It’s been about forever since Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard were first rumored to be castmembers in Christopher Nolan’s latest Batman film, but Warner Bros has finally confirmed the involvement of both Inception actors, as well as released details about whom they will be playing. While the news of the casting being official may be cause for celebration among many Batman fans, I would imagine that there will be disappointment about their respective roles.
For quite a while we’ve been hearing that Gordon-Levitt and Cotillard would be playing the offspring of the baddies that Batman defeated in Nolan’s first film Batman Begins. What that would mean is that Gordon-Levitt would be playing Alberto Falcone, son of Carmine Falcone and a large part of one of the most beloved Batman stories of all time “The Long Halloween.” Similarly, Cotillard was said to be playing Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Liam Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul. Talia is a big character in the Batman mythos, a sometimes love interest of Bruce Wayne, and a very dangerous lady. Fans were primed and ready for this; bring it on. But today’s news does a pretty effective job of dashing those hopes.
In Warner’s announcement, it is said that Gordon-Levitt will be playing John Blake, “a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon.” And Cotillard is taking on the role of Miranda Tate “a Wayne Industries board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham.” Barring any theories about these characters being false identities that al Ghul and Falcone might be using to infiltrate Batman’s life, I’d say that it’s looking like the Batman rumor mill has been churning out B.S. Looking back at my own predictions, I didn’t do so great either, but I had a better batting average than popular opinion. I was pretty spot on about my assertion that Gordon-Levitt would be playing “Police Officer Guy”, but dead wrong in my foolish assumptions that Cotillard would be a female version of Amygdala. What was I thinking?