With "The Avengers" now wrecking havoc at the box office (and fictionally on Manhattan's skyline), the speculation, rumor and anticipation falls squarely on "The Dark Knight Rises." 


Ever since the curtain descended on 2008's "The Dark Knight," fans have been devouring anything related to the final film in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. The final trailer released last week amped that fervor even more, and while it revealed (most of) the main players in the flick, there still remains some mystery about some character's true roles. 


Joseph Gordon-Levitt: still an enigma. We know he's a cop. There's speculation that he could turn into something much bigger, but we'll leave it at that. The other big mystery? Marion Cotillard, who plays Miranda Tate. We see her in the trailers with Bruce Wayne, even at times intimate, but those moments are brief compared to the other players. 


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In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 36-year-old finally pulled the curtain back a bit on Tate, saying that she's one of the "good guys" and has a strictly green agenda. 


“[Tate] is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises,” she says. “They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She’s a good guy.”


This adds to a previous report stating that Tate is “a Wayne Industries board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham.” 


OK, so she wants to make Gotham City a bit greener — but could she also have a darker secret? Perhaps as the daughter of a former teacher-turned-enemy that Batman dispatched in the first film? 


Cotillard told The Hollywood Reporter no to that last part, insisting that she stays "good" throughout the film. But that could also be good coaching by Nolan, who's known for keeping the secrets of his films under a tight lid. 


Regardless, playing a character that has a green background must certainly have been easy for Cotillard to step into. Over the years, she has been an outspoken warrior for Greenpeace and made conscious efforts to increase awareness about environmental issues. In a 2010 interview, the actress described herself as a "hippie-at-heart," saying that she’s “very happy with what’s happening now and how the awareness is spreading. Because 10 years ago my mindset wasn’t really normal for most people. I sounded like a crazy person talking about the environment.”

“Respect the place you live, be aware of the impact that you have on things,” she added. “I was lucky to have this education growing up. I was born in Paris and raised in the suburbs and then lived in the countryside. We had a beautiful house with a huge garden. When I moved to the country, I was really connected to nature and the seasons.”


"The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters on July 20, so we'll just have to wait to see how "good and green" Cotillard's character remains. You can check out a trailer for the film below. 



Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Will Batman embrace clean energy?
Marion Cotillard reveals she plays an eco-minded businesswoman in 'The Dark Knight Rises' with an interest in getting Wayne Enterprises to go green.