How Aquaman Filmed Nicole Kidman’s Amazing Fight Scene In One Long Take

The DC Universe has had a fascinating tenure in theaters, filled with both peaks and valleys. The next movie to hit theaters is James Wan’s Aquaman, with the horror director tasked with bringing the DCEU underwater, and hopefully providing the first critical success since Wonder Woman. Wan assembled a strong cast of actors to bring the blockbuster to life, including Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother Queen Atlanna.

Atlanna’s role will help fill in the backstory of Arthur Curry, and she’ll even get a brief action sequence of her own. The scene was actually released early, showing Atlanna dispatching enemies in casual streetwear, taking up her trident in the process. James Bond opened up about the process it took to film the long shot, saying:

Well, that’s quite the production. Long shots in movies are tricky animals, with intense choreography and production needed to facilitate camera’s movements. And in order to properly show Atlanna fighting off a home invasion, an extensive set needed to be constructed. This let Nicole Kidman’s DC character have the range of motion she needed, and made for the thrilling scene.

While Aquaman doesn’t hit theaters for another week or so, the Atlanna’s big action scene was released early. You can check it out below, and see how James Wan’s crew skillfully crafted the thrilling sequence (via Comic Book).

In his same conversation with Slash Film, James Wan also discussed just how long it ultimately took to film Atlanna’s big scene. Given the long shots and complicated fight choreography and affects, the short but awesome scene took a ton of work. And a whole ton of takes. He said,

Luckily, it appears that James Wan and his crew ultimately got it together. Atlanna’s fight scene looks epic, and it will likely be even better on a big screen, where Wan’s visuals and the extensive choreography could be experienced in full.

Aquaman will arrive in theaters on December 21st. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

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