While many of the DCEU films currently in development — such as The Flash and The Batman — have had major production issues, Aquaman has had the smoothest process. Aside from a release date delay, James Wan's first superhero film is ready to begin shooting with an impressive cast, which includes Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and Nicole Kidman.
The latter actress was confirmed to have joined the film a few months ago as Aquaman's mother, Atlanna. It's safe to say many of us were caught off-guard by that reveal. After her involvement in Batman Forever in 1995, it was difficult to picture her returning to the superhero genre.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, however, the actress confirmed once again that, yes, she will be bringing Atlanna to life in the DCEU. It's always nice to have multiple confirmations for a movie like this, but the thing is: Have you ever wondered what exactly encouraged her to take on the role? We finally know, and it came down to three aspects: the director, sweet powers, and versatility.
First, she revealed that James Wan's nationality and friendship played a big part in her decision:
“The reason why I love [Aquaman] is James Wan is an Australian, and I’ve followed his career since he started. He’s a really good friend of mine, and he offered to let me play Queen Atlanna."
Then came the sweet powers that inevitably come with the superhero gig, which she lacked in Batman Forever:
“As soon as he said I could wear mother-of-pearl and be a mermaid warrior, I said I’m done. Please. If there is one thing I have to do in my life, I have to be that. [Laughs] Because, you’ve got to have some fun.”
I mean, that is pretty cool. Finally, she cited her interest in eclectic roles as a big influence to participate in such a big-scale film:
“The truth of it is I love auteurs and I love philosophical filmmakers. That’s why I love that Big Little Lies got made. That’s why I’ve gone back to a very subversive film with The Killing of a Sacred Deer. I like the high-wire act of it. I believe in not towing the line. Conformity is what I run from.”
Thankfully, those attractive elements were on the table to get her on board the project, because Kidman is a great example of...
The Perfect Role Going To The Perfect Actress
Despite Atlanna's caring nature, there's a very special toughness to the character that shines throughout her various adventures. She was a queen who found freedom outside her realm with a human. And who, upon her return to her kingdom, was met with terrible abuse from her husband, to the point where she had to fake her own death to escape.
There's a storyline I particularly enjoy that follows that story thread, with Arthur Curry searching for her mother after discovering her death was a hoax. When Aquaman finally confronted Atlanna, she was unwilling to believe that he was her son, and straight up tried to kill him. But she didn't do it out of a misguided sense of violence or strength. She simply wasn't ready to trust someone after all she'd been through.
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That run gave Atlanna many interesting layers that made her her own character, separate from the Aquaman identity.
So Atlanna needed an actress who could portray those same sensibilities with a captivating subtleness. She is elegant, vulnerable and fierce, all at the same time.
Nicole Kidman has proven time and time again her ability to embody those attributes. If she allows her incredible acting talent to shine, there's no doubt in my mind she'll be able to make this character her own and be a scene-stealer in the film. I must admit, I can't wait to see what she does and brings to the role.
Aquaman swims into theaters on December 21, 2018, but first we'll see Aquaman in Justice League on November 17, 2017.
What do you think about Nicole Kidman as Atlanna? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]