Nicole Kidman wants you to know that her character Atlanna in the upcoming Aquaman is not just another mermaid. She’s not even a mermaid at all. She’s a crown-wearing queen, with nary a tail in sight.
Kidman told THR, “I got to be a mermaid. I got to be a Queen. I got to wear a crown. I got to lie on a rock with my hair strewn and blood and I kind of liked it. I’m not a mermaid, I don’t have a tail. I have a crown and I have a particular way of looking. I am a Queen.”
Atlanna has two origins in the DC Universe: Earth One and New Earth. In both, she’s the mother of Aquaman, a.k.a. Arthur Curry. In Earth One, Atlanna married human Thomas Curry and had his son before slipping into a coma and eventually dying of plot contortions.
In New Earth, Queen Atlanna had Arthur as a result of a psychic affair with the Mage Atlan. She abandons Arthur when he is born with ill-omened blond hair.
According to Screenrant, Kidman took the role when director James Wan described Atlanna as “a female warrior of the sea.” Here’s hoping her portrayal of Atlanna matches Connie Neilsen’s turn as the powerful yet concerned Queen Hippolyta in Wonder Woman.
We'll know how fabulous the tail-free Kidman will be when Aquaman is released on, egads, December 21, 2018.