Amber Heard continues to be a controversial figure when it comes to film fans and their feelings about her. The ongoing legal battles with her ex-husband Johnny Depp have created a deep division in pop culture and it does not show any signs of stopping. Many people continue to sign an online petition to have the actress removed from the upcoming superhero sequel Aquaman 2, and some new information that we have obtained is going to make those people even more upset at her continuing involvement in the DC universe of films.
According to our trusted inside source – the same one that gave Giant Freakin Robot its confirmed scoop that Josh Brolin will be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thanos – Amber Heard is going to play a major role in Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Director’s Cut by taking over for Jason Momoa’s Aquaman as one of the Justice League’s members. As we previously mentioned in our other scoop, both Aquaman and Wonder Woman look to be dead by the ending of Justice League: Director’s Cut. After the death of Aquaman, Mera will take his place. Exactly how she would be utilized moving forward from this story development is unclear at the moment.
We already brought up some of the continuity questions this new development will create in our other scoop, but it is worth wondering how the DC film universe would move forward with such a radical change. Amber Heard is obviously still set to appear in Aquaman 2 and presumably other future DC installments. But would the change from the original version of Justice League mean that the continuity of Aquaman 2 would also have to be reconfigured? Or will the time travel attempt by the Flash in Justice League: Director’s Cut be able to reconcile with the continuity we have seen in the first Aquaman movie?
Regardless of how all this shakes out, it would seem that Warner Bros. and DC have no plans to exclude Amber Heard from the role of Mera any time soon. If anything, everything we have been hearing points to her remaining an integral part of the DC film universe in the future. Granted, these plans can change at the drop of a hat, but other than the outcry from a particular set of fans, Amber Heard looks like she is here to stay as Mera. And if our new info is on the money, audiences could be seeing even more of her than ever before.
We will simply have to wait and see how substantial Amber Heard’s role in the future of the DC universe will be after Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Director’s Cut lands on HBO Max on March 18. Considering all of the media attention around her, you can bet that her presence is going to be the subject of a lot of internet discussion. Whether or not that ends up being beneficial to her or not will depend on a multitude of factors. If nothing else, the idea that she could be replacing Jason Momoa as the ocean’s greatest protector is an undeniably bold choice. Let’s see if it pays off.