Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Batman Roles Confirmed

In a surprise bit of big news for a Tuesday, Warner Bros has passed on the information fans have been speculating about for months: which characters would Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard play in the new Batman film?  The truth is, every theory was pretty far off.  They aren’t even playing characters that appear in the comics.

JGL is playing a “John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon” and Cotillard is “Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham.”  So there’s no telling in what capacity these characters will have on the overall plot, but since many had assumed they’d be playing Talia Al Ghul and Alberto Falcone respectively, the only thing that’s safe to say is we still have no idea what the plot is about.

Dark Knigth Rises

Here’s the full press release:

MARION COTILLARD AND JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT CAST IN CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”

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.

I have to admit I’m a little saddened that they won’t be playing the roles we all thought about.  I was really looking forward to the plotlines inherent with those characters.  Still there is a part of me that likes the idea of being taken completely by surprise when this film hits theaters.

-Jordan