Filming of The Batman continued today in Liverpool despite the impending third tier lockdown when locals asked why Hollywood appears to be exempt from coronavirus restrictions.
Robert Pattinson and Colin Farrell, who will play Bruce Wayne and the Vicious Penguin, were both on set this morning when the council insisted that the new rules designed to destroy a multitude of businesses shouldn't affect filming in town would have.
However, banned Liverpudlians were furious and confused that filming was allowed to continue while workplaces were closed and large gatherings were drastically reduced in size or canceled altogether.
Social media wrote: “Today in Liverpool hundreds made the new Batman movie, no masks, no social distancing; That's perfectly acceptable, but we can't get married, go to a funeral, or visit a relative in a nursing home! & # 39;
Boris Johnson announced yesterday that Liverpool had hit a local Covid alert level of "very high" with a set of rules designed to limit the further spread of the virus and set to go into effect tomorrow.
The guidelines on the government website explaining the changes do not relate directly to the motion picture industry but merely advise "closing performing arts venues to perform in front of audiences" and do not raise concerns about filming projects such as Matt Reeves & # 39; £ 100 million blockbuster close.
While the bosses were unable to specifically comment on The Batman, a Liverpool city council spokeswoman insisted that in view of filming in general, despite local concerns and suggestions of hypocrisy, the show must continue if dozens of other workplaces are closed should.
She told MailOnline: & # 39; The new restrictions in Liverpool will not affect filming in the city.
"The film office works closely with every single production to ensure that covid-proof measures are taken and adhered to."
Colin Farrell (pictured left) and Robert Pattinson (pictured right) were again involved in filming The Batman in Liverpool today, despite the impending lockdown of the third stage
Despite pledges that Covid-safe measures have been outlined and pressures to ensure they are followed, including the crew wearing face covers, many expressed concern about the apparent lack of social distancing during the filming
The guidelines on the government website explaining the changes do not relate directly to the film industry, but merely advise “closing performing arts venues to perform in front of an audience” and do not raise concerns about filming projects such as Matt Reeves & # 39; multi-million pound blockbuster close
Liverpool City Council insisted that the new rules, which are designed to destroy a multitude of businesses, would not affect filming in the city
Colin Farrell put on makeup for his role as the penguin while filming The Batman in Liverpool city center this morning
Robert Pattinson walks down the steps in front of St George & # 39; s Hall in Liverpool as filming continues today despite the city being embroiled in a tier three lock
While the bosses were unable to specifically comment on The Batman, a Liverpool city council spokeswoman insisted that in view of filming in general, despite local concerns and suggestions of hypocrisy, the show must continue if dozens of other workplaces are closed should
Flowers pictured at left and actors and extras pictured with signs at right during the filming of The Batman, which takes place in Liverpool on Tuesday, despite impending new restrictions
Another frustrated local asked, "I wonder if they're going to stop filming Batman (with their hundreds of extras in Liverpool, it's locked in Tier 3 now … or is it just affecting small businesses?"
A third added, “You shouldn't be there at all. We're in Tier 3 lockdown. If the government wants us to follow the rules then Hollywood actors and crew should also follow the rules and technically not film in Liverpool while in lockdown. Batman can suck it. & # 39;
The new rules mean that people can only be released from tier three areas for important trips such as work, education or health and must return before the end of the day – although the rules are more guidelines than legally enforced.
They cannot mix with other households in gardens, but in public spaces outside, which are subject to the rule of six.
Restaurants are allowed to open, but only in accordance with the curfew, and can serve alcohol as long as someone is eating a “substantial” meal, as stated in No. 10.
When businesses are forced to close, the government pays two-thirds of each employee's salary, up to a maximum of £ 2,100 per month. Mr Johnson said the total assistance offered would be around £ 1 billion.
Liverpool is the only area in the top tier so far and the city is going beyond the basic restrictions by closing leisure centers, gyms, betting shops and casinos. Mr Johnson indicated last night that other hotspots were resisting and wiped out that it would be "unforgivable" not to consent to the raids.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson tweeted to say he found out "no but" about what would be imposed on his city.
"Let's make it clear that after ignoring my appeals for over a month, the government is now blaming us and imposing a 'dictation lockdown' without a full financial package and support for companies we are downgrading from moving forward ", he said.
"We will continue to advocate our local businesses."
It was revealed last week that filming of the highly anticipated film had begun after the cinema's release date was postponed to 2022 amid pandemic fears.
Warner Bros. delivery vans were discovered in the city center as workers hauled props into St. George & # 39; s Hall.
Filming for the £ 100 million film is expected to take about a week. Around 100 actors and crew members adhere to strict quarantine rules.
Before moving to Liverpool to shoot for the blockbuster, production workers worked in the relatively low risk COVID-19 area in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.
One frustrated social media user wrote: “Today hundreds of people shot the new Batman movie in Liverpool, no masks, no social distancing; That's perfectly acceptable, but we can't get married, go to a funeral, or visit a relative in a nursing home! & # 39;
A third added, “You shouldn't be there at all. We're in Tier 3 lockdown. If the government wants us to obey the rules, Hollywood actors and crew should obey the rules too and technically not film in Liverpool while in lockdown. Batman can suck it & # 39;
The footage recorded in front of the hall yesterday, shown on the left and right, showed very little social distancing
Extras involved in filming The Batman in Liverpool yesterday wore face masks to help limit the spread of the coronavirus
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A source told MailOnline: “Quite a few of us are surprised, to say the least, that around 100 people at a film studio in Hertfordshire are being asked to go to a high risk area in the northwest.
'However, to be fair to the production company, they are testing for coronavirus.
“We were told it was all work, food and sleep. We even have to eat alone in our hotel rooms. Even though it's a Hollywood movie, it's not exactly glamorous. & # 39;
Last week studio workers were seen setting up the set in St. George & # 39; s Hall, which will also double as Gotham City Hall.
There was a sign saying "City Hall" at the entrance to St. George's and an old-fashioned red and white car was parked nearby.
One worker said at the time, “Right now it's just preparatory work. We haven't seen Robert Pattinson or anyone else, but it will start very soon. & # 39;
Liverpool will play a major role in The Batman, as American filmmaker Matt Reeves, who directs the upcoming superhero film, was recently revealed at the DC FanDome, a virtual meeting of DC Comics and Warner Bros.
During an interview, he confirmed that Liverpool would be the backbone of Gotham City as the remaining 75 percent of the film is being shot.
In September, MailOnline announced that the production teams were working 24/7 to film scenes without Robert after signing COVID-19 and being forced to self-isolate for two weeks.
The Hollywood actor who was believed to have turned up on set with a temperature was forced to stay away from filming for 14 days while he recovered.
It came out of fear that if the film's director, Reeves, tries to film as much as possible at the Warner Bros. studio in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, without filming the lead man, it could cost up to £ 5 million to stop production.
Each of the 130-strong crew who had no direct contact with Pattinson were asked to return to work, and the prepared sets were moved from Studio G to another studio.
"Anything that can be shot that does not affect Pattinson will now continue," an insider told MailOnline.
& # 39; That includes scenes with his body twice. The goal is to get as much done as possible before he comes back and the hope is that none of the other actors get the virus.
& # 39; Crew can be replaced as most are freelance and hired for the duration of the filming. However, it would be disastrous if another lead actor got the virus.
"The production staff work around the clock to get things moving and to facilitate some shooting."
The Batman is the latest blockbuster to be delayed due to the coronavirus, raising new doubts about the future of hundreds of UK cinemas.
Last Monday, Warner Brothers said it would postpone the release of the superhero epic starring Twilight actor Robert Pattinson from October 2021 to spring 2022.
It was also revealed that the science fiction film Dune was postponed from December to October next year. Cinemas are now facing an existential threat from a large-scale release drought.
On Monday, Cineworld closed all 128 UK cinemas, putting 5,500 jobs at risk, until spring was postponed following the release of the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die.
Odeon has announced that it will only open 30 out of 120 locations over the weekend. Social distancing and people's fear of contracting the virus keep most of the viewers at home.
Tenet, directed by Christopher Nolan, cost $ 300 million (£ 228 million) – much less than its previous film Dunkirk, which cost £ 400 million.
The subdued response startled executives and triggered a number of shifts.
Warner Bros. has been asked to comment on the ongoing filming.
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