How will Marion Cotillard fit into ‘The Dark Knight Rises’?


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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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