Now for a headline that feels like it was spat out of a 2020 name generator — The Batman has been forced to halt production after Robert Pattinson tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Matt Reeves production only resumed filming three days ago after pausing 5 1/2 months ago when the pandemic kicked to full force.

“A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.” Warner Bros shared in a statement. Offering no further details on the health of the person infected.

Vanity Fair has confirmed that it was in fact The Batman himself, Robert Pattinson, that contracted the disease. I mean if there was ever going to be a superhero to embody the mythology surrounding a virus that may or may not have stemmed from bats (have we debunked this yet?) it’s Batman.

Following the pandemic-induced shutdown, Matt Reeves revealed to Deadline that a quarter of the film was done. The film was initially slated to hit theatres in June 2021, and was subsequently pushed back to October 2021. Unless they can find a replacement actor with a jawline as chiselled as R-Patz I fear it’s likely the film is going to be delayed again.

Last month, fans were offered their first lengthy glimpse at the new film with the films debut trailer.

It wasn’t obvious at first, but the trailer is soundtracked by a haunting reworking of Nevermind closer, ‘Something in the Way’. The track is married with Michael Giacchino’s score for the movie. It’s a rare thing for a Nirvana sync to make its way into a film — the 2005 Jake Gyllenhaal-led film Jarhead famously struggled to secure the rights to the same song.

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If the trailer is anything to go off, The Batman is going to be another deliciously gritty, gloomy addition to the caped vigilante canon.

Check out the trailer for The Batman:

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