Cotillard & Gordon-Levitt Officially Join ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Cast

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 14th, 2011 at 7:23 am,

Marion Cotillard Joseph Gordon Levitt The Dark Knight Rises Cotillard & Gordon Levitt Officially Join Dark Knight Rises Cast

In the last two weeks we saw multiple casting announcements for The Dark Knight Rises, one returning cast member from The Dark Knight, one new face for the franchise playing a character from Batman Begins and several supporting roles

Now, we can add two more high profile members to the already strong cast of The Dark Knight Rises, two actors we are certainly not surprised about: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard.

Both talents have been rumored and reported to be in talks for parts in Nolan’s third and final Batman feature film, speculated as potentials to play characters Alberto Falcone and Talia al Ghul, but as it turns out, they’ve been cast in neither of these parts.

Gordon-Levitt will play John Blake, a cop working for Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and Cotillard will play Miranda Tate, a member on the board for Wayne Enterprises. Blake works on special assignment for Gordon, while Tate will aid Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) on his “philanthropic endeavors for Gotham,” stepping into his father’s shoes.

Nolan had nothing but positive words for the two who he clearly wanted to work with again after Inception. All we need is Leonardo DiCaprio for the big reunion.

“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.”

Already speculation is flooding the Intewebs about whether these two characters – who don’t seem to exist in the Batman comic book canon – are original characters created for Nolan’s film (see: Rachel Dawes) or rather clever bits of misdirection meant to cover identities Batman fans are much more familiar with.

When Cotillard was first rumored for The Dark Knight Rises, many fans speculated that the actress was being sought to play Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson in Batman Begins) who is both a foe and love interest of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Talia also has ties to the villain Bane (played by Tom Hardy), which has only furthered speculation that Talia would be a logical addition to TDKR.

Talia al Ghul Cotillard & Gordon Levitt Officially Join Dark Knight Rises Cast

Is "Miranda Tate" really Talia al Ghul?

So does this casting announcement kill the idea that Talia is in the film? Not in our book. Nolan is a master of misdirection, and Talia’s own father presented himself as a seeming benefactor of Bruce Wayne (remember “Henry Ducard?”), so it’s not inconceivable that daughter could follow suit…thereby throwing any over-anxious fans (like us) off the scent.

Many people wanted Gordon-Levitt to play Alberto Falcone, heir to the Falcone crime empire, and while his character “John Blake” is another seemingly new addition to the Batman universe, it would be somewhat surprising if that character was ultimately revealed to be a villain. If anything, Blake sounds like a tweaked version of Harvey Bullock, or even Sgt. Max Court, the head of a Batman police task force who goes through a drastic transformation in the “Batman: Prey” storyline.

Batman Dark Knight Rises Max Cort Scourge Cotillard & Gordon Levitt Officially Join Dark Knight Rises Cast

Could John Blake be "Night Scourge?"

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard join returning cast members Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Nestor Carbonell and Michael Caine along with franchise newcomers Anne Hathaway,, Tom Hardy, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Burn Gorman and Diego Klattenhoff.

Are Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt playing who you thought they would and are these characters really as they seem?

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  1. Gorden-Levitt would make a good Dead-shot or Hush.

    • @awwwhellna, I like it that way too but speculation will commence regardless, that’s the fun part. No offense but unless you work for WB, or D.C. You don’t know either.

  2. I am with the general consensus that there is more to the names than meets the eye. I have come up with a plot in which I think fits in with the overall themes of both ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’…

    ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ will focus primarily on ‘Batman’ (Christian Bale) as he struggles to rise up in the public eye. Deemed a murderer he is soon outcast from ‘Gotham City’. Meanwhile ‘Talia al Ghul’ (Daughter of the late ‘Ra’s al Ghul’ portrayed by Liam Neeson in ‘Batman Begins’) and her lover, the drug fulled, super soldier ‘Bane’ (Tom Hardy) see this as the perfect opportunity to strike at the “heart” of ‘Gotham’ and finish what her father set out to do. With ‘Gotham’ falling to their knees it seems all hope is lost. ‘Selina Kyle’ a ‘Gotham City’ resident refuses to give up the city so easily and will fight to protect her beloved city. She adopts the alter ego ‘Catwoman’ taking inspiration from ‘Batman’ she sets out to destroy organised crime in ‘Gotham’ for good; until she comes toe to toe with ‘Talia’, ‘Bane’ and the entire ‘League of Shadows’. Outnumbered she turns to the one and only person she knows who can truly help her; ‘Batman’. Calling him to aid her in desperation she explains that this can be his chance to prove himself to the city, to rise up from his fall from grace and give ‘Gotham’ hope once again. With ‘Catwoman’ now at his side ‘Batman’ takes down the ‘League of Shadows’ and shows that this is his city and he’s prepared to fight anyone that compromises or threatens its residents.

    I didn’t include ‘Batman’ having his back broken because I just can’t see it happening. Anyway that’s my idea for a plot, please let me know what you think.

    Movie Critic 101

  3. I still think that JGL is a a member of the L of Shadows and just pretending to be a cop and She is Talia for sure. She is also undercover. And vane is just a guy that got hired by Talia. Is going to be a big twist int the end. Cat women… She is a side villian. I bet that she will help batman in the end. Tell me if I am wrong…

    • @Elvin, sounds about right. Although I don’t think JGL will be a member of The League of Shadows, he’d have to be another character coming from a different angle.

      • Why? If he is working for Talia (the new leader of the shadow) that makes him his brightes and 2nd in command for the league of shadows. It like what if batman would have been if he stood by Ras side till the end. It’s like a dark side of batman. And like I said… Vane is going to be hired to work for them. I’m telling y’all… Is going to be a big twist in the end. And I have a feeling that someone will die on this movie. Ras die in the 1st movie and Rachel die in the 2nd…. So there is bound to have some one to die.

        • It would be cool if Gordan die for real in this movie (not like part tow) By the hands of JGL and batmans shows up to late… I can see him holding Gordan and crying. That’s when he finds that little girl in the street “the new girl” Batman is looking over her and talks to her. Batman Rises for sure after that.

          • And remember… Gordan was like a father to him. I this story of batman got to do with a few years later, after the joker and towface.

  4. JGL or Colliard are the mastermine in the background.

  5. Well, i guess since Nolan claims that this is is his last Batman film, he might as well go for an all out balls to the walls action film. I know he’ll go out with a bang and not a wimper, so i don’t really care how many villians he uses. It is called, The Dark Knight Rises, so the challenges that lay ahead must be greater than anything he ever faced before. I just hope it’s dark, gritty and action packed. A film that makes you stand up clapping and cheering in the end. The thing that so many films today fail to accomplish.

  6. Do you think if Bruce Wayne was real would he have more money then Warren Buffer, Bill Gates and Carlos Slim put together?

    • Maybe

    • Someone actually wrote an article about the relative levels of wealth of comicdom’s richest characters (using the more updated interpretations, of course)…I think it was “Forbes” magazine…?

      Anyway, While Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark ARE two of the world’s richest men, they are NOT wealthier than their real-world counterparts. Actually, I believe they said Tony would have slightly more money than Bruce, which I found odd considering Tony’s ever-present concerns with controversial products (weapons and such) and their sales. I guess the things Stark produces have a higher price-point than the things Wayne produces.


  7. I knew JGL would play a cop and not a villain.
    And Miranda is Talia´s false identity for sure!
    So why the hell having young Ra´s flashback wthout Talia?
    I´m not so sure which role Juno Temple is playing.
    Maybe she is the young Talia.
    I don´t dismiss this possibility.

    • Well I think that Juno girl could be the daughter of gordan. They never her her face in part 2. And Joseph Gordan Levitt is a bad guy for sure. He is undercover like Talia. Joseph is a league of shadow. How can a cop be sides gordan can be important? Only if he is a dirty cop. I bet this will happen he is part of the league of shadow (2nd in command) and Talia is the leader of the shadows.

      • Maybe Juno is going to be Batgirl, Harley Quinn or Holly Robinson, the young protitute that lived Selina Kyle/Catwoman

  8. These two actors will play the riddler and possibley poisen ivy.

    • when will people give up on the riddler? nolan has stated there will be no riddler.

  9. Jospeh Gordon- Levitt for “The Crow” remake.


  10. “Ichi The Killer”, ‘A Clock Work Orange”, and “The Crow” were definately inspirations for Heath Ledger’s Joker. Let’s see who or what inspires these actors for “The Dark Knight Rises”.

  11. Marion Coutillard is Bat Girl and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Nightwing. BAM!

  12. Has anyone considered that Tom Blake (JGL) could be Nolan’s own twist of the character Jean-Paul Valley who takes up the Batman mantle in the Knightfall series after Bane breaks Batmans back…

    It would make alot of sense, Christian Bale has already stated this is his last role as the Batman, and with Nolan also giving us his final contribution to the series, it could set it up really well for anyone who wanted to continue the story…besides seeing that Mechanical Batman costume from the comic on-screen would be a real treat!

  13. John Blake is not a new character. He was a little kid from a very old and cheesy Batman comic. The Joker stole his report card so his dad couldn’t see how well he did. Not even joking. That’s really his origin