COVID Test Delays Shut Down ‘Batwoman,’ ‘Riverdale’

by Kevin Sharp
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It was only three months ago that Javicia Leslie was announced as the new Batwoman, taking over the lead role from the departing Ruby Rose. Now comes the news that The CW’s Batwoman, along with Riverdale, Charmed, and Nancy Drew have all been shut down because of delays in COVID test processing.

What do each of those shows all have in common? They’re all filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia where, according to Variety:

The filming stoppages are assumed to be temporary, sources say… there is a single lab company approved to oversee coronavirus testing, and the company is prioritizing schools, which have reopened in the province, and local businesses.

WB Television previously announced production delays for The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, which were scheduled to start filming this week. Supernatural originally shut down back in March, at the start of the pandemic, but recently finished filming its final two episodes.

Production shutdowns and rescheduling are all too common at this point in the pandemic, with such high profile examples as Wonder Woman 1984 and The Batman. All that’s known for sure at the moment is that we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see Javicia Leslie in the Bat-suit.

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