves. It was a very heart-rending time. It's one of those moments when you take stock of things, I think it's like everyone is, because all of a sudden their lives are on hold, and they know people get sick, and some people get very ill and die. It is very terrifying. It really makes you ponder what matters.

The time away from the movie also allowed Reeves to take stock of what they've been filming for The Batman already.

When you get to push a pause, there's that thing too. I've been working on some other movies where you have a shutdown for a variety of reasons - whether it's an actor who gets sick and needs time to recover, or actually once I've got sick and needed time to recover, Reeves said. I find that whenever you're in the middle of something huge, where you can suddenly stop and take some stock of where you're, that can be a creative gift, too. But the hardest thing I think is simply that we lost a beloved crew member. That, to me, is still something that we are all dealing with.

The Batman will star as the titular caped crusader Robert Pattinson, with Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Real, and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth.

The Batman is scheduled for release on 25 June 2021.

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