Amber Heard is in Australia and ready to begin filming for her role as Mera in next year's Aquaman. The DCEU has been having a tough time translating their film plans into actual movies, but things look to be changing. While a few projects have seen the light of day, only this year's Wonder Woman and Justice League are sure things out of DC's vast stable of potential films. Luckily, Aquaman can now be added to that group.
Though the film has been scheduled to arrive in 2018 for years, numerous release date changes and production troubles with The Batman and The Flash have worried fans. Fortunately, their fears were put to rest two weeks ago with the announcement that production has officially begun in Australia. With pre-production and location scouting finished, the movie can now begin filming and is that much closer to becoming a reality. So far, we've already seen Willem Dafoe arrive on the Gold Coast to film his role as Vulko. The film has also continued to flesh out its cast, with Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) joining the movie as Murk and a young Arthur Curry recently added. Now, one of the film's leads is on set and ready to start shooting.
Amber Heard took to Twitter to share a photo of herself in the makeup chair on the set of Aquaman. With it, she announces that the first day of shooting has begun, meaning more behind-the-scenes images of the cast are likely to follow.
— Amber Heard (@realamberheard) May 18, 2017
As she notes in the tweet, she's spent quite a long time preparing for this film since she was first cast last year. Part of that preparation has been reading comics (like she is in the photo), but there's also been her half a year of fight training. Heard has been great about sharing behind-the-scenes looks at her preparation for the role, so it's nice to see that will be continuing even as the film shoots. We've previously seen her working on her combat skills, and even sparring with Black Manta actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Given how open the whole cast has been about sharing photos and videos, we'll likely get a number of looks at the movie and characters over the next year or so. What will make things more interesting than typical set photos from superhero films is the movie's setting. While a certain amount of outdoor and studio filming will take place, Aquaman's underwater setting should lead to some interesting photos and looks at the cast. It could also account for the long production window.
Generally, blockbusters shoot around 11–12 months before their release, with the tail end used for post-production and marketing. With Aquaman scheduled for December of next year, the movie has a good seven months on most films to shoot and do effects work. Hopefully, it will all lead to a unique action film when Aquaman debuts.
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- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020