As the only film in the DC Extended Universe to earn over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, Aquaman is the surprise hit of the DC lineup. The Jason Momoa and Amber Heard-starring film was a massive success for the company when it was released in 2018, so it’s no wonder that DC would want to expand that universe. A new rumor is suggesting that DC might be looking to give Mera, played by Amber Heard, her own spinoff film.
The news was first revealed by Mikey Sutton of Geekosity, who said that not only does DC plan on expanding Amber Heard’s role in Aquaman 2, but are considering giving Mera her own film. Sutton states that the decision to give Mera her own film is part of DC trying to add more female characters to their roster. Beyond Wonder Woman, Mera is the only female superhero acceptable for all ages, while Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn has fallen into R-rated territory for the time being, with this year’s Birds of Prey, and next year’s The Suicide Squad.
Mikey Sutton also points out that while the Marvel Cinematic Universe is pushing for more female-centered films and television series, DC has stayed largely male, and looks to continue so in the future. While DC has their lineup fairly full until 2023, few of these films feature female leads, with Wonder Woman 1984 and The Suicide Squad looking to be currently the only exceptions, which explains why DC might want to expand Amber Heard in this universe.
However, in the latest trailer for Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, characters like Wonder Woman and Amber Heard as Mera get a few moments in the spotlight. Yet even with a wide variety of DC films in development, very few look to focus on female leads.
The rumor also references the frequent court battles between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, saying that Warner Bros. shows no sign of turning their back on Heard, especially after the recent court decision calling Depp a “wife-beater.” Warner Bros. has clearly made their choice in this couple, having fired Depp from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3, while the company seems more than willing to expand their work with Heard.
While it’s unclear whether or not we will see Amber Heard as Mera in her own spinoff film, since the project has yet to be greenlit, we will certainly see more of her in Aquaman 2. The sequel will have the previous film’s director James wan returning, with David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrich, co-writer of the first film, also signed on as screenwriter. Jason Momoa will also supposedly have larger creative output with this film, and Patrick Wilson and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are expected to return as well. The film is planned to begin production early next year, with a scheduled release date of December 16, 2022.
Even though we’re not sure if Amber Heard will get her own film in the DC Universe, it makes sense, considering DC’s last of female-focused superhero films. Especially considering the huge success of the first Aquaman film, Mera seems like a solid choice to help expand this world.