Marion Cotillard NOT Playing Talia al Ghul In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

As far as The Hollywood Reporter is concerned, Marion Cotillard has now laid it to rest: if Talia al Ghul makes a "The Dark Knight Rises" appearance, it won't be her.

THR reports today that the French actress went a step further and confirmed that her role in director Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy finale was in fact "very, very small."

Big or small, her shooting schedule began in June 2011 and meandered off and on throughout the year and across shoots in New York, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.

Had she been playing Talia, she'd have taken up the role of another Bruce Wayne love interest - a list of "casualties" that already includes this trilogy's Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal. In Batman's lore, Talia is the daughter of late (and historically, nigh immortal) megalomaniac Ra's al Ghul, and has a complicated on-again, off-again love affair with Wayne. She instead portrays a woman named Miranda Tate, described as an ecologically minded businesswoman who, to quote Cotillard, "is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She's a good guy."

To which Cotillard adds, yes, she stays that way.

"The Dark Knight Rises" stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman. It hits theaters everywhere July 20.