“It’s great being the girl in the Batman movie”: Nicole Kidman’s Dream Came True 22 Years Later After Confessing What She Felt About Val Kilmer

Nicole Kidman has some honest thoughts about her role in Batman Forever.

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  • Nicole Kidman portrayed Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever alongside Val Kilmer.
  • The actress wished she had more role in the movie other than being the love interest.
  • Kidman got her wish when she starred in James Wan's 2018 superhero film Aquaman.
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Nicole Kidman played Hollywood’s leading lady for several years, but the actress wanted more from her profession other than being the eye candy. This is what she felt after starring in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever in 1995.

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Nicole Kidman in Batman Forever / Warner Bros. Pictures

She would be partnered with actor Val Kilmer who played Bruce Wayne. The actress confessed that there was one thing she envied about her costar and that was his great lips. For Kidman, it’s an essential when playing the Caped Crusader.

Nicole Kidman On Starring As Val Kilmer’s Love Interest In Batman Forever

In an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, actress Nicole Kidman shared what she truly felt starring in Batman Forever as Dr. Chase Meridian.


I remember going, ‘I wish had more of a role, though.’ It’s great being the girl in the Batman movie but I’m an actor and you go, ‘Gosh, I want more to do.’ So I would still love to do some sort of superhero movie where I get to do the cool stuff.

She played a criminal psychologist which even director Joel Schumacher admitted looked nothing like Kidman. The actress said that despite enjoying her portrayal of the flirty doctor, the character was not realistic.

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Nicole Kidman in Batman Forever / Warner Bros. Pictures

Dr. Meridian is often seen wearing tight black dresses, red lips, and perfectly styled hair which Kidman said was over-the-top. She did not give up her dream to star in another superhero movie where she would play a more significant character and in 2018, she joined Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.

The Australian star was convinced to join the franchise because of director James Wan. She told Variety:


I knew James Wan was going to do something really interesting and really fun, and I’ve wanted to work with him since he started out in Australia in low-budget horror, and I’ve followed his career. I do this with directors, I follow certain directors.

Wan was also enthusiastic to collaborate with Kidman. In fact, he showed the actress some of his drawings for Aquaman which resembled the actress, proof that he designed Queen Atlanna to look like Kidman.

There’s no one more perfect to play the queen of Atlantis but Nicole Kidman,” Wan told Comic Book. “She literally was at the top of my list,” he added, noting how much gravitas and emotion she brought to the character.

Nicole Kidman Chooses Aquaman Over Batman

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Nicole Kidman in Aquaman / Warner Bros. Pictures

Now that Nicole Kidman finally got her dream superhero role, the actress was asked to choose between Batman and Aquaman. Of course, she chose the latter (via Variety):


Well, you have to be with the one you’re with now, so I have to say Aquaman, right? I can’t be talking about an ex!

Evidently, she loved her role in Aquaman as she got to do some action in it. Her part also did not require her to wear skimpy outfits or be flirtatious like Dr. Meridian.

She may not be the leading lady in Aquaman, but she was the Queen of Atlantis, and that’s definitely the coolest role ever.


Batman Forever and Aquaman are both available to watch on Max.


Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.