Last week, the United Kingdom's government was ready to let certain blockbusters to resume filming in its country, which included Robert Pattinson's The Batman.
However, it was reported last month that multiple studios were facing difficulties in implementing safety measures for larger projects, such as Jurassic World: Dominion, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and The Batman. This explains the latest production news for The Batman, which involves pretty drastic measures in order to pick up shooting again.
Kris Tapley is reporting that The Batman will begin production again in September, but, that all planned shooting locations have been scrapped and that everything will be built and shot in-studio.
Hearing THE BATMAN picks back up in September. All locations scrapped. Building everything in studio now.— Kris Tapley (@kristapley) July 13, 2020
However, Tapley does not specify where these sets would be built and shoot, whether in U.S. or the U.K. studios. It is likely the latter due to The Batman's initial plans to shoot in the U.K..
WHAT THIS MEANS
It seems that in order to properly adhere to new safety guidelines against the potential spread of the coronavirus on set, Warner Brothers has decided to no longer film on-location and to build every set in the studio. Despite this loss, fans shouldn't be too worried since Matt Reeves is already very experienced with big-budget CGI projects with his Planet of the Apes movies.
Additionally, arguably one of the best representations of Gotham on film was Tim Burton's Batman, which was entirely built as a studio set. The Batman's new set up could end up potentially being beneficial for production designer James Chinlund, who would have even more control over the look of the crime-filled city if they're able to build it from scratch.
If they're able to begin shooting again in September, The Batman could still release October 2021.