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Robert Pattinson back on set of 'The Batman' in Liverpool after coronavirus diagnosis

Ben Arnold
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Actor Robert Pattinson during filming of The Batman outside St George's Hall in Liverpool, Monday Oct. 12, 2020. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
Actor Robert Pattinson during filming of The Batman outside St George's Hall in Liverpool, Monday Oct. 12, 2020. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Robert Pattinson is back on set and filming the new Batman movie in Liverpool after returning to work following his positive coronavirus diagnosis.

The Twilight and Tenet star was spotted among the crew of the movie filming outside St George's Hall, opposite Lime Street station, which is doubling for Gotham City Hall.

Actor Robert Pattinson during filming of The Batman outside St George's Hall in Liverpool, England, Monday Oct. 12, 2020. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
Actor Robert Pattinson during filming of The Batman outside St George's Hall in Liverpool, England, Monday Oct. 12, 2020. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

With Pattinson's Bruce Wayne wearing black, the scene was that of mourners at a funeral, with dozens of extras involved.

According to reports, those in the crowd wore their masks between takes, and more than 100 background actors will be taking part in the scenes, which are being shot in the city all week.

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Other people, meanwhile, hung from nearby monuments, their faces covered and with placards, emblazoned with the slogans 'Lies, lies, lies' and 'Our day of judgment'.

(Credit: Peter Byrne/PA)
(Credit: Peter Byrne/PA)

Who the protests are aimed at specifically is not clear – but one shot shows a picture of Spooks and Whitechapel actor Rupert Penry-Jones as the person in the coffin.

It's not yet been confirmed who Penry-Jones is playing, though some fan sites have speculated that he will be Gotham mayor Don Mitchell Jr, and that he could be among the first victims of Paul Dano's The Riddler.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Extras and actors wearing face masks outside St. George's Hall, during filming of The Batman movie, which commences this week, on October 12, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Filming for the reboot film in the Batman series, directed by Matt Reeves, began in January 2020 but was put on hold due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. It is now due for release in 2020 with Robert Pattinson playing Batman.  (Photo by Colin McPherson/Getty Images)
Extras and actors wearing face masks outside St. George's Hall during filming of The Batman. (Colin McPherson/Getty Images)

Filming on director Matt Reeves' new chapter in the Batman series resumed last month after a months-long hiatus due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Prior to that, scenes had been shot in Glasgow and Warner Bros' Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire.

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However, soon after cameras began rolling again, Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19, which meant further delays for the movie.

The Liverpool shoot comes amid discussion of a significant coming lockdown in the city to curb increasing numbers of infections of the virus.

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The movie, which also star Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred and Colin Farrell as the Penguin, is due for release on 4 March, 2022.

It was delayed again last week, with Denis Villeneuve's Dune moving into its original slot in October next year.