NEW YORK -- It's possible French actress Marion Cotillard could have been replaced as a love interest for Christian Bale's Batman in the movie "The Dark Knight Rises"

That's because she was due with her first child, a son named Marcel, around the beginning of filming for the third installment in the franchise.

Director Christopher Nolan tells the August issue of Vogue magazine that he wanted to "figure it out."

Most of her scenes were pushed back a month and Nolan made room on the set for Cotillard's family.

Still, he marveled at the Academy Award winner's ability to do her job so soon after giving birth, calling it "amazing to see" and describing her as "Superwoman."

Nolan and Cotillard also worked together on the 2010 film "Inception."

The August issue of Vogue hits newsstands July 24.

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  • Anne Hathaway As Catwoman

  • Christian Bale & Anne Hathaway

  • Tom Hardy As Bane

  • Christian Bale As Batman

  • Tom Hardy as Bane

  • Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate

  • Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox

  • Anne Hathaway

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Gary Oldman

  • Christian Bale & Michael Caine

  • The Tumbler

  • Tom Hardy & Christian Bale

  • Tom Hardy As Bane

  • Christian Bale

  • Christian Bale

  • Christian Bale

  • Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

  • Christopher Nolan

  • Christopher Nolan

  • Anne Hathaway

  • Christopher Nolan

  • Gary Oldman

  • Morgan Freeman & Christian Bale

  • Morgan Freeman

  • Anne Hathaway

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Marion Cotillard

  • Nolan, Freeman, Bale

  • Tom Hardy

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Matthew Modine

  • Tom Hardy

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  • Michael Caine