- "The land and the sea are one."
Meeting Thomas Curry
In 1985, Atlanna fled Atlantis as she did not want to marry Orvax as part of an arranged marriage. She met a human by the name of Thomas Curry, whom she fell in love with. A year later, in January, Atlanna had a child by Thomas, whom she named Arthur.
However, due to dangers that would follow her newborn son should he be discovered, Atlanna was forced to abandon him with his father, an act that affected her deeply. To ensure her child never forgot where he came from, Atlanna left him her trident as her legacy.
- "Your mother loved you more than anything in the world, but she had to return to Atlantis to keep you safe. Her marriage to King Orvax was arranged a long time ago so she had to marry him and bear him a son, Prince Orm. When Orvax eventually found out about you, he became overwhelmed with jealousy and sacrificed her to the creatures of the Trench."
- ―Vulko, to young Arthur Curry[src]
However, she survived by going through the maelstrom in the Kingdom of the Trench that is a one-way portal leading to the Hidden Sea. There she lived for twenty years, fashioning herself a set of grey armor that resembles the Trench creatures, attempting to obtain the Trident of Atlan which is the only way to escape, but always thwarted by its guardian, Karathen.
Reunited with Arthur
When Mera and Aquaman were swept apart by the maelstrom, Atlanna saves Mera from being devoured by a sea monster. Recognizing Mera, Atlanna removes her helmet, shocking Mera to see her former queen alive. Arthur approaches the two and is shocked to see his mother alive and well. Atlanna and Arthur happily embrace each other as they're finally reunited after years of separation. Atlanna explains how she managed to survive her death sentence and remained trapped in the lost kingdom for years. She tells Arthur not to blame himself for her situation as she made a choice to protect him and his father. When she asks about Thomas, Atlanna is moved when her son explains that his father walks to the pier and waits for her every day for the past years. Atlanna then tells Aquaman what he needs to do to retrieve Atlan's trident and watches her son go through the waterfall to retrieve it. He eventually succeeds in retrieving the trident, wearing new Atleanean armor as she proudly calls Arthur the true king of Atlantis.
Convincing Another Son
Reunited with Thomas
After Arthur's crowning as king of Atlantis, Atlanna returns to Thomas's lighthouse just as he walks down to the pier. Once he sees her, the two happily embrace and share a kiss.
When Atlantis discovered where she was, Atlanna attacked and killed the guards sent to retrieve her by the king, Orvax. Although she loves Arthur more than anything, she knew that she had to return to Atlantis in order to protect him and Thomas. Additionally, whilst he is fathered from King Orvax, Atlanna still loves Orm, despite how dangerous he is, as he is also her son.
Powers and Abilities
- Atlantean Physiology: As the former Atlantean Queen, Atlanna naturally possess incredible superhuman abilities above most Atlanteans.
- Superhuman Strength: Like all Atlanteans, Atlanna is superhumanly strong and as a warrior queen and therefore a high-born, she is far stronger than most Atlanteans and as strong as other royal-born Atlanteans. She was able to cast her trident with enough force to instantly break Thomas Curry's television and later to impale a Men-of-War soldier and lift him of the ground, as well as defeat many of these same soldiers with ease.
- Superhuman Durability: Atlanna is incredibly durable, as she could withstand immense underwater pressures.
- Superhuman Speed: While underwater, Atlanna can swim at supersonic speeds.
- Superhuman Senses: Atlanna possesses enhanced senses to help her better navigate underwater.
- Enhanced Vision: Atlanna's vision is better enhanced to help her see in the darker environment of the sea.
- Aquatic Respiration: Atlanna is able to breathe underwater. As an Atlantean high-born, she is also capable of breathing air without problems unlike most of her kind.
- Expert Combatant: Atlanna is an immensely skilled combatant, as Mera stated that it normally would have been her responsibility to defeat Steppenwolf, an ancient warlord of the New Gods, after he invaded the vault for the Mother Box in Atlantis. With her trident, she was able to defeat multiple Men-of-War soldiers with relative ease.
- Trident Mastery: Atlanna is highly skilled in the use of tridents, easily besting many Men-of-War soldiers. She is also an expert marksman with her trident, easily hitting one from a distance.
- Expert Swimmer: Atlanna, like all Atlanteans, is able to expertly coordinate herself while underwater.
- Atlanna's White Atlantean Suit: A skintight white jumpsuit bearing the Atlantean emblem.
- Atlanna's Royal Robes: After returning to Atlantis, Atlanna donned regal attire consisting of a flowing white dress lined with pearls, a jeweled belt, and her crown.
- Atlanna's trident: As the Queen of Atlantis, Atlanna primarily used a 5-pronged trident as her polearm. Atlanna used her trident to defeat several Men of War during the attack on the Curry Residence, and later left the weaponbehind for her son, Arthur to inherit.
- Trench Armor: Following her attempted sacrifice to the Trench, Atlanna used the carcass of a dead Trench as armor against the Karathen.
- In the DC Comics universe, Atlanna conceived her child with the human lighthouse keeper Thomas Curry within the Pre-Crisis and New 52 continuity. Originally she died young due to an illness and confessed the truth about her Atlantean heritage to Tom and Arthur on her deathbed. In Post-Crisis Atlanna has an affair with the wizard Atlan which led to the birth of Aquaman. She was later exiled from Atlantis for many years and after returning she is imprisoned, grows ill and passed away.
- The actress who portrays Atlanna, Nicole Kidman, is known for playing Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever of the Batman Burtonverse.