With Batman suffering serious delays due to the Covid pandemic, it’s somewhat fitting that director Matt Reeves was forced to miss the film’s world premiere in New York after testing positive for the virus. Having been vaccinated and boosted, Reeves doesn’t seem to suffer much from the effects of the virus. However, since the pandemic is still a part of life, the director was unfortunately unable to attend the event in person and instead turned himself in via video message.
Reeves attended the London premiere this weekend, but his recent test prevented him from mingling with the film’s stars and fans at the event held at New York’s Lincoln Center on Tuesday. While Robert Pattinson, Paul Dano, Zoe Kravitz and others were in attendance, Reeves sent this message via video, which was shared by Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh. He said:
“I’m sorry I can’t be with you tonight, we were touring the film and doing the press tour, and despite my double vaccination and boost, I caught Covid. The good news is that I’m healthy and well, but I’m not with you and that’s a big heartbreak for me because this film means so much to me. It’s been a five-year journey for me and I’m really glad we’re sharing it with you tonight.
Of course, being vaccinated doesn’t prevent someone from getting Covid, but as Reeves said, he is healthy and has no viral symptoms.