As you may or may recall, way back in August of last year we had a plethora of set photos from Christopher Nolan’s last bat-stand, The Dark Knight Rises. They were our first look at Tom Hardy’s Bane and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s GCPD officer John Blake, even though some of you didn’t believe that it was really JGL. (Ha! You were wrong, jerkfaces!) But the most interesting aspect of that series of candid photos, was the reveal of Marion Cotillard in costume as her non-comic character, Miranda Tate. I tried to make what I considered to be a fairly decent case that the apparent Wayne Enterprises board member was really Talia al Ghul in disguise, just like Liam Neeson’s Henri Ducard was really Ra’s al Ghul the whole time. (Spoiler alert?) But every step of the way, both Cotillard and Nolan have denied the possibility and squelched the rumors — despite the fact that one wee actress may have spoiled the whole bat-thing with a single throwaway line in an otherwise innocuous interview.
Now, in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, Cotillard will be once more state that her Rises character can be taken at face-value, thus stomping on the hopeful dreams of every Batman fan out there. Well, all those Batman fans who know Talia from the comics or the animated series and have been pining to see her on the big screen since Batman Begins, anyway. You movie-only fans could probably care less as long as the role is substantial and the performance is good. That ought to be enough for all of us, but when you give fans one al Ghul, they’ll want the whole family. The whole cover story delves into Cotillard’s full career and not just her Bat-work, but THR was kind enough to provide us with the most salient point in tidbit form:
COTILLARD CONFIRMS SHE PLAYS GOOD GUY MIRANDA TATE IN DARK KNIGHT RISES 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.
I don’t know. I’m not sure if I’m not convinced, or if I just don’t want to be convinced, but I’m beginning to lower my expectations in regards to Cotillard’s character. I’m absolutely certain that whatever type of character Miranda Tate is, Cotillard will deliver, but at this point I’d rather be pleasantly surprised at the revelation than disappointed if it doesn’t happen. She obviously has no reason to reveal one of The Dark Knight Rises biggest mysteries in a silly puff piece, nor should she, but does she have to be so damn adamant about it? Doesn’t she know that if she keeps us guessing with vague answers or refusals to comment that we’ll be salivating for more than we can possibly handle come July 20? Doesn’t she understand the art of the tease?!
Oh. I guess she does. Ahem.
The entire interview is available now, but the full photo spread won’t be until May 18 when the new THR hits a newsstand near you. But I’m sure some enterprising individual will buy and scan the issue, then upload the shots to the Internet, so you don’t have to. BAM. KA-POW. Take that, print media!