WARNING: This text comprises MILD SPOILERS for Aquaman
Amber Heard was hesitant about taking part in Mera in Aquaman till she learn the comics. Earlier than she agreed to signal on to the DC adaptation, Heard had some reservations – not solely as a result of she was unfamiliar with the character, however with comedian books usually.
Earlier than Aquaman, Heard made her debut within the DCEU in Justice League throughout a cameo look. Within the movie, she meets Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) after a short altercation with the villain Steppenwolf, and he or she and Arthur then reminisce about his mom, Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), who he believes deserted him when he was a baby. Nevertheless, in Aquaman, Mera performs a way more outstanding and pivotal function – not solely in main Arthur nearer to reclaiming his royal title in Atlantis, however as a central character who units a lot of the story in movement. Because it so occurs, although, Heard almost handed on the function earlier than she realized simply how vital a half Mera really performed.
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Throughout an Aquaman junket interview with Display Rant, Heard, who is thought for starring in films like All of the Boys Love Mandy Lane and Drive Offended, revealed that she almost prevented taking over the function of Mera as a result of she was “completely unfamiliar with this world and comedian books, the entire superhero factor.” Nevertheless, as soon as she began studying the Aquaman comics, she had a change of coronary heart. The truth is, she was particularly drawn to the character throughout a scene wherein Mera is confronted by locals in a city that she and Aquaman had simply completed saving. The townsperson asks if her identify is Aquawoman, however Mera firmly declares that she has her personal identify, and this scene specifically attracted Heard to the character. She mentioned:
“I type of thought possibly they known as the fallacious actress. I used to be like, ‘Are you positive?’ And once I opened the comedian ebook and met her – the place she lives – I noticed why. It is a robust, badass, kickass, fierce warrior superhero in her personal proper. You understand? She is the driving pressure within the script- I imply, of the story. She’s the driving pressure of actually making Aquaman Aquaman. She turns Arthur into Aquaman. And she or he figures the whole lot out. She is aware of what is correct, and he or she is aware of what’s fallacious, and he or she has willpower to execute it. And I really like that about her.”
Heard additionally added to her enthusiasm concerning the function by calling out the significance of getting robust feminine characters in films – particularly within the superhero style. On condition that on-screen superheroes are predominantly male, save for the occasional exception, Heard was adamant that, “We want extra feminine superheroes. We want extra girls on this world. We want extra kickass, highly effective girls who do issues, which have complexity, which have company, who we will look as much as and be engaged [with]; our daughters, sisters – our youngsters – can see a powerful feminine. It is about time.”
Whereas the Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken steps in providing robust, vital roles to girls with characters like Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, and Hope van Dyne/Wasp, the DCEU was the primary of the 2 comedian ebook franchises to truly give a feminine superhero her personal standalone movie. The movie was Marvel Lady, and the outcomes spoke for themselves when it comes to field workplace returns, essential success, and a string of damaged information. Mera’s vital function in Aquaman is only one extra instance of how DC comedian ebook variations are bringing feminine characters to the forefront and making gender disparity on display screen a factor of the previous.
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Key Launch Dates
- Aquaman (2018) launch date: Dec 21, 2018
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