Ever since the Aquaman movie was first announced back in October 2014, Jason Momoa has been attached to play the title character. He is rumored to join the rest of his Justice League team members at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but we haven't ever heard who else will be starring alongside Jason Momoa in his stand alone movie. Today, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that actress Amber Heard is in talks to play the female lead, Mera.
The site reports that the actress will make her DC Comics Extended Universe (DCEU) debut in next year's Justice League Part 1, which is said to introduce a number of characters and story threads that will "fully launch" the DCEU. This news falls in line with a report from November, which revealed that Mera will first appear in Justice League Part 1 before moving over to Aquaman. The character is described as the "Khaleesi of the sea," borrowing a term from HBO's Game of Thrones.
In the DC Comics, Mera hailed from Xebel, an underwater colony made of descendants of Atlantis separatists, who were exiled from the kingdom. Mera was originally sent by her people to kill Aquaman, but they ended up falling in love, and they sought to unite all of Atlantis through their marriage. Mera has most of the same powers as Aquaman, but she also has what is known as aquakinesis, which allows her to manipulate water with her mind and create hard objects out of water, which can be used as weapons. Aquaman and Mera have also had a rocky relationship in the comics, with Mera turning against him on several occasions, forcing him to choose between her and their child.
James Wan is directing, with Warner Bros. currently developing two different scripts at the same time. The first is being written by Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire), with the second by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans). Will Beall (Gangster Squad) was working on an earlier version, but it seems he isn't involved anymore. Production is scheduled to begin this April on Justice League Part 1, but it isn't known when shooting will begin on Aquaman.
Amber Heard most recently starred in Magic Mike XXL and the awards season contender The Danish Girl. She recently completed principal photography on London Fields, alongside Johnny Depp, Theo James and Jaimie Alexander. Do you think Amber Heard is the right fit to play Mera in Aquaman?