Robert Pattinson cut a sombre figure as filming continued for The Batman at Liverpool's St George's Hall, despite the city entering the highest tier of lockdown on Wednesday.

The actor, 34, donned a black suit and a matching face mask as his character Bruce Wayne attended the funeral of Gotham's mayor, along with Zoe Kravitz's stunt double in the midst of recording scenes as Catwoman.

Filming for The Batman has continued this week despite furious backlash from locals as the city became the first in the UK to reach the COVID-19 alert level of 'very high,' meaning pubs and restaurants would close and households are banned from mixing.

Moving: Robert Pattinson, 34, cut a sombre figure as filming continued for the big-budget DC blockbuster The Batman at Liverpool's St George's Hall

Robert transformed into the role of millionaire Bruce Wayne as he arrived to attend the mayor's funeral along with swathes of mourners.

Standing: He was joined by co-star Zoe Kravitz's stunt double, standing in for the actress to record scenes as Catwoman

Much of the cast and crew donned face masks between scenes to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 after production was shut down last month when star Robert tested positive.

Robert filmed his entrance into the City Hall for the moving service, briefly pausing to observe the piles of flowers that had been laid in the Mayor's honour.

Back to work: The actor donned a black suit and a matching face mask as Bruce Wayne attended the funeral of Gotham's mayor

The decision for The Batman to continue filming has sparked furious backlash from Liverpudlians who have been plunged into a relative lockdown by new COVID-19 restrictions with many questioning how work on a multi-million blockbuster can continue.

Taking to social media, one wrote: 'There were hundreds in Liverpool today filming the new Batman movie, no masks, no social distancing; this is perfectly acceptable yet we can't get married, go to a funeral or visit a relative in a care home!'

Another frustrated local questioned: 'Wonder if they'll stop filming Batman (with their hundreds of extras in Liverpool now it's in tier 3 lockdown...or is it just small businesses affected?'

A third added: 'They shouldn't be there in the first place. We're in tier 3 lockdown so if the government want us to follow the rules Hollywood actors and the crew should also be following the rules and technically shouldn't be filming in Liverpool whilst in lockdown. Batman can suck it.'

Boris Johnson announced on Monday that Liverpool had reached a local Covid alert level of 'very high', with a number of rules designed to limit further spread of the virus coming into force on Wednesday (14th October).

Guidance on the government website explaining the changes does not directly reference the film industry, only advising 'closing performing arts venues for the purposes of performing to audiences', suggesting no concerns over filming for projects such as Matt Reeves' £100million blockbuster.

While bosses could not comment on The Batman specifically, a spokeswoman for Liverpool City Council insisted the show must go on in terms of filming generally, despite concerns from locals and suggestions of hypocrisy when dozens of other workplaces are being ordered to close.

She told MailOnline: 'The new restrictions in Liverpool will not impact on filming in the city. The Film Office are working closely with every single production to ensure COVID-safe measures are in place and are being adhered.'

The new rules mean people will only be allowed out of 'Tier Three' areas for essential travel such as for work, education or health, and must return before the end of the day - although the rules will be guidance rather than legally enforced.

They cannot mix with other households in gardens, but can in outdoor public spaces subject to the Rule of Six.

Elsewhere Piers Morgan took to Twitter to slam Liverpudlians for their 'disgraceful' behaviour, after footage emerged of crowds partying in the city's streets the night before pubs were being ordered to close.

He wrote: 'Absolutely disgraceful scenes in Liverpool, which already has 2nd worst coronavirus infection rate in Europe. Imagine how health workers in the city must feel watching this?'

It was revealed last week that filming had started on the highly anticipated film, after the cinema release date was delayed until 2022 due to fears over the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Warner Bros. vans were spotted in the city centre as workmen hauled props into St George's Hall.

Filming for the £100million movie is expected to last around a week with roughly 100 actors and crew sticking to strict quarantining rules.

Colin Farrell is set to take on the villainous role of The Penguin, while Zoe Kravitz stars as Catwoman, alongside Geoffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/ The Riddler.

And while many fans marvelled at director Matt Reeves' interpretation of the iconic comic book franchise with a dark, gritty look and ominous tone, others couldn't stop praising Colin's transformation into the Penguin with prosthetics and make-up.

Before relocating to Liverpool to shoot for the blockbuster, production workers were working in the relatively low risk COVID-19 area of Leavesden in Hertfordshire.

The Batman is the latest blockbuster to be delayed because of coronavirus, raising fresh doubts over the future of hundreds of UK cinemas.

Last Monday, Warner Brothers said it would push back the release of the superhero epic, starring Twilight actor Robert, from October 2021 until March 2022, after the company's other blockbuster Dune was delayed from December 2020 to October the following year.

The Batman was forced to delay filming last month when its lead star contracted coronavirus, parts of which were due to be shot in the Liverpool location.

An insider told MailOnline: 'Today is the first day the main production unit has returned to filming and there seem to be no other hiccups at the moment.'

Meanwhile, a Warner Bros. Pictures spokesperson confirmed: 'Following a hiatus for COVID 19 quarantine precautions, filming has now resumed on The Batman in the U.K.'

The source added that a significant part of the film was supposed to be shot in Liverpool but due to coronavirus the shoot had been cancelled and re-arranged several times, shifting the completion date for the project back even further.

Liverpool will play an important role in The Batman as American filmmaker Matt Reeves, who is directing the upcoming superhero film, revealed recently at DC FanDome, a virtual convention held by DC Comics and Warner Bros.

During an interview, he confirmed Liverpool would be the backbone for Gotham City as they shoot the remaining 75 per cent of the film.

In September, MailOnline revealed that production crew were 'working round the clock' to try and film scenes without Robert after he contracted COVID-19 and was forced to self-isolate for two weeks.

The Hollywood actor, who was understood to have turned up on set with a temperature, had to stay away from filming for 14 days while he recovered.

It came amid fears that halting production could cost as much as £5 million with the film's director Reeves trying to film as much as he could at the Warner Bros studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, without the leading man.

Any of the 130-strong crew who did not have direct contact with Pattinson were asked to return to work and sets that had been prepared were moved from studio G to another studio.

'Anything that can be shot and does not involved Pattinson will now go ahead,' a set insider told MailOnline at the time.

'That includes scenes with his body double. The aim is to get as much done as possible before he returns and the hope is that none of the other actors get the virus.

'Crew can be replaced as most are freelance and hired for the duration of the shoot but it would be disastrous if another major actor gets the virus.

'Production staff are working round the clock to get things moving and allow some filming to take place.'

MailOnline revealed how The Batman was thrown into chaos after Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19, after arriving at the studio and told the on-set nurse he had an 'elevated temperature.'

A subsequent electronic temperature test meant he was sent home and told to undergo a test for the virus.

This article is republished from Daily Mail Online. Read the original article.

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