Roles Revealed for Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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Warner Bros. has sent out a press release revealing who Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play in The Dark Knight Rises.  Rumors that Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt would play Talia al Ghul and Alberto Falcone, respectively, have turned out to be false, or at least not as simple as a straight reveal.  Cotillard will play “Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham.”  As for Gordon-Levitt, he’s been cast as “John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon.  Neither character has previously appeared in the comics.

Hit the jump for my thoughts on the casting along with the full press release.  The film also stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine.  The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20, 2012.

dark-knight-movie-image-portrait-01So after much speculation on who Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt would play, the correct answer was “No one you’ve ever heard of because they’re characters are being created specifically for the movie.”  For folks worried that TDKR would suffer from villain overload, that doesn’t seem to be the case at this point.  Of course, new casting and new characters could be announced, but it currently looks like all of the major casting has been locked.  It’s also worth noting that these roles may not be as simple as they appear.  For example, Devin over at Badass speculates that Miranda Tate is a cover for Talia al Ghul.

Personally, I’m fine with Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt playing original characters as long as those characters are well-written.  And even if they were playing characters from the comics, we don’t know how Nolan would adapt them.  He’s already said that his take on the villain Bane (who’s being played by Tom Hardy) will be a “new interpretation”.   Fans need to accept at this point that everything on the film is going to be kept hush-hush until several months before the film is released at which point marketing will spoil just about everything.

In the meantime, enjoy the blissful ignorance and be excited for the unexpected.

Here’s the press release:



BURBANK, CA, April 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have joined the cast of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend.

Cotillard will appear as Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham.

Gordon-Levitt will play John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon.

The film reunites the actors with Christopher Nolan, who recently directed them in the award-winning blockbuster “Inception.”

The director stated, “When you collaborate with people as talented as Marion and Joe, it comes as no surprise that you would want to repeat the experience.  I immediately thought of them for the roles of Miranda and Blake, and I am looking forward to working with both of them again.”

Heading the cast of “The Dark Knight Rises,” Christian Bale stars as Bruce Wayne/Batman.  The main cast also includes Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy as Bane.

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer.  Christopher Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012.  The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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  • Onifled

    Pretty underwhelming considering all these rumors that were thrown around

  • JLC

    So do the concerns go from having too many villains to perhaps not having enough? Ledger is going to be a tough (impossible?) act to follow.

    • leviathanus

      well remember ledger was onscreen far less than most people anticipated and still rocked the whole movie. more villains might mean emptier villains not sure thats what we want.

      plus they have the best most dangerous villain of all left…..guess who? ill give you a hint…..he was in all the movies….who knows who im refering to?

      • CoolCat


      • alasti

        Batman himself??

  • Ashley

    Woooo! Christopher Nolan is the undisputed best and greatest director in the world! The Dark Knight Rises will be the biggest movie ever! Watch out Avatar!

    • Cali Kid

      Avatar had to be one of the most boring movies I have ever seen. Has to be the most overrated movie of all time.

      • Clayton

        I’m honestly astounded when people say they found Avatar boring. Sure, there are genuine critiques to be made about the plot borrowing from other story-lines, but seriously? Maybe its enjoyment can only be appreciated when you marvel that just about everything on screen was harvested from someone’s imagination. Half the fun of the movie was just exploring the ecosystem.

        This is probably the only case where I didn’t mind at all that the story serviced the visuals. Avatar was an exhilarating and unique movie experience. My opinion.

        Ahh, the beauty of subjectivity.

      • Michael


        I’ve generally found that most people who simply call a movie boring don’t or can’t express exactly why they didn’t like a movie, or didn’t give the movie enough thought.

        But, yes, there are some movies which certainly are boring.

        I personally found Avatar to be one of the worse movies I’ve seen. It just felt too recycled and too shallow. The casting didn’t help either. Sam Worthington was, dare I say it, boring in his performance, and he didn’t make me care for him. If the whole movie wasn’t boring, it just felt tired. I even skipped an hour of it because it grew unbearable.

        I can see why people were enamored with it visually, but for me, that’s just not enough to carry me through a movie.

        Clayton, you say that people could better enjoy it if only they would realize that almost everything was harvested from someone’s imagination. But that applies to all movies. All movies started out as an idea and were based on someone’s vision. Whether it’s the set design, or how the actors are told to speak and move, those all come from someone’s imagination.

        Avatar is a bothersome movie to me namely because so many people were flown away, and sent into swoon by the CGI spectacle. I personally prefer real-life sets and only appreciate CGI if it’s used only when truly necessary. Most CGI-filled movies I’ve seen put acting, storylines, plots, meaning and emotion far on the backburner while so much time, energy and money into the CGI. Sadly, that ploy works — people ooh and aah at the eye candy and while they’re in awe of the fireworks and the bright colors and loud sounds, they seem to ignore the very basics of filmmaking.

        Hollywood’s been making too many of these “spectacle” movies. There’s a reason why Empire Strikes Back is tops on many a Star Wars fans’ list. It put the characters, the emotions, the drama and storyline before the special effects. Fast forward to now, with the shiny, colorful, wham-bam prequels — they’re hollow, plastic and weak storytelling, putting visual spectacle above almost everything else. And that was very disappointing, to say the least.

      • Clayton

        Thanks for the articulate response. I have some critques of your critique (meta-critique?)

        While it is entirely subjective whether or not we found the movie boring, I have to disagree with your comment about my “harvested from the imagination” line. You are correct in saying that all movies are the product of imagination, but I would argue this in a different league. Avatar’s ecosystem was entirely engineered, from the beasts to blades of grass to the pores on the faces of the Navi. Avatar brings an entirely new visual alphabet, if you will, to the screen. The array of visual artistry on display here is shocking and brilliantly immersive. To qualify this statement, I did not like Alice in Wonderland.

        Empire Strikes back is entirely as you say it is, and that’s why it’s a better movie than Avatar. And don’t you dare unleash me on the God-awful Star Wars prequels. No complaints there. Sam Worthington was flat in this and usually is, but that didn’t distract me as much as it could have.

        Admittedly with Avatar you have the recycled plot everyone knows from films like Dances with Wolves, Pocahontas and Ferngully. People have even gone far enough to give the plot device a label: The Secret Prince formula. I am normally the first to condemn style over substance. It happens far too often in contemporary Hollywood and generally should be shunned. CGI is the snake in the grass. Typically it stifles the imagination rather than boosting it. Just look at most of Tim Burton’s recent films. Avatar is an exception for me. Maybe the first one. I truly felt it sensationalized cinema to a level I had never seen. Early 20th century cinema has its roots in what we now call The Cinema of Attractions, where early artists would use the new tricks of the camera and post production to wow their audience. It started out primitively with cuts to give the illusion of conjuring or physical/spacial impossibilities. They even added color filters to the lens to brighten up the screen before the invent of methods like Technicolor. I look at Avatar as this kind of film. No other CGI / Motion Capture product has given me a relatable feeling. It exists solely to dazzle, and for me it was more than up to the task.

        Nice having a conversation.

      • leviathanus

        i agree with calikid : avatar is probably the most overrated movie of all time. its not just that its unoriginal ( although it is) , its the jam it down your throat storytelling tactic as well as making no effort to renew the stories it borrows from.

        of course james camron wanted the best picture nod so he criticized americas military. he didnt want to go down the dark knight route where you put a positive analysis of the war on terror and therefore lose the best picture nod even though its the best and smartest film in ages.

        what irritates me about that though is its again jammed down our throats. but we all know it was for oscar day.

      • Clayton

        Re: leviathanus

        Hmmm not sure you can condemn James Cameron for adding nothing new to the classic story formula when he basically invented the technology with which he told it. I don’t make a living as a film scholar, but I think that counts for something.

        Did James Camerson deserve a directing nomination? Yes. Did he deserve to win? No. I personally wanted QT to win that year, but Cameron certainly deserved to be acknowledged for this extraordinary achievement in visionary filmmaking.

      • leviathanus

        well when i mean story i mean story. the visuals were great sure but that doesnt makes a difference to me if the story is tired and boring. u dont watch movie with the sound off do u? was star wars a landmark achievement only because of its sfx…..i think u will hear prequels a lot in this discussion

        but ill say this if james cameron uses his clout to move the industry forward im all for that : just hoping the ghost in the shell movie is better then avatar…..much better , much much better

  • Jack Easton

    Love Marion Cotillard, very attractive and sexy. French perfection doesn’t get much purer than her.

  • Mike Christensen

    I’m telling you, they’re setting up the manboy Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a reinvention of Robin or something similar.

    • Bill Binder

      Considering the fact that this is the final installment of the series, it seems unlikely.

      The next film will be a restart for the franchise.

      • dorkbrain

        I know that Nolan has said this will be his last, and I assume that is probably true. But, even if so, I’d bet they will try to continue the style of Nolan. Yet another “reimaging” of batman seems ludicrous. How many times can the story be reinvented?

        I agree that a a “reimaging” can do wonders, Nolan certainly did. Same with the new Trek and new Battlestar. But, can you “reboot” just a few years after the last reboot?

  • Tommy

    Despite the announcement, there’s nothing to say that Marion Cotillard isn’t Talia & has infiltrated Wayne Enterprises so that she can get close enough to Bruce Wayne, aware that he is Batman & while Bane keeps up the physical pressure on the Dark Knight, Miranda Tate ‘Talia’ can begin undermining & destroying Wayne enterprises from the inside, until the time is right…Just a theory.

  • Tamsin Klein

    Wohooo!! Let me tell you, this will be an Anne Hathaway you’ve never seen, and she’s going to knock everyone’s socks off in The Dark Knight Rises! You are going to be so killed by her performance. I can’t tell you how good she is going to be as a strong, independent, sexy Catwoman. Oh, she is going to be so good in this. It’s unbelievable the performance she is going to give. It’s amazing. Hahah.. freakin’ fantastic, can’t wait! Man! I feel like a woman!

    • w@velength

      Really? I think she is one of the most generic actresses of her generation. She set feminism back several decades with that Devil Wears Prada movie, and there is something extremely self-centered about the way she talks and smiles that I am reminded of those circus gypsies who dramatically lie to make a buck (i.e., not legitimate acting.) She is frankly best left to supporting roles where she takes her top off, and when I saw she was cast in this movie I actually wondered if she would be playing a female Joker like that picture floating around the internet where she’s wearing too much makeup. So yeah, big pass from me.

  • Miles Bennett Dyson

    you know…

    I respect peoples opinions, I really do… but heres the thing…

    back in 2006… an actor was cast in a pivotal villain role for the sequel to Batman Begins…

    the internet started going nuts…

    heres just an example of how ridiculously judgmental people became without even seeing a frame of film.

    so honestly… I can’t wait for this final installment.

    • Tony

      I totally agree with you! I just read the page and was in awe in how much ppl doubted Ledger! And now what?! They Loved HIM!

  • Yahzee Skellington

    HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA how about that internet rumors?

  • ajnapjr

    Great news. Very psyched to see this starting production soon. And since we already know that they’ve cast a young Ras al Ghul, I’ll bet good money that Miranda Tate is an alias of Talia al Ghul. Love tge cast, love the DP, love the director. Sure to be incredible.

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  • Aubrey Titmuss

    Woooo! The Dark Knight Rises is going to be huge! I’ll be going on opening night with all my girls! Hahah.. freakin’ fantastic, can’t wait! Here come the girls! (Girls, Girls, Girls, Girls) OH YEAH BABY!!! :)
    treated myself to a thai massage today and am still giggling over the female masseuse’s major fascination by my BIG beautiful butt hahha… It’s mesmerising!

    • gimpsuit

      Attention whore

  • Shannon

    I read they’re even recasting the revolving room used in the gravity-defying hotel scenes from Inception.

    • Steven

      That’s not funny nor does it make much sense

      • Aaron

        Actually is makes perfect sense, and it’s hilarious.

  • Junierizzle

    I dont mean to toot my own horn but I totally guessed Levitt would play a young cop or something.
    I admit the Alberto Falcone character seemed cool but whatever. The truth is it doesnt matter what characters are in it as long as the story is good. Im not one of those people that say TDK was only good because of Heath Ledger’s performance.
    The story is why that movie fucking rocked. C Nolan isnt the best visual director but he is a master storyteller. The best in the biz.

    • Chip

      I honestly felt the same way. I felt that if Levitt didn’t play a villain, he would be some kind of (likely smart-alec) cop. Very interesting roles for the two of them, and I’m very happy they’re in this movie along with Tom Hardy. This movie keeps looking better and better.

    • gimpsuit

      A master story teller, who has never made a film nor written a single charactor I’ve cared about at all.

      • junierizzle

        Let me guess, you love TRANSFORMERS because even though you admit it’s stupid, you think the Robots look cool?

      • CoolCat

        Guess you’ve never seen Memento.

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  • dylan

    In Nolan we trust right, but i too think they may be covers for the time, even if they arent, they will be well written and r bein played by excellent actors, no worries

  • dylan

    In Nolan we Trust right, i too think they they are covers for the time, but even if they arent, they will be well written and r bein played by excellent actors, no worries

  • sense 11

    The only character missing is Robin aka Nightwing

    I still think he is going to be introduced.

    • Cameron

      Depends on how he is brought in. I don’t think I can stand another man child like O’Donnell!

      • sense 11

        I agree. We all have a really bad taste in our mouths from the previous incarnations of Grayson but he could be an amazing character if done right.

        Its all good I’m sure whatever Nolan put in that scripts is good.

  • your mom

    “A beat cop” taht turns into Nightwing.

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  • space cadet

    dick grayson is nightwing and he was not a cop so i highly doubt john blake will turn into nightwing. as someone above mentioned this is the last film, the studio said they are going to reboot afer this film so i don’t see nightwing fitting into this movie

    • SuperSeanski

      Actually, he was a cop in Bludhaven for a little while when he was Nightwing.

  • Robert

    Marion Cotillard would have made a great Catwoman. She’s got the dark side, sexy side and definitely the body for the suit.

    • Michael

      I think she didn’t get it because she became pregnant earlier this year. I had heard that she was the first choice to play Catwoman.

      • Wolstenholme

        Anne Hathaway is ugly as fuck…I can’t imagine what Nolan was thinking when he cast her

      • leviathanus

        i heard christopher nolan was running for president.

    • Robert

      I wouldn’t go as far as calling Hathaway, “ugly as f***”. She’s pretty. But Cotillard is as beautiful as they come, plus she’s a great actress (Academy award winner for “La Vie en Rose” and should have been nominated for supporting actress for “Inception”).

      I will say that I’m not going to question why Nolan chose her because he proved a lot of people wrong when he chose Ledger for The Joker role in TDK. Personally, when I heard that Ledger was going to play the part, I didn’t think he had it in him, I was definitely wrong. Nolan knows actors so I’m not going to question his choice this time, I’m sure Hathaway will do fine.

  • Ivan

    Good to see Nolan not put too much villians. Wow, how much money do they have, hiring actors meant for leading roles for sub roles in this movie.

    Marion would of been great for talia, considering ra’s al ghoul is going to be in it (albeit flashback).

  • Migz13

    Nice. Nothing beats starting the day with some good TDKR news:D
    Personally, I’m not that surprised that both actors are playing characters that are FAR OFF from their popularly rumored roles. No problem whatsoever with original characters since Chris Nolan already has proven with some of his movies (like inception) that he can create original yet memorable roles for his actors.
    Oh 2012.. why can’t you come faster enough for this?:D

  • gimpsuit

    So SO over rated.
    Fans will accept anything Nolan spews out, good or not. He may as well not bother trying, they will proclaim it perfection no matter what.
    This will be like Phantom Menece. There will be hyperbole of praise when it comes out, then 3 months later everyone will be hating on Nolan big time when they realize it didn’t change their lives.
    I’m just getting the jump of all you fan boy bitches!

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    • Zev

      I don’t think so. Nolan is one of the smartest filmmakers I’d say since David Lean, and the Dark Knight Rises is going to be big and amazing. Personally, I don’t hate any of the Star Wars movies and I’ll tell you why: the original trilogy is perfect; with the newer ones, nobody challenged George Lucas with the material he gave them, and if they did, the Star Wars prequels could have been amazing. What the actors did were great with the material that was given to them.

      • Ctn103

        I honestly don’t see what was so wrong with episodes 1-3, a huge chunk had already been pre-decided like 30 years before they were thought up and their stories had to work around them. If the were made in the correct order the entire franchise would have been better off. But then again, people would be criticizing everything about episodes 4-6 because people hate any continuation of any series.

  • Aeonstrife

    I must say on the love interest angle Nolan has been underwhelming. He has yet to include a single love interest from the comics. Rachel was fine in Batman Begins as an original childhood crush, but why couldn’t Nolan have also introduced a love interest from the comics then? You know Julie Madison would have worked splendidly. Then in The Dark Knight he completely missed his chance again. Couldn’t he have had a Vicki Vale cameo at least? Now with The Dark Knight we see he has no love interest from the comics either. Catwoman is fine as a playful tease for Batman, but when it comes to true romance for Bruce Wayne Nolan needed to go epic with Silver St. Cloud. Is it that Nolan is weak when it comes to romance? None of his films so far have had an engaging romance and I am started to wonder if the reason could be that Nolan just doesn’t understand romance. Bruce Wayne is a character obsessed with finding romance and for Nolan to barely focus on this aspect of the character shows a grand ignorance of the subject matter.

    • sense 11

      I think Superheros are a lot more interesting when they are saving the world and not their relationships. Its boring, this is the main reason Superman Returns sucked soooooo badly. Basically a chick flick stuffed up the rear of a lame superhero movie.

      No time for love when your saving the world.

  • Jerkreel

    Ras al Ghul had an alias so I wouldn’t be surprised if Tali has one as well(Miranda Tate)

    • leviathanus

      well as its been confirmed that someone will play young ras al ghul in flashbacks, thats leaves not much choice as to whos flashbacks it can be. its not ras hes dead, not bruce i knew him at the end of his life…..whos can they be? talia,s the only remaining choice

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  • ilkeallbatmans

    isit me who has noticed the love triangle?

  • dannyboy3030

    I know this is neither the time or place but, I feel that Jack Nicholson’s Joker was more entertaining than Heath Ledger’s. Although I did like Heath’s version very much.

    • jay

      Jack Nicholson’s Joker was more of a caricature of his character from One flew over the cukoos nest and the Joker character itself.

      Heath Ledger’s Joker was a complex mixture of ticks, subtleties in speech pattern and disguising of the voice. It was a macabre performance that brings to mind alot of performances from the silent film era.

      Ledger’s Joker is really a whole new beast and animal that you dont see alot in modern film acting. That performance came from deep, deep down.


      PS The Dark Knight was also 1000x better written than Burton’s Batman. Especially Ledger’s lines. The Joker has some pretty meaty, meaningful dialogue in TDK.

      • sense 11

        Nolan’s Batman world is better then Burton’s in every single way.

        I started reading Batman comics when I was 9. The last thing I could have ever imagined is that someday he would be portrayed in a movie as a J@ck@$$ that terrorizes people with Prince Music and purple paint. And that Batman would be physically weaker then all of his opponents. A batman that’s worthless without his utility belt.

        Nolan’s Batman doesn’t need a utility belt to beat up 20 guys.

  • Zeiram

    I don’t think these movies are re-imaginings so much as arriving closer to the iconic spirit of the comics and animated 90s television series. This is the way Batman was supposed to be in the first place and if you think hard; its the way it always was. Lesson: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Joel Schumacher really did a number on that one.

  • Agent_Black

    Robin was the single worst thing to happen to the Batman legend, a cheap sidekick aimed at selling comic books to little boys. The Dark Knight originally started as a adult character but the introduction of Robin was a way to lighten it up and dumb it down… I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would want him back in the franchise.

    • leviathanus

      heres a clue they also complained about the joker wearing makeup………fanboys. i think robin dumbs down batman as well.

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  • Dr. Eggnog

    I don’t look forward to movies much (I prefer TV and video games), but I’m actually really looking forward to this. I really enjoyed the first two. And to the person who said we’d enjoy anything by Nolan, I hated Inception. Too much happening too fast, felt more like a sequel than anything. I also hated the Tim Burton Batman, completely disliked Nickolson’s Joker (which is weird cause The Shining is my 2nd favorite movie after The Brave Little Toaster). I thought that Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman: The Movie were all more enjoyable than Batman. And the animated series wasn’t bad.

    But The Dark Knight is my favorite Batman and second favorite superhero movie, after Spider-Man 3 (no, really, pretend it’s a sci-fi anime and it’s one of the most entertaining things ever made).

  • idiots

    Nolan created the perfect batman and now they want to reboot it so they can stick some campy lame batman in the justice league?

  • Tanner S.

    The flashbacks are going to be from the guy that batman cut in Batman Begins when he was going through his final test against Ras. That guy comes back to get revenge on Bruce for cutting his arm…

  • Lenny

    WTH, all thes Inception actors in the next Batman film?! What the hell, Nolan?

    You might as well call this s#!t Inception 2: The Dark Knight Rises

  • Euros

    Levitt is just a cop. When Gordon is suspended from then force he becomes his eyes and ears inside the unit. Cotillard turns out to be Talia (not much of a surprise) who then turns out to be secretly helping Batman (surprise) in the end.

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  • josh

    i feel miranda tate is talia.joey king has too much of a resemblance to marion coutillard. now is she a villain or ally of batman? that i don’t know.

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