The DC Extended Universe is announcing new movies practically every week. In an attempt to go head to head with the MCU's full phases of films, the DCEU has a ton of movies coming down the pipeline. One of the installments that is the most highly anticipated is James Wan's Aquaman movie. With an impressive cast and visionary director, it looks like Aquaman will go from being a silly side character to a badass film star. And one of these exciting cast members is Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman, who will play Arthur Curry's Atlantean mother. And now she's revealed exactly why she signed up for the film.
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. 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. Because, you've got to have some fun.
There we go. All it takes is the right director and the possibility of wearing pearls for Nicole Kidman to step into the world of comic book movies.
Joining Nicole Kidman in Aquaman are more impressive actors. Obviously Game of Thrones alum Jason Momoa leads the cast as the title character, while Temuera Morrison (aka Jango Fett from the Star Wars prequels) will play Arthur Curry's father. The cast is rounded out by Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
It should be interesting to see Nicole Kidman as a badass Atlantean. Kidman doesn't have much experience in the world of action, and I'm hoping she gets to kick some ass during Aquaman's runtime.
While Aquaman seemed like a less than popular character in previous media, the DCEU is taking steps to quickly make him a fan favorite. The trailers for Zack Snyder's Justice League paint him as a behemoth hero who does nothing but drink and fight. Instead of riding a giant seahorse like Super Friends, Jason Momoa's Aquaman would rather ride on top of the Batmobile, before launching himself toward some parademons. Aquaman also appears to be a source for comedy in the film, like making fun of Batman's costume in front of James Gordon.
How involved Nicole Kidman will be in Aquaman remains to be seen. It all depends on how much of the film will be set within Atlantis. Part of what makes Aquaman's story compelling is how torn he is between the surface world and underwater Kingdom.
Nicole Kidman is currently starring in HBO's dramedy Big Little Lies. The series finale is this coming Sunday.