Mera and Black Manta will be enemies in Aquaman, but that isn’t stopping the actors from training together. Jason Momoa’s aquatic hero is poised to be one of the breakout characters for Justice League and just in time. His solo movie is set to hit theaters a full year after this year’s DCEU team-up, but the film will introduce the vast, unknown world he brings with him. As part of the introduction to Atlantis and the world that lies beneath the seas, Amber Heard will also be making her debut as Mera in Justice League, but will play a much larger role in Aquaman.
After already having her debut under her belt, she knows what it will take to get ready for a lengthy shoot – one that just officially kicked off. One of the biggest requirements for actors in superhero movies is being in top physical condition and that means lots of training in advance. Heard has been very public about her training in the past, and has found a new workout partner in her newest adversary.
Heard shared a new photo on Instagram of her training with Black Manta actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to stay in shape for Aquaman. While it is not too surprising to see two co-stars working and training together, Heard has fun with the photo and teases the eventual throw down they’ll have in the movie.
Even though Black Manta will more than likely have a majority of his conflict directly with Aquaman, Mera is sure to get involved in the action eventually. It may not have been clear before that her action scenes would eventually lead to her fighting Black Manta directly, and for all we know her caption could just be for fun and not a sign of things to come, but seeing Mera and Black Manta battle will certainly be a moment to look forward to.
In fact, all of the action in Aquaman should be something to keep an eye out for. Underwater fight scenes are not something that are commonplace in superhero films, or movies in general, so director James Wan could help crack this formula. If they are truly unique and special, this could be just another factor that helps set Aquaman apart. Wan has already proven himself to have a nice grasp on action scenes as shown in Furious 7, so there is no telling what he will come up with for Arthur Curry’s first solo film.