After much speculation and some initial confusion, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Roles in 2012 Batman threequel The Dark Knight Rises are public knowledge thanks to official word from Warner Bros., as reported on Deadline and the other usual sources.
Cotillard is playing Miranda Tate, described in the press release as “a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham.” Gordon-Levitt is John Blake, “a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon.” Both characters appear to be original to the movie, and not adapted from the comic books. Last month, reports circulated that Gordon-Levitt would be playing mobster offspring Alberto Falcone, from Batman: The Long Halloween.
Both Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt worked with The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan in last year’s Inception; today’s casting news also served as official confirmation that they both will be appearing in the film, following weeks of widespread rumors. The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for release on July 20, 2012.