Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard took the box-office by storm on its release back in 2018. Directed by James Wan, Aquaman was an unlikely contender to revive the failing DCEU from its imminent doom. Despite being the butt of most jokes, thanks to the animated series Super Friends (1973-1985), Aquaman was universally acclaimed and earned a whopping $1.1 billion at the box-office.
Aquaman‘s massive popularity soon set the date for its sequel, a spin-off, and a mini-series. The spin-off named The Trench is set to be based on the horrific monsters Arthur and Mera faced in their journey to find the trident. The sequel to Aquaman is set to be released on December 16, 2022.
The combined efforts of Aquaman and Wonder Woman might have saved the DCEU, but DCEU’s problems might be larger than just creative differences and incoherent storylines. The DC Extended Universe might have cast the biggest stars of Hollywood, but their controversial past is catching up faster than the Flash.
Back in 2017 when the #MeToo movement took Hollywood by storm, the DCEU had to face the wrath too. Actor Ben Affleck was caught up in the controversy when his video of inappropriate touching surfaced back from 2003. His close ties with Harvey Weinstein also brought him to the centre of attention once again.
Similarly, Henry Cavill also faced some backlash for his comments on the #MeToo movement for which he promptly apologised. Gal Gadot has also faced criticism from Human Rights activists for her support of Israel against Palestine. Recently, Ezra Miller’s video surfaced on the internet where he can be seen grabbing a woman by her throat. Yet, the most shocking news which came up was the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard split which blew apart the internet with its grisly details of domestic abuse.
When the much-sensationalized divorce was first reported, all the evidence were pointed against Johnny Depp for being the perpetrator. But as the case progressed, Johnny Depp has produced some shocking evidence which turned the tide against Amber Heard within days. From his severed finger to audio proof, Johnny Depp’s case against his former wife has been gaining much momentum.
A few allegations made by Amber Heard were also found to be false for which Depp had filed a defamation lawsuit. As the case keeps progressing, both the parties seem to have been violent and volatile during their married years.
With damning evidence against Amber Heard, Atlantis might see a new queen replacing Heard in the upcoming sequel to Aquaman. Amber Heard’s past as a domestic abuser has also surfaced which makes the matter even worse for her. Johnny Depp’s ex-partners Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis have shown support for him which might be the final nail in the coffin for Amber Heard.
To remove Amber Heard for the upcoming Aquaman sequel, a petition was created on change.org which has been getting massive support all across the world. With over 4,64,000 signatures and counting, its goal to reach 5,00,000 signatures might be sooner than you assume.
Amber Heard’s portrayal of Queen Mera of Atlantis was well received by critics and fans. As the queen of Atlantis, Heard’s stern and strong portrayal of a comic-book female character on the silver screen was widely appreciated. But with the recent allegations, the DCEU and James Wan might have to replace her with another actress.
As the change.org petition gained traction, the rumours of Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke made the rounds. The Mother of Dragons soon became a household name after her universally acclaimed role of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. Her massive popularity and her past role with Jason Momoa, who played the role of Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones made her the likely contender to replace Amber Heard.
Jason Momoa’s Instagram posts often appreciate Emilia Clarke, with their iconic ‘Moon of my life, My sun and stars’ dialogue from the critically acclaimed show. Their past chemistry and Emilia Clarke’s popularity still fresh after the final season of Game of Thrones surely makes her one of the top contenders for the role.
Yet, recent news circulating on the internet might be part-shocking and part-surprising regarding the replacement of Amber Heard for the role of Queen Mera. A recent fan-art of Queen Mera became instantly famous for the artist’s choice of actress. The actress is no other than Gossip Girls star Blake Lively!
An Instagram user named @spdrmnkyxxiii released a fan-art with Blake Lively donning the costume of Queen Mera. Nothing short of astonishing, the art rapidly gained supporters to rally for the Green Lantern (2011) star to be cast in the upcoming Aquaman sequel.
Blake Lively’s uncanny resemblance to a true goddess and her similarity to the comic-book Queen Mera makes her our top choice to replace Amber Heard. If cast, it won’t be Blake Lively’s first venture into the superhero genre as she acted alongside her husband Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern. What better way to forget that disastrous movie than to star in one of the most anticipated DCEU movie?
Though no news has yet been released from Warner Bros., if current evidence is to be believed, replacing Amber Heard would be the morally right move for the studio. Till then, the internet can keep fighting over the Mother of Dragons taking up the mantle of Queen Mera against the Gossip Girls star Blake Lively.