Cotillard Talks Her “Dark Knight Rises” Frustration

The final film in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed “The Dark Knight” trilogy is also his most divisive. “Batman Begins” set the template for pretty much every reboot of a property you’ve seen in the past ten years, while “The Dark Knight” has become a truly iconic piece of cinema.

But ‘Rises’ is a different story. Beloved by some, disregarded by others and impossible to dismiss – it’s a film not short on ambition but also makes some odd choices that don’t always work.

One of its most contentious elements is that of Marion Cotillard’s Talia al Ghul. The last act reveal is a bit of a clunker, but worse is her death scene when she succumbs to her injuries following a devastating crash. Cotillard’s performance is fine aside from this one scene which just seems like an awkward and somewhat over the top take.

Talk of that scene has been enough that Cotillard spoke about it with Allocine (via CBM) recently and suggests that though people overreacted, she’s not quite sure why this scene was used:

“We’re all in the same boat, and if sometimes it gets out of control, then everyone is involved. Sometimes there are failures, and when you see this on screen, you’re thinking: ‘Why? Why did they keep that take?’ But either you blame everyone or nobody. But I thought people overreacted, because it was tough to be identified just with this scene. When I’m doing the best I can to find the authenticity in every character that I’m playing, it’s tough to be known just for this scene.”

“The Dark Knight Rises” opened in 2012 and went on to gross $1.084 billion worldwide.