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How will Marion Cotillard fit into 'The Dark Knight Rises'?

May 3, 2011 |  5:46 pm

Marion Cotillard will next appear on screen in "Midnight in Paris," the Woody Allen film that opens the Cannes Film Festival next Thursday before a release in the U.S. the following week. But it's a lot more than cinéastes paying attention to the French actress: Superhero enthusiasts are anticipating her return to Christopher Nolan-ville. She'll follow up her "Inception" turn from last summer with a part in the director's "The Dark Knight Rises," the Bruce Wayne picture due out next July.

Nolan and Warner Bros. said in a recent release that Cotillard would be playing Miranda Tate, a member of the Wayne Enterprises board "eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father's philanthropic endeavors for Gotham."

But Nolan has a history of misdirection in casting announcements, which made some fans doubt the character reveal. And, indeed, it may not be as simple as Cotillard playing Tate.

Asked by 24 Frames in a recent interview about her part in the film, Cotillard responded with a coy, "My role is a secret, as is the whole project." So speculation about who she'll actually be -- from a love interest of Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman to a more shadowy character -- can run riot.

Cotillard did offer some thoughts on why she joined the film -- namely, a chance to reunite with Nolan. And she said she has a specific regard for Batman among pretty much all the superheroes out there.

Just what is it about Batman that makes him so appealing to the actress? It's that brooding thing. "I think it's that he's human," Cotillard said. "He can't really fly, and he doesn't have superpowers. And he has that darkness inside."


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Photo: Marion Cotillard as Mal in "Inception." Credit: Warner Bros.


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Marion Cotillard is amazingly gorgeous. French perfection doesn't get much purer than her.

Bruce will say in the movie to Miranda that he looked at movie website comments sections and knows that she is actually Talia Al Ghul.
Miranda will say, "Oh god, you're one of those Tate=Talia fanboys? What a douche, I bet you still think that the Riddler is going to be in this too."
And then Jett from Batman on Film will make a cameo out of nowhere and announce, "See, I knew all along!"

Quit ripping off LatinoReview comments.

Batman is a great character, my favorite among DC super heroes...but I'm sick and tired of oh, he's so human, he doesn't have superpowers schtick, that's why I love him. People who say that are not true super hero / comic book fans. Marvel's X-Men includes some very interesting, dark, and conflicted characters who do have mutant powers. Comic books explore some very interesting and complex storylines, which most people are simmply ignorant of. Batman's complexities are just better known. If she's comparing to the 'biggies' like Superman, Spiderman, etc., then yeah, Batman seems like a cool cat.

I give credit to Christopher Nolan because the film depictions of Spiderman and Superman just plain sucked. He molded Batman in a very interesting way -- and yes, I'm aware that C. Nolan also likes the more 'realistic' aspects of Batman, ie, no superpowers. Still, the people who say this should at least acknowledge that they don't know enough about comic superheroes to make such generalizing statements.

Hey Marion, we all know Miranda Tate is going to be Talia Al Ghul, so it's OK to be coy about who you are "really" playing! Heck, Christopher Nolan might go rogue and decide that you are really Harley Quinn at the last minute! LOL.


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