With heightened COVID-19 restrictions introduced for Liverpool, individuals might have been shocked to see a part of the town remodeled into Gotham for filming on the brand new Batman film.
Hollywood star Robert Pattinson, who performs the Dark Knight, and an unrecognisable Colin Farrell (carrying heavy prosthetics to grow to be comedian e-book villain the Penguin) have been photographed in character on set.
Production on The Batman started in Glasgow earlier in 2020, however was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. In September, it was broadly reported that Pattinson had examined optimistic for the virus, though this was not confirmed by filmmakers Warner Bros.
Now, filming has resumed in Liverpool – in the identical week it was introduced that the town can be the primary to be positioned underneath strict Tier three restrictions, probably the most severe, as a consequence of a excessive variety of COVID-19 instances.
Photographs of the manufacturing – with Gotham police vehicles and information vans, and Batman seen using by way of the streets – have raised questions as to how filming is ready to go forward when residents are banned from socialising with different households each indoors and open air, together with in personal gardens, and bars, gyms, betting retailers, casinos and pubs that don’t serve meals are being closed.
A spokesman for Liverpool City Council assured residents that security measures are being adhered to.
“The new restrictions in Liverpool will not impact on filming in the city,” the spokesman instructed Sky News. “The Film Office is working closely with every single production to ensure COVID-safe measures are in place and are being adhered to.”
While Warner Bros has not confirmed the precise security measures in place for The Batman, it isn’t the one manufacturing to maintain filming throughout the pandemic.
In an interview in September, Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne confirmed filming had resumed on the most recent movie within the Harry Potter spin-off collection Fantastic Beasts
And actuality exhibits together with Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! are gearing up for brand new collection, with I’m A Celebrity! moved from the Australian jungle to a castle in Wales because of the pandemic.
For movies and exhibits which can be going forward, some solid and crew members have been dwelling in bubbles forward of filming when crucial, and common testing is happening.
This has proved very important, with Britain’s Got Talent and Little Mix: The Search both announcing this week that crew members had tested positive, delaying filming.
Other security measures on TV and movie units embody social distancing measures and masks for crew members and actors when they aren’t on display.
In September, Sky News joined Liz Hurley and other stars on the set of Father Christmas Is Back in York, the place solid and crew had been dwelling in a bubble for as much as 5 weeks.
Director Philippe Martinez referred to as on a danger evaluation agency, using an officer often called “COVID Dan” to verify everybody was adhering to the foundations and restrictions.
“The safety measure we employ are very stringent,” Sky News was instructed. “If you are a part of our bubble, our crew, our solid, the very first thing you do earlier than approaching to set or on any of our areas is you are temperature examined, you set a brand new masks on.
“If you are one of many crew that touches the tools, it’s essential put on gloves and it’s essential comply with a strict set of pointers, together with following a a technique system.”
On The Batman set, Pattinson has been seen sporting a masks when not on digital camera. Farrell has additionally been seen utilizing a transparent face defend in between takes, with extras and members of the crew additionally carrying face coverings.
The movie, which is directed by Matt Reeves, sees Pattinson, 34, comply with within the footsteps of actors together with Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Val Kilmer, Michael Keaton and George Clooney in enjoying the superhero.
The movie additionally stars Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth and Jeffrey Wright as Gotham City’s police chief Commissioner Gordon.