Nicole Kidman in talks to play Aquaman's mother

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May 3, 2017, 10:54 AM EDT (Updated)

After more than 20 years, Nicole Kidman may venture into the world of DC superhero movies again.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kidman is in talks to play Aquaman's mother in Aquaman, the first big-screen movie based around the Atlantean superhero starring Jason Momoa and being directed by James Wan.

Kidman last appeared in a DC-based film in 1995, when she starred as Bruce Wayne's psychiatrist and love interest, Dr. Chase Meridian, opposite Val Kilmer in Batman Forever.

If the movie follows Aquaman's traditional backstory, Kidman will play Atlanna, a member of royalty in the undersea kingdom of Atlantis. Atlanna leaves behind her life underwater and falls in love with a lighthouse keeper named Tom Curry, giving birth to a son named Arthur Curry -- who later embraces his destiny and becomes King of Atlantis, in addition to a founding member of the Justice League (both Atlanna's and Aquaman's origin stories were somewhat revamped in later years).

Kidman would join a cast that already includes, in addition to Momoa, Amber Heard as Aquaman's love interest Mera, Willem Dafoe as his scientific advisor Dr. Vulko and Patrick Wilson as Aquaman's half-brother Orm, also known as the villain Ocean Master.

The news about Kidman came on the same day as it was announced that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down) is also in talks to play Aquaman's arch-nemesis Black Manta.

Wan and Warner Bros. are looking to start production on the film in April down in Australia with a look toward an October 2018 release. After the DCEU's rocky goings-on lately -- with both The Flash and The Batman losing their directors -- Warner Bros. is no doubt hoping for smooth sailing with Aquaman.

(via Collider)