The Batman inches closer to resuming production in the UK

The Coronavirus pandemic may still be with us, but it’s just about time for The Batman to return to doling out justice in Gotham.

The Batman shut down on March 14, and ever since then it has been a waiting game to see when it would resume production. While getting a multi-million dollar movie back into production, it was also evident that it shouldn’t be rushed as the film lost a crew member to the virus during the shutdown.

As time has passed, however, the U.K. government worked on its guidelines for film and TV productions to resume, and it appears that everything is ready to go.

Over the weekend, U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced that several films are preparing to resume production. The list includes Mission: Impossible 7, Jurassic World: Dominion, Fantastic Beasts 3, Cinderella, the live-action The Little Mermaid, and The Batman.

The films will find production a different beast than they have before. The films will be restricted to “bubble” style environments where the cast and crew will need to live close to where filming is occurring.  They will also be restricted from venturing into the surrounding communities.

“The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain,” Dowden said. “Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in-demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy. We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again.”

The filming shutdown already caused a delay in the film’s release. Hopefully, there won’t be any more, but this is definitely a brave new world of film production and there’s not telling what else might change.

The Batman is currently scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 1, 2021.