'Aquaman' snazzy first-look released: Amber Heard teases Mera and Arthur's relationship
Heard teased Wan's directorial won't be a yet another "damsel in distress" story and while there is an attraction between the two, that will not be the driving force for 'Aquaman'.
Before 2018 comes to a close DC/Warner Bros is preparing to take a dive into the deep blue oceans to end the year with a bang. James Wan-directed 'Aquaman' solo, releasing around the holidays in December is the next big blockbuster from the studios and given the amount of expectation attached with the standalone movie it is only natural that the franchise brings out its hype machines.
As part of the promotional rounds and set visits, JoBlo got some early insight into the relationship between the film's leads Arthur Curry and Mera, thanks to 'Aquaman' actress Amber Heard.
Heard, who debuted as the underwater princess in last year's ensemble set-up 'Justice League' will be reprising her character but in a greater capacity now that the entire film is dedicated to the story of the King of Atlantis. With all focus on her the dynamics in the water kingdom and Arthur Curry a natural question that surfaces is, what will be the nature of the relationship between the two. If Heard's words are any indication, Wan's directorial won't be narrating a yet another "damsel in distress" story and while there is an attraction between the two that will not be the driving force for 'Aquaman'.
"The thing I really like about this is I feel it has a more modern approach, I think, to what would otherwise be a more classic superhero formula. This is very much a story where they are equal partners. Because they come from different worlds, their strengths are very different. Where one excels in one world, the other is a fish out of water," she dished, teasing an equal partnership relationship between Mera and Arthur. "We both excel at being in our own worlds, and because we have our own identities and because our identities are tied up in who we are in our respective worlds, we share equal responsibility in the journey."
It seems like DC fans can finally hope for an unstereotyped account in the superhero movie universe, a trend already established by Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman.
Heard dished, "What I really love is that it does not rely on this whole damsel in distress formulaic thing we see all the time, we’ve seen a million times. He doesn’t rescue the girl and then save the world. He doesn’t — in fact, I save him."
"Like I said, they go on this adventure as equal partners and they end it that way. There is an element of attraction there, but it is not the thing — because they have a job to do, they have a mission to fulfill and are equal partners in the success or failure of that mission, that takes a back seat to this. Their relationship, that element is not the driving force or what brings them together," she added.
'Aquaman' arrives in theaters on December 21.