The Batman plot won’t be changed due to coronavirus delays, screenwriter says

Filming on Matt Reeves’ superhero film began in January, but was delayed due to Covid-19 lockdown

Isobel Lewis
Thursday 13 August 2020 08:59
Robert Pattinson pictured as Batman in Matt Reeves teaser

The Batman writer Mattson Tomlin has reassured fans that there are no plans to change the film due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Filming for Matt Reeves’ highly anticipated comic book adaptation, which will see Robert Pattinson star as the titular superhero, began in London in January, but came to a standstill in March due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

With reports suggesting that the shoot could move from location to a studio in order to resume filming this year, many fans had questioned whether changes would be made to the original script in order to finish the film in time.

However, speaking to, screenwriter Tomlin confirmed that none of the film’s content had been changed, saying: “I mean, the movie is the movie, and I think that right now the plan is to just execute that vision.

“They were quite a way into shooting as it was,” he continued. “And so it really is just how do you finish safely? How do you make sure that everybody can show up for work and then go home and all be okay?”

Pattinson will play Batman in the 2021 film

The Batman was originally due for release on 25 June 2021, but was pushed back to 1 October 2021 due to the pandemic. The project will see Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell and Andy Serkis all star alongside Pattinson.

In May, Kravitz, who plays Catwoman, admitted that filming would be impossible while social distancing measures were still in place, explaining: “You have people just touching your face, touching your body all day long.

“I need help getting into the catsuit. I can’t do it on my own. I was probably touched more than any job, just because of the clothes and the combat and all of that.”

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