One of the more persistent rumors about Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” concerns the character played by Marion Cotillard. Officially, Cotillard’s Miranda Tate is supposed to be an old family friend and future love interest for Bruce Wayne aka Batman, but earlier set images and videos would seem to indicate she’s more than that. In fact, they would seem to indicate she’s someone from Batman’s past. From, say, “Batman Begins”.
According to Cotillard herself, though, that’s not true at all.
In an interview with THR about her far-ranging movie career and upcoming roles, Cotillard emphatically denies rumors that she is, in fact, secretly playing Talia Al Ghul, the daughter of “Batman Begins” villain Rhas Al Ghul (played by Liam Neeson, who is said to have a small flashback-type role in “The Dark Knight Rises”):
Otherwise, Cotillard is coy about the picture, whose storyline has fueled pages of Internet speculation. All she’ll confirm is 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.
Hmm, those are a couple of pretty big statements from Cotillard, and would seem to really contradict everything we’ve seen from her on the set of the movie so far.
Here’s the thing: I’m guessing that she’s lying, and here’s why. If she’s been told to not reveal anything about her role in “The Dark Knight Rises” (as everyone in the cast has been, as per Nolan’s instructions), why would she come out and admit who she isn’t playing? Know what I mean, Vern?
Anyways, we’ll find out for sure when “The Dark Knight Rises” finally rises this Summer.