Friday, June 14, 2024

Actor Robert Pattinson Star of “Tenet” Tests Positive for COVID-19, Shuts Down Production on “The Batman”


Robert Pattinson is no vampire after all. He’s human.

The co-star of “Tenet,” opening tomorrow, has tested positive for COVID 19. The result is that production on “The Batman,” Matt Reeves’ new caped crusader movie, has shut down.

Each are Warner Bros. movies.

“Tenet” — which I reviewed on Monday– was postponed many times because theaters aren’t open everywhere. As it is, “Tenet” will not play in New York, New Jersey. California and parts of many states. It cost upwards of $200 million to make and has already earned around $53 million around the world.

Warner Bros. will only say: “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”

Well, Warner’s can use this as a publicity hook: If only Robert Pattinson really could go back in time, he could stop himself from getting infected!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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