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After a year of delayed sets, a number of highly anticipated comic book movies are currently in the works. Case in point: James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, with the cast assembled to begin filming. This includes Amber Heard, although more fan art of Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke replacing her as Mera recently arrived online.
Actress Amber Heard has been making headlines for years due to her ongoing legal battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp. And after Depp was removed from his role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, some fans began campaigning for Heard to be fired as DC’s Mera. Now fan art has imagined Emilia Clarke in that role, check it out below.
There you have it. Looks like the Mother of Dragons would look pretty badass as Mera in the DCEU. And as Emilia Clark prepares to join the MCU in Secret Invasion, there are clearly those who would like to see her replace Amber Heard in Aquaman 2. Although there’s no indication of that happening.
The above image comes to us from Instagram, and it isn’t the first bit of fan art that’s surfaced online featuring Emilia Clarke as Mera. Amber Heard and her team have denied any reports of her leaving the DCEU, with the actress hyping her upcoming appearance in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. But that hasn’t stopped online chatter from those who criticize her involvement.
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Online petitions for Amber Heard’s removal from Aquaman 2 came in direct response to Johnny Depp being fired from the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Depp was asked to step down as Grindelwald after the U.K. courts ruled against the actor in his libel case against The Sun. And as the former couple continues to battle in court, there’s been no indication of Heard being given the same treatment by Warner Bros..
And as these rumors about Amber Heard swirl, including some involving Game of Thrones favorite Emilia Clarke, she’s continued to stay committed to the role of Mera in the DCEU as a whole. In addition to diving back into Atlantis in Aquaman 2, Mera recently reprised her role as Mera in reshoots for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. As such, moviegoers are especially invested in Heard’s signature character.
Exactly what Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will entail remains a total mystery at this point, but updates from the set are already going viral. Fans are eager to catch back up with the various characters from the underwater property, including Mera. We’ll just have to wait and see what James Wan has up his sleeve.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is currently set to arrive in theaters on December 16th, 2022. In the meantime, check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.