The Batman films in Liverpool during lockdown

Leo Dawson dives into the news that The Batman has started filming in Liverpool, despite strict COVID restrictions.

Leo Dawson
18th October 2020
Image credit: Pixabay
Despite the city’s strict lockdown rules and Robert Pattinson’s recent recovery from a positive COVID test, Matt Reeves’ The Batman has been filming all week long in Liverpool’s city centre.

After several production delays, all due to coronavirus related restrictions, cameras are once again rolling for The Batman – now set for release in 2022. 

On the steps of St George’s Hall this week, Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse (2019), Good Time (2017) was seen alongside an unrecognisable Colin Farrell (The Gentlemen, 2019), made up in full facial prosthetics as supervillain Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin. Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies), the newest actress to take up the role of Catwoman, was also spotted on set. She appeared arm in arm with John Turturro (The Big Lebowski, 1998) who will play mobster and infamous Batman villain Carmine Falcone.

Director Matt Reeves wore a face mask while filming, along with the majority of the extras and the main stars, only removing them when the camera was rolling. This comes after news that Liverpool will be placed under one of the strictest lockdowns in England under the newly introduced tier system. However, the film industry has been allowed to forego the majority of these rules, as long as on-location sets are made ‘COVID-secure’.

Liverpool is the second UK location to serve as a stand-in for the fictional Gotham City with Glasgow Cathedral used earlier in the year for a Batmobile car chase. In both cases, there has been huge social media buzz with many fans visiting the set to get a glimpse of Pattinson’s Batman and now their first look at Kravitz’ Selina Kyle.

The Batman is set to release in March 2022.

Feature image credit: IMDb

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