AQUAMAN & THE LOST KINGDOM Concept Art Spotlights Alternate Mera Costume Designs

AQUAMAN & THE LOST KINGDOM Concept Art Spotlights Alternate Mera Costume Designs AQUAMAN & THE LOST KINGDOM Concept Art Spotlights Alternate Mera Costume Designs

Some new concept art for James Wan's Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has been shared online, giving us a look at a couple of unused costume ideas for Amber Heard's Mera...

By MarkCassidy - Mar 11, 2024 10:03 AM EST

Concept artist Darrell Warner has shared some water-color illustrations spotlighting alternate costume designs for Amber Heard's Mera in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

These aren't a million miles away from the looks Heard sported in the movie, but the first is quite a bit more colourful, and the headdress/gown combo is more elaborate.

Despite being noticeably absent from most of the movie's marketing (she didn't even get a character poster), Mera ended up having a slightly bigger role in James Wan's sequel than we expected - and wasn't killed off, as early rumors claimed she would be.

Aquaman 2 didn't get off to the best start at the box office, but actually ended up performing pretty well (all things considered), and ended up passing Black Adam to become the highest-grossing DC movie of last year.

This will most likely be Heard and Jason Momoa's final time playing their respective characters (though the latter might just return as Lobo), however, as the DCU relaunch gets underway with James Gunn's Superman.

"Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.

All returning to the roles they originated, Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry/Aquaman, no, after w balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father; Patrick Wilson is Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, who must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally; Amber Heard is Mera, Atlantis’ Queen and mother of the heir to the throne; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Black Manta, committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis; and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, a fierce leader and mother with the heart of a warrior. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin."

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Forthas - 3/11/2024, 10:47 AM
They should have gone with the alternate costumes!
mountainman - 3/11/2024, 10:52 AM
Wife and I watched this Friday night. Thoughts:

1) I give this movie credit for trying. It went so over the top and ridiculous at times
2) It was kind of funny how all of Amber Heard’s dialog got cut. Mera had a reasonably sized role, but she just appeared there as a prop and almost never said anything lol
3) The CGI was too much and really hurt my eyes at time. It felt more like a video game than a movie
4) Loved Patrick Wilson
5) Black Manta was wasted for the second movie in a row
6) There are small horror sections where Wan’s skillset are highlighted
7) It was not a good movie. Worse than the first one. Such a disappointing end to the first DC cinematic universe.
Forthas - 3/11/2024, 11:26 AM
@mountainman - I could not make it through the whole movie. I saw the beginning and end at different viewing times because it is just really bad.
mountainman - 3/11/2024, 11:33 AM
@Forthas - We paused it about halfway through and did a bunch of stuff around the house. We really debated not finishing it, but we decided to. It is a bad movie. Maybe one of the worst in the DCEU, which is saying a lot.
lazlodaytona - 3/11/2024, 11:48 AM
@mountainman - Patrick Wilson can do no wrong
lazlodaytona - 3/11/2024, 11:49 AM
@mountainman - so, what 'kinda stuff?!' :D
mountainman - 3/11/2024, 12:17 PM
@lazlodaytona - I wish it was brag worthy, but we were doing dishes and some organizing in the basement. Nothing too exciting.
bkmeijer1 - 3/11/2024, 3:44 PM
@mountainman - I agree. Overall I thought it was still entertaining enough with the good things outweighing the bad things.

Think Patrick Wilson eating a hamburger with a cockroach in it is probably the funniest way to end the DCEU. Never expected that
mountainman - 3/11/2024, 4:40 PM
@bkmeijer1 - I’d say bad outweighed good just due to over bearing CGI, Black Manta being disappointing, and too many lame jokes. But I do appreciate just how ridiculous it was throughout. Maybe i’ll appreciate it more down the road as a “so bad it’s good” type of movie.
bkmeijer1 - 3/11/2024, 5:44 PM
@mountainman - I guess I already kinda got to that point because the first one already prepared me for itm I'll admit this one took everything a little further though.

I actually kinda like Black Manta though. He was kind of a lackey, but I did like who he was a lackey too. Dude got creepy at times.
mountainman - 3/11/2024, 8:17 PM
@bkmeijer1 - I wish it would have been him and not him possessed by a dead king. It took away his arc to an extent. Rather than him wanting revenge for his father, it became him instituting the will of the dead king.
bkmeijer1 - 3/12/2024, 3:05 AM
@mountainman - I kinda saw it as him willingly getting possessed by the dead king and not caring what comes after, as long as Aquaman ended up dead. Think it would've been better if it was more clearly just Mants though
GeneralZod - 3/11/2024, 11:25 AM
By the way, $434 million global box office despite weak promotion. Contrast that to the heavily-promoted The Marvels, which pulled in $206 million global box office, and that tells you what audiences like and dislike.
Origame - 3/11/2024, 11:33 AM
@GeneralZod - quite frankly, the fact they put muscular shirtless men on screen proved they understood the female demographic and what would appeal to them better than the marvels ever could.
lazlodaytona - 3/11/2024, 11:51 AM
@Origame - like us dudes don't wanna see a good set of boobies
DocSpock - 3/11/2024, 12:08 PM
@GeneralZod -

Comparing these 2 awful movies is like deciding whether you want to get kicked in the nuts or punched in the nose. Both are very bad options with no upside.
mountainman - 3/11/2024, 1:41 PM
@GeneralZod - I haven’t seen The Marvels, but this movie was definitely bad.
GeneralZod - 3/11/2024, 3:43 PM
@Origame - Exactly!
DarkeyeZ - 3/11/2024, 5:16 PM
@GeneralZod - The Marvels was just as promoted as Aquaman. but yea, I guess it tells that audiences prefer muscular shirtless men to stare at on screen rather than hot females. so the majority of the audience is either female or gay.
GeneralZod - 3/11/2024, 7:18 PM
@DarkeyeZ - Well, The Marvels lacked a single hot female; had they had one, that might have sold more tickets. And of course, there were effectively no men in The Marvels except an emasculated Nick Fury. While Aquaman 2 had at least two strong males + one very attractive female, and, voila, more than double the box office The Marvels. Hmmmmm.
abd00bie - 3/11/2024, 11:40 AM
Tried to watch this the other day, it was so bad .. I fell asleep, then turned it off.
lazlodaytona - 3/11/2024, 11:53 AM
@abd00bie - you turned it off after falling asleep?! what else can u do while sleeping?
abd00bie - 3/11/2024, 12:34 PM
@lazlodaytona - your mother because she was a bore too
Skestra - 3/11/2024, 1:08 PM
@abd00bie -
lazlodaytona - 3/12/2024, 10:10 AM
@abd00bie - :D touché
SATW42 - 3/11/2024, 11:42 AM
I took the under on 7 comments before someone said "I wish they went with an alternate Mera Actress" so good job guys.
dracula - 3/11/2024, 12:04 PM
Finally saw it

Wow its obvious the Turd was cut down in this movie

Should have reshot scenes, could have helped

Anyone feel like the crab guy may have been used to fill in for some scenes

He really feels like just a tag along
mountainman - 3/11/2024, 1:45 PM
@dracula - Crab guy was definitely there to replace her dialog. He felt completely tacked on. And it was always funny how there’d be this scene where she was one of the major characters present, they cut to her, it shows her for a moment but she says nothing. It’s so obvious where they cut out all of her dialog.
99OPTIMISTPRIME - 3/11/2024, 12:10 PM
Hopefully the Aquaman franchise isn't shelved for too long. DC could really use more bankable properties, besides Batman. That first movie making over a billion, shouldn't just be dismissed as a total fluke.
bkmeijer1 - 3/11/2024, 3:48 PM
@99OPTIMISTPRIME - think that none of the main JL should be shelved too long. Superman and Batman already have movies, Wonder Woman and Green Lanterns tv shows, so that only leaves Aquaman, Flash and Martian Manhunter. That's doable
MarvelousMarty - 3/11/2024, 12:24 PM
Watched about 30 minutes and hated 30 minutes of it.
WhatIfRickJames - 3/11/2024, 12:34 PM
It was exactly what it was supposed to be. A popcorn movie. Performances were campy. Story was basic. The undersea kingdom was fun. Super low expectations going in so I wasn’t disappointed. They made a movie and it was fun for what it was
slickrickdesigns - 3/11/2024, 1:23 PM
Was there a hole in the backside so she can Amber Turd on Aquadudes bed?
DarkeyeZ - 3/11/2024, 5:14 PM
Watched this movie last night with some family and friends and finished it this morning by myself. This movie was so bad that everyone (but me) voted to turn it off, and we watched episodes of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm" instead. I only wanted to continue because I like to watch a full movie before judging....well...
This movie absolutely sucked. The fact that people were harping on The Marvels being bad, but being quiet about this just shows how jealous (and racist and sexist) some people are.
This movie was whack from the very beginning. The acting sucked. Jason Mamoa was trying so hard to be manly that he came across as a clown. The story was stupid. There is NO reason why Arthur needed Orm with him. The help he provided could have been provided by his mother or Mera.
Speaking of Mera, Amber Heard is awkward as hell in this movie...most the time she is just there...she speaks like, 5 times in the whole movie.
And it feels like they just threw in the baby (the magic baby that doesn't age in the span of 5 months) for something to be in danger later on.
This Movie makes The Marvel and The Eternals look like Oscar worth Masterpieces.
on the plus side....
DC has nowhere to go but up. I never had faith that James Gunn was going to "save DC", but I definitely have faith that he can do a million times better than Aquaman and the lost Kingdom and The Flash EASILY.
Damn this movie was bad.
dragon316 - 3/12/2024, 12:08 PM
Movie version look better

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