Director Christopher Nolan will not go into filming production of the next Batman film until next year and will not hit movie theaters until 2012 but rumors about the film’s casting are starting to ramp up in frequency. In recent weeks, since the release of Nolan‘s film Inception, there has been talk that the films actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy are vying for roles in the next Batman film (I’m totally on board with JGL playing The Riddler) but today we learn of another rumor that claims that Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard (who also starred in Nolan‘s Inception) has been offered her choice of roles for the new Batman. According to this new rumor, she can either play Catwoman or Talia al Ghul. Here is a fanmade poster that imagines what Marion might look like in the role of Catwoman and the deets of this interesting new casting rumor:
When it comes to Christopher Nolan’s Batman 3 movie project, nearly every actor associated with his 2010 blockbuster Inception has been linked with the next Batman sequel. Enter the latest rumor to hit … ComicBookMovie.com reports that Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard has been offered her choice of either Catwoman or Talia al Ghul in the yet-to-be-titled Batman 3 project. ComicBookMovie.com’s source allegedly is a former Warner Bros. intern with some inside knowledge. The report says the source:
“… was apparently told today by someone they met during that time that the actress has been approached by the studio to play either Selina Kyle or Talia al Ghul. They went on to tell me that Cotillard has had to turn down the offer as of now as she’s unsure whether the planned shooting start date of the next Batman movie will clash with other projects she’s either interested in or already committed to, despite the fact that she’s reportedly keen to re-team team with Christopher Nolan.”
Now before you get your lycra in a bunch, remember this: The “former intern” who is the source for this report could’ve just been slinging coffee between sound stages. Who knows if she really has privy to such inside information on an important project? But it’s always fun to speculate and I’m sure there are more than a few folks who wouldn’t mind seeing Marion Cotillard wear the shapely outfits required for either role.
Ha! As much as I love this rumor, I don’t really believe it. Even if Marion ends up appearing in the next Batman film, I doubt the source quoted in this report would ever have any such knowledge about her casting. That being said … I do think Marion Cotillard would be fantastic in either role. Everyone knows who Selena Kyle/Catwoman is but the role of Talia ah Ghul is a character not known by very many people. She is the daughter of the villain Ra’s al Ghul (who was featured in Batman Begins) and in the comic book series, she is the mother of Bruce Wayne‘s son Damien Wayne who grows up to be the 5th Robin. Just like Heath Ledger did with the role of The Joker, I feel that Marion could turn either of these two roles into an Academy Award. I’m not holding my breath, to be honest … everyone from Angelina Jolie to Scarlett Johansson has been rumored to play Catwoman. But if I had my pick, I’d deffo go with Marion Cotillard.