How A lot Amber Heard Is in Sequel


Amber Heard seems within the “Aquaman” sequel, however her position is barely a fleshed-out character.

Heard returns as Mera, Aquaman’s love curiosity, however followers could also be stunned by how little she’s truly in “Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom.”

Regardless of being a lead in 2018’s “Aquaman,” Mera is minimized to a tertiary character with little dialogue within the sequel, despite the fact that she’s now married to Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and has given start to their new child youngster.

In the course of the defamation trial towards her former husband, Johnny Depp, Heard testified she was given a pared-down position within the sequel, claiming a few of her motion scenes had been eliminated and she or he fought to remain within the film. (In the identical trial, Walter Hamada, the previous president of Warner Bros.’ DC Movies, denied that declare throughout a prerecorded deposition saying Heard was by no means a colead within the sequel.)

Amber Heard is still in "Aquaman 2."

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In October, Selection reported at the least two scenes with Heard had been lower, together with a struggle with the villain, Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), and a love scene with Aquaman.

Although Heard seems briefly in just a few motion sequences within the first 35 minutes and the ultimate half hour, her complete display time clocks in at round 15 to twenty minutes.

Within the under-two-hour movie, she has a complete of 11 transient talking components.

So as, this is a breakdown of Mera’s strains in “Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom.”

Within the first ~35 minutes:

  1. Mera to Aquaman: “Arthur, the council has known as for an emergency gathering. There’s been one other plague outbreak.”

  2. Mera to the council within the following scene: “There have not been outbreaks like this in ages. Why now?”

  3. Mera to Aquaman’s mother, Atlanna (Nicole Kidman): “They raided the storage vault, we will not allow them to get away.”

Within the ultimate half-hour:

  1. Mera speaks about Black Manta to Atlanna, Orm, and Aquaman in her longest line of dialogue.

  2. “The place’s Jr.?”

  3. Mera screams “No!”

  4. Mera to a gaggle: “Not with Jr. within the crossfire.”

  5. Mera to a gaggle: “That is proper. Ultrasonic echoes.”

  6. Mera to nobody specifically: “I sense one thing within the water.”

  7. Mera to Dr. Shin: “Thanks.”

  8. Mera to Orm: “Sure, all this ice. It might be unattainable to seek out the physique.”

Mera is neutered with no persona in ‘Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom’

Amber Heard as Mera underwater trying to break out of something in "Aquaman 2."

Mera early in “Aquaman 2.”

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Early on, Mera seems ruling Atlantis and finishing up periods with the council. When Atlantis is attacked, Mera jumps into motion to defend her individuals and will get critically injured by Black Manta.

She’s sidelined for almost all of the film, therapeutic till she returns within the ultimate act to assist Aquaman and Orm defeat Black Manta.

Devoid of any actual depth, Heard’s whole existence in “The Misplaced Kingdom” feels purely contractural to satisfy her three-movie take care of Warner Bros.

Nearly all of Heard’s display time consists of silence as she awkwardly sits and stands fairly beside or behind Aquaman, seemingly biting her tongue. Like Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” whom Mera resembles together with her crimson hair and inexperienced outfit, it is like somebody stole her voice.

Upon the uncommon second Mera speaks, it is largely in simplistic sentences. She hardly ever utters a couple of piece of dialogue at a time. In any other case, Mera’s relegated to some grunts and amusing.

Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry and Amber Heard as Mera in "Aquaman."

Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry and Amber Heard as Mera in “Aquaman.”

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It is an enormous departure from her position within the first film the place Mera has full, significant conversations with Aquaman and Orm.

A shell of herself, Mera’s neutered with a paper-thin persona within the sequel. At instances, she appears solely constructed by CGI in motion scenes.

Whereas she will get to point out off her powers a handful of instances, the brand new mother would not even get a lot display time together with her child boy, Arthur Jr. Aquaman and his father (Temuera Morrison) deal with most of Jr.’s parenting on land whereas Mera guidelines Atlantis off-screen as queen.

Consequently, Mera’s love story is not plausible, as Heard and Momoa trade minimal dialogue and a singular kiss between them is devoid of a spark. (Hamada claimed a scarcity of chemistry between the pair induced WB to think about recasting her position within the sequel.)

Probably the most enjoyable Heard seems to have on-screen is when Mera makes use of her water energy to direct their son’s pee in Aquaman’s face as he modifies a diaper, leading to a gleeful chortle on her half.

Heard was reportedly by no means purported to have an enormous position within the sequel

In a September interview with Leisure Weekly, director James Wan stated Heard was by no means set to colead the sequel. The plan was to make a bromance with Arthur bonding together with his estranged brother Orm.

Jason Momoa and director James Wan on the set of "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom."

Jason Momoa and director James Wan on the set of “Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom.”

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Regardless of WB and Wan’s declare, it is powerful to imagine there wasn’t one other model of this movie the place Mera teamed up together with her husband to trace down his brother and the trio confronted Black Manta.

As a substitute, Aquaman groups up with an octopus (Topo from the primary film) along with his brother Orm.

Whereas Aquaman and Topo might have been the plan all alongside (the cephalopod was Aquaman’s typically sidekick within the comics), it definitely looks like Heard was ditched for an octopus.

The film had a chance to discover the awkward pressure between Mera, Orm, and Aquaman since Arthur received Mera over from his brother — a plot level Black Manta overtly shames the hero for within the sequel as fairly tousled. It went a tamer route.

No matter Heard’s runtime, she’s the winner in the long run. Heard stated she earned $2 million for the sequel earlier than any further box-office bonuses.

“Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom” is now enjoying in theaters.


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