One of the long-running rumors concerning the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises is that the character played by Marion Cotillard, Miranda Tate, would in fact be Talia al Ghul.  Fans familiar with the Batman comics will recognize Talia as the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, whom Liam Neeson portrayed in Batman Begins (and who will appear via flashbacks in Rises).  Cotillard, who has been denying the rumor for months, recently spoke out about the true nature of her character, and her role in the film.  

Some plot/character spoilers ahead.

Once again, Cotillard is denying that her character is really an alter ego for Talia al Ghul, going so far as to describe her part as “a very, very small role.”

She went on to state that her character is an ecologist 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.”

Cotillard failed to mention the moment that appears very briefly in the final Dark Knight Rises trailer, in which Miranda Tate and Bruce Wayne share a pretty passionate embrace.  Not to be all Joseph McCarthy about it, but if she’s willing to hide that, just what else is she hiding?!  (Editor’s note: Sometimes the nerd in each of us is just too difficult to control)

Ahem, well, it looks like this will just have to remain a mystery until The Dark Knight Rises dominates screens beginning on July 20, 2012.

What do you think of the Dark Knight Rises news?  Is Cotillard playing Talia?

Source: THR