Cotillard's <i>Dark Knight Rises</i> Role Doesn't Have Comic Roots

Of all the rumors swirling around The Dark Knight Rises, those involving Joseph Gordon-Levitt's role have been the most persistent. After that, though, comes Marion Cotillard's character, long thought to be Talia al Ghul, daughter of Batman's mentor-turned-nemesis Ra's al Ghul.

Even when Warner Bros. announced Cotillard had been cast as Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father's philanthropic work, many fans presumed it was a ruse by director Christopher Nolan to cover the actress' real role -- that of DC Comics character Talia al Ghul, leading her father's League of Shadows in the conclusion of the Batman trilogy.

But in a red-carpet interview with MTV, the Academy Award-winning actress appears to shoots down that speculation, asserting her role "was not based on a character of the comic." When asked whether she's telling the truth, Cotillard insists, "Yes, I am."

So there you have it: Miranda Tate apparently isn't a daughter bent on revenge, but merely a Tumbler-driving corporate board member with a thing for Bruce Wayne. Mystery ... solved?

The Dark Knight Rises, which opens July 20, 2012, also stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.

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