Aquaman director James Wan has unveiled a new look at star Amber Heard in-costume as Mera. With production on the DCEU installment well underway, fans of the franchise are now slowly shifting towards Atlantis. The rise of the aquatic superhero has been a long time coming for comic fans, who’ve never gotten the chance to see one of DC’s staples grace the big screen. Though they’ll get their first real chance later this year with the release of Justice League, the chance to see him shine in his own solo movie is an exciting possibility.
The buildup so far has focused on Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as the titular hero, but as production in Australia ramps up in earnest, more and more characters are coming to life. Earlier today, actress Amber Heard (The Danish Girl) announced her production start on Twitter, touting her hard work in the service of her role as Mera. Not to be outdone, director James Wan (The Conjuring 2) marked the occasion with a photo of his own.
Wan released the first picture of Heard as Mera, Queen of the Sea and wife to Momoa’s Aquaman. The image reveals a more traditional take on the character, compared to Aquaman, with her fiery red hair and green body suit. That certainly bodes well for Wan’s ultimate vision for the property, which DC hope will help course correct the franchise in the wake of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad’s poor receptions. You can check it out below:
UPDATE: Amber Heard has also posted a photo of herself in costume from her first day of filming on Aquaman - one which you can check out, below (via Heard's Twitter account):
Everyone involved in production seems to be excited, given the high number of set photos that have been released over the past few weeks since filming began. Earlier this month, we saw Heard in training for her role with Black Manta actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Baywatch) as they worked to get into fighting shape for the respective roles, and each new start date for the cast is being met with a slew of set and behind the scenes photos.
That excitement may translate into a film that’s exciting for audiences. It’s generally a good sign to see the cast and crew enjoying themselves on set, as enjoyment tends to translate well on the screen. Fun has been a component missing from the DCEU so far, with the tone for the three previous movies taking a decidedly dour turn. WB has previously acknowledged fan criticism and promised to start taking a new, more fun direction.
By all indications, they seem to be living up to that promise. Wonder Woman looks more exciting and colorful, reminiscent of the golden age of comic books, from what we’ve seen so far, and the excitement coming from the Aquaman set is a good indication. Striking the right mix of serious narrative and comic book fun can only improve WB’s major cinematic plans, and hopefully make them serious contenders against the MCU.
While it’s still too early to tell for sure, it’s hard not to be drawn into the infectious excitement of the Aquaman crew. Added to the visual aesthetics, as seen by Heard’s costume, and we might finally be seeing a major turning point within the DCEU. With the talent available to them, it’s certainly possible. Here’s hoping they follow through.
Source: James Wan
Update Source: Amber Heard
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
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- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020