Back in February of last year, we learned officially that actress Marion Cotillard joined the cast of the forthcoming superhero sequel film Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. A couple of months later, it was revealed that Cotillard was cast to play a character named Miranda Tate … but it was widely speculated that Miranda Tate is merely a cover for another character — Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul (the villain featured in Batman Begins). Today we get to hear from Cotillard herself in the pages of the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter and learn, once and for all, which character she will be playing in The Dark Knight Rises. Spoiler alert warning?
When Marion Cotillard learned in late 2010 that director Christopher Nolan wanted her for a role in his next movie, the French actress, of course, was ecstatic. “I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, his next movie is supposed to be Batman!’ And I’ve always been obsessed with Batman.” Her heart sank, however, when she learned The Dark Knight Rises — the final part of Nolan’s Batman trilogy — would likely start shooting in May 2011, precisely when her first child, Marcel, with actor-director Guillaume Canet, was due. “I called Chris and said, ‘My God, I can’t do that!’ ” Luckily, Nolan — who already had worked with the star on Inception — was prepared to wait … Cotillard confirms that, contrary to some fans’ belief, she does not play Talia, the vengeful daughter of Liam Neeson’s character, Ra’s Al Ghul (who also appeared in Batman Begins), and that she takes the role of Miranda Tate, an ecologically minded businesswoman who “is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She’s a good guy.” But does she stay that way? “Yes,” she insists.
HMMM … so, according to Marion Cotillard herself, she is playing Miranda Tate in the film. I mean … I’m not sure I believe it. All of the things we know about the plot of The Dark Knight Rises points us in the direction of the emergence of Talia Al Ghul. It’s possible that all the Talia talk is 100% wrong but … I don’t know. We do know that the character Ra’s Al Ghul will make an appearance in The Dark Knight Rises. We do know that Talia Al Ghul is a very important character in the Batman comics. It just seems to make sense. It’s possible that Cotillard is speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in such as way as to not spoil the film any more than possible. She’s not lying, necessarily, when she says that she plays “good guy” Miranda Tate. Perhaps she is just not telling us everything about her character. In any event, it makes no sense to worry about this now. The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters in July … we’ll know all very soon. I, for one, hope that Cotillard does turn out to be Talia Al Ghul. The thought of having a strong female character like Talia in the final Batman film makes me very happy. Even if Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle/Catwoman drops the ball, Cotillard might be there to save the day.