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'The Batman' halts filming due to crew member getting coronavirus

The latest adaptation of the DC superhero franchise, starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Matt Reeves, had resumed in the U.K. after pausing due to the pandemic.

Warner Bros.' superhero thriller "The Batman" has suspended filming in the United Kingdom after a crew member tested positive for coronavirus.

"A member of 'The Batman' production has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating in accordance with established protocols," a Warner Bros. spokesperson said on Thursday in a statement to NBC News. "Filming is temporarily paused."

News of the shutdown comes days after the gritty comic book adventure went back into production following months-long filming delays. "The Batman," starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, was about seven weeks into filming when they had to turn off cameras due to the pandemic. The movie has approximately three months of material left to shoot and hopes to be done filming by the end of the year.

Numerous productions were put on pause when the virus began to intensify last spring, and very few blockbusters have resumed filming amid the global health crisis. "Jurassic World: Dominion" was the first major movie to restart and has been back to work at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. since July.

Universal Pictures, the studio releasing the latest "Jurassic" sequel, has taken expensive and extensive measures to ensure the set will remain coronavirus-free. Those safety procedures involve everything from routine temperature checks to renting out a hotel for the cast and crew for 20 weeks.

Since production for "The Batman" was put on hold, Warner Bros. pushed back its theatrical release and now plans to unveil the movie on the big screen on Oct. 1, 2021.

Matt Reeves is directing "The Batman," which also stars Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Jayme Lawson, Andy Serkis and Colin Farrell round out the cast.

Reeves, in a recent panel during DC FanDome, revealed that "The Batman" takes place during "Year Two" of the Dark Knight's emergence — before his enemies have become full-fledged supervillains.

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