Aquaman star Amber Heard revealed that director Zack Snyder convinced her to play Mera after her reluctance to sign on for the role.
Heard first appeared briefly in Justice League as Mera and will reprise her role in James Wan’s upcoming Aquaman film. Heard spoke with Entertainment Tonight Canada during the Toronto International Film Festival and shared why she decided to sign on to play Mera in the upcoming DC film after initially turning it down:
“I said, ‘I am not interested.’ Then, Zack Snyder explained to me a little bit of who this character was and he said, ‘she’s a warrior queen, this is no damsel.”
Heard said she was intrigued after the pitch from Snyder and was told to read a comic book. After reading the comic book, Heard expressed how much she loved that the character was called Mera and not “Aquawoman.” Aside from the hydrokinesis, Heard went on to reveal why she really fell in love with the character:
“She’s also a bad a**, proactive, strong, ‘don’t mess with me’ character who does her own saving and I love that about her.”
Here is the synopsis for Aquaman:
“From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.”
Directed by James Wan from a script written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, the film stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane/Black Manta and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna.
Aquaman opens in theaters on December 21, 2018.
Source: ET Canada