Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Amber Heard in Talks for Mera in AQUAMAN & JUSTICE LEAGUE

Aquaman is about to get himself a love interest.

Variety has revealed that Amber Heard is in talks to join the cast of the Zack Snyder film Justice League Part One as Mera, the love interest of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.  According to the article, Heard would not only appear in Justice League Part One, but would also co-star with Momoa in the solo Aquaman film to be directed by James Wan.  Production on Justice League Part One is set to begin this April with Snyder directing from a script by Chris Terrio.

Heard, 29, has appeared in the films The Danish Girl, Magic Mike XXL, Machete Kills, The Rum Diary, Zombieland, Pineapple Express, Alpha Dog, and Friday Night Lights.  She also appeared on the television series The Playboy Club, Hidden Palms, Californication, Criminal Minds, and The O.C.

Created in 1963 by Jack Miller and Nick Cardy, Mera first appeared in Aquaman (vol.1) #11 as the former queen of an extradimensional colony called Xebel in Dimension Aqua who has the unique ability to form "hard water" objects, as well as super strength and powers related to her adaptation to living under water.  Fleeing the criminal Leron, who seized control of her kingdom, she arrived on Earth and met Aquaman and Aqualad, who vowed to help her.  Leron captured them, imprisoning Aquaman and Mera in Dimension Aqua. Aided by the water spirit known as Quisp, Aquaman managed to free Mera and defeated Leron.  Mera abdicated the throne of Xebel to Queen V'lana, and returned to Atlantis to marry Aquaman.  Soon after, they had a son named Arthur Curry, Jr., also known as Aquababy.

A few years later, Aquaman's enemy Black Manta kidnapped Aquababy and trapped him inside a translucent tank designed to suffocate him.  Desperate to save her son, Mera went on an ambitious crusade to Xebel to find a scientist that had the components for a special healing device that could save her son.  When she arrived, she discovered that her kingdom had been taken over by the traitorous Leron, who took Xebel hostage, casting the scientists and his components into the Great Pit.  Mera braved the pit and defeated Leron along with his elemental monsters in order to retrieve the device.  Sadly, she returned to Atlantis too late, finding her son dead.

In the 2011 continuity relaunch known as The New 52, Mera followed Aquaman, no longer her husband, to Amnesty Bay to find a new place in the world.  Mera had difficulty adjusting to society on the outside world and severe problems controlling her anger.  She later aided Arthur and The Others in uncovering the mystery behind the sinking of Atlantis and fought against Black Manta, who tried to obtain the ancient artifacts of Atlantis.  Later, she was attacked by the Dead King, the first king of Atlantis, who demanded that she lead him to Xebel.  The Dead King dragged Mera to the Bermuda Triangle and opened the Xebel barrier, but Mera managed to escape. When Mera returned to her previous home of Xebel to warn them, it was revealed that she was betrothed to Nereus, the current king of Xebel. Mera was imprisoned by the Dead King while Xebel soldiers controlled Atlantis, and refused to marry Nereus.  Aquaman arrived to free Mera and the Atlanteans, and together, they battled the Dead King and the Xebel soldiers.  When the Dead King was destroyed, Nereus and the Xebel soldiers retreated, allowing Mera to reunite with Aquaman and remain in Atlantis.

Justice League Part One is expected to arrive in theaters on November 17, 2017, followed by Aquaman on July 27, 2018, and Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019.

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