Jason Momoa will make his first significant appearance as Aquaman in the DCEU in next year's Justice League. After that, he'll be swimming (see what I did there) to theaters through his own solo film slated for 2018. Fortunately for the water-based superhero, he won't be alone in either of those ventures, as his wife in the source material, Mera, played by Amber Heard, will be alongside him.
At first I thought she would already be Aquaman's wife during the events of Justice League and their relationship would be fleshed out in a more significant way in the solo movie, but that won't be the case (at least, partially). In an interview with Bustle, James Wan talked about Aquaman and Mera's relationship and its surprising twist. Apparently, it won't be smooth sailing:
"It starts off initially with them not quite clicking with each other. But then as the story progresses as they learn to try and work together, they get closer and closer. I think those stories are always such a great place for a filmmaker like myself to have fun with my actors."
These comments, while intriguing, don't initially give us any innovative details about Aquaman's story. After all, we've seen hate-turned-to-love relationships in fiction over and over again. However, given Mera's confirmed appearance in Justice League, we could be getting one of the most well-developed romantic relationships in comic book movies we've ever seen.
What Does That Mean For Mera's Part In 'Justice League'?
James Wan talked about her and Aquaman's relationship evolving throughout the story, so where does that place Mera in Justice League? Zack Snyder revealed a few weeks ago our first look at Amber Heard as Mera.
In the picture, the character is wearing Atlantean armor, so it's clear she'll be involved in some way or another in helping the JL fight Steppenwolf; otherwise, why would she be wearing it? In Batman v Superman, Aquaman was shirtless during his cameo, when he (supposedly) wasn't expecting trouble. However, in the first official Justice League image, he's seen wearing armor:
As we know the people of Atlantis aren't always armored-up, it's very likely Mera will have at least a small role to play during the chaos. The question now is, why? If she dislikes Arthur Curry so much, why is she taking part in his battle? The easiest answer would be that Aquaman is the king of Atlantis, and she's simply aiding him regardless of her personal feelings.
James Wan has made it pretty clear that Aquaman and Mera will not get along during his movie. Yet despite the future lovers not resolving their problems in Justice League, a relationship, regardless of its nature, would naturally grow after an event like that, so...
How Will Their Relationship Develop In 'Aquaman'?
Mera already popping up in the DCEU works wonders for how her relationship with Aquaman could develop. In Aquaman's case, the pair will have had a previous movie to connect but it still wasn't enough to entirely put aside their differences.
That's an incredible, fresh angle to explore. Now, their love story could be much deeper: They have to learn to like each other; there's obviously some chemistry between them but they won't immediately accept it.
For such friction to exist between them, I'm guessing they have a history. So far, we don't know much about how the DCEU will handle Aquaman's origin story but we do know that, in some form or another, his solo film will explore that aspect. Earlier this year, James Wan talked about the nature of Aquaman's plot:
“There’s Justice League that happens before it, so I have to be respectful to that. But in a lot of ways… it’s a continuation but there are origin elements as well — and that’s the story that I’m excited to tell.”
What if, previous to the events in Justice League, there wasn't trust between Arthur and Mera? If his origin story in the DCEU is similar to the New 52, perhaps Mera sees him as an outsider. And, after the battle against Steppenwolf and whatever ends up happening in Aquaman, they realize they can count on each other. That would line up with the feel Wan wants to capture for their relationship:
"I really want to get the classic action-adventure-romance aspect through that, and I think that’s kind of fun."
There are many variables to consider for this under-water relationship, but most of the possible scenarios are good ones. While a comic book movie once again using a love story dynamic can be worrying for some fans, I'm excited about how it's shaping up.
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