This is interesting. Marion Cotillard’s name had been batted around for a role in The Dark Knight Rises some time back but the fact she is pregnant meant her name was passed over. Now however a French Paper is saying that she will be in The Dark Knight Rises afterall. Quote from the French Paper via Batman-News;
Marion Cotillard in “Batman 3″. The actress, who is expecting a child in the spring with Guillaume Canet, will be scarce this year. She’ll do a single film and her choice fell on Batman 3. This blockbuster produced by Warner Bros.. enables her to work with the director Christopher Nolan, with whom she had turned very successful sci-fi Inception. Marion Cotillard will join the filming this summer in Los Angeles. She will share the bill with Anne Hathaway.
Speculation at this point is that she will either play a love interest for Bruce Wayne or a villain, but lets not forget she can do both!
If she were to play Talia al Ghul she could be villain and lover and add a really interesting dynamic to the film. Talia al Ghul is the estranged daughter of the villain from the first film Ra’s al Ghul whom we know is not returning to this film. Talia al Ghul has been both Batman’s arch enemy and his lover even giving birth to his son Damian Wayne who became the 5th Robin.
Talia in the comics has ties to Bane and Catwoman, being almost forced to marry Bane and having trained Catwoman so it would make sense that Marion play this role. Also it adds a nice layer of complexity since Talia al Ghul was a villain but a complex one with affections for Batman.
I have issue with this weird desire of Christopher Nolan to use the entire cast of INCEPTION like some sort of brat pack but I can admit that the casting so far has been top notch. With Tom Hardy playing Bane and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman we can expect some very interesting things. Hopefully they do cast Marion Cotillard as Talia al Ghul and give her the role of lover and frankly I hope they do complete the series by taking a risk, killing Batman and having Joseph Gordon Levitt play Night Wing