Aquaman, which saw the return of Nicole Kidman to superhero films, has surged to the fifth spot on Netflix’s top ten films list worldwide four years after its release. This might have something to do with the recent release of its sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which arrived in theatres on December 22nd, 2023.
The film, directed by James Wan, introduced half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry, played by Jason Momoa, to the world of live-action. However, it also drew attention to the inclusion of Kidman in the role of Queen Atlanna.
Having last ventured into the comic book realm in 1995’s Batman Forever, Kidman’s return to the genre after nearly three decades was a noteworthy event. In Aquaman, Nicole Kidman took on the role of Queen Atlanna, a powerful figure in the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. She was ever graceful, willowy, and regal as the Atlantian monarch.
The decision to join the Aquaman cast, however, was not solely about revisiting the world of superheroes.
Kidman had known and admired Wan’s work for years. James Wan is most well known for his films like The Conjuring, the Saw series, and the Insidious franchise. However, the actor revealed the real reason she chose to be in Aquaman in an interview, “As soon as he [Wan] said I could wear mother-of-pearl and be a mermaid warrior, I said I’m done,” Kidman continued as per IGN, “Please. If there is one thing I have to do in my life, I have to be that.”
The fifth-highest-grossing film of 2018, Aquaman has garnered 16.8million hours of viewing within a week on Netflix, catapulting it into the top ten films in multiple countries, including South Korea and the United States. Aquaman stars Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, in addition to Nicole Kidman and Jason Momoa.