“A great sorrow for me”

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After several changes to the release schedule due to the pandemic, “The Batman” finally rolled out the red carpet for its world premiere at Lincoln Center in New York on Tuesday night.

Although Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz and other stars were in attendance, a key contributor to the evening was missing. Matt Reeves, the director behind the new DC adaptation, was unable to attend the event after being diagnosed with Covid. After the onstage cast introduction, Reeves explained his absence through a live video call ahead of the film’s screening, variety.com reports.

“We were doing the film tour and doing the press tour. Despite double vaccination and a booster, I caught Covid,” Reeves said, sending a wave of disappointment through the crowd.

“The good news is that I’m healthy, I’m fine. But I’m not with you. It’s heartbreaking for me because this movie means so much to me. It’s been a five-year journey for me and I’m so thrilled that we’re sharing it with you tonight.”

“I want to thank from the bottom of my heart the incredible team that we made this film with. They are such incredible craftsmen, artists… (They are) the best team we have ever worked with. I know you there are so many of you tonight. I’m so sad not to be here with you,” Reeves continued, before continuing with a joke.

“I would like to thank each and every one of you, name by name, even though they informed me that this movie we made is quite long.”

The premiere itself remained Covid-sensitive, with seats left empty between audience members. “The Batman” will begin its theatrical run with previews Thursday night. Warner Bros. tentpole Already targeting a massive opening weekend, with analysts forecasting a three-day haul in the range of $100 million to $125 million.

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