JUSTICE LEAGUE – First look at Amber Heard as Mera

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It’s all or nothing at this point for Warner Bros. and DC Comics with their cinematic superhero universe. It’s not as if their films haven’t been financially successful so far, but they’ve taken a critical bludgeoning at the box office thanks to rampant studio inteference and an unclear direction. Justice League on the other hand, is looking to change all that. Zack Snyder’s big team-up movie is going to feature all manner of heroes, from brutal billionaires who get confused for owls through to titanic tsunami crushers of the deep.

And a few supporting characters added to the mix as well. IGN revealed the first look at Aquaman’s greatest ally, as Amber Heard suited up in some regal armour for a smackdown:

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And here’s some concept art of her design by Ian Joyner via io9:

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Damn, that looks utterly fantastic. Say what you like about Snyder, but his production usually includes some utterly fantastic costume design. In the DC Comics source material, Mera happens to be the wife of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and queen of Atlantis. She’s also a formidable fighter, able to match blows with heavyweight foes thanks to her unique biology that allows her to survive the crushing pressure of the ocean depths.

But it’s her skill with Hydrokinesis that really makes her dangerous. Mera can increase the density of water around her, essentially hardening it and reshaping it into various combat-effective shapes which she can smash into enemies. She’s basically a waterbender then. Anyway, that’s a fantastic first look at the Atlantean queen, although don’t expect her to have too much of a role to play in Justice League.

Amber Heard’s Mera will however, be far more prominent in James Wan’s Aquaman movie, which kicks off filming next year. As for Justice League, that’s currently still on track for a November 2017 release. And hopefully it doesn’t blow it’s reveal load before then with too much hype this time. Nothing wrong with keeping a few of those reveals secret, ya dig?

Last Updated: October 13, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

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