With Justice League about to begin its scheduled reshoots, under the headship of Joss Whedon, one of the movies’ staples is already in the process of working on his own solo feature film. Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry/Aquaman made his debut in Batman v Superman and although only appearing for one short scene it seems that the character has already caught the interest of audiences. With both Momoa and DCEU director Zack Snyder teasing that their version of the iconic hero will be the complete opposite of the fish-talking, bright orange clad iteration of the early comic book era, Aquaman sounds as though it could one hell of an action-packed underwater adventure – and not in a Little Mermaid kind of way.
The DCEU has a lot to boast about when it comes to its strong female characters, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman having made a strong impression in Batman v Superman – and we hope in her own soon-to-be -released movie as well – along with the likes of Amy Adams’ Lois Lane and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. It was only fitting that the most badass of the DCEU’s heroes have a majestic and powerful partner by his side.
Following news of the casting of Amber Heard in the role of Mera, Aquaman’s Queen in the comics, we saw the first image of the actress in full costume on the Justice League set, giving us a glimpse at what the character would look like. For Aquaman’s solo film, however, it looks as though the character designs have been revised a little, the kind of refreshment we would expect to be happening from film to film. The Atlantian now has a slightly more streamlined, scaly costume (appropriate for swimming) and what looks like a bolder shade of red hair, a throwback to her appearance in the comics. The film’s director James Wan took to Twitter to share the image with followers:
It is not yet clear just how sizeable a role this will be for Heard as the Mera is not considered to be a main focus in the comic book source material. No doubt, her introduction DCEU provides a good opportunity for the character to be realised in a way that movie goers will respond to, and perhaps even become an iconic hero of her own.
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Aquaman rolls into theatres December 21st, 2018