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Amber Heard still playing Mera in Aquaman 2 despite Emilia Clarke rumors

Published: 3/Sep/2020 4:12 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 4:52

by Isaac McIntyre


Amber Heard is still expecting to return as Atlantean queen Mera in Aquaman 2 when the DC sequel begins shooting in late 2021, despite rumors she had been replaced by Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke due to being embroiled in a highly-public $50m legal battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Depp and Heard have been locked in a brutal legal battle for months, with Heard accused of defaming her ex-husband. That apparently won’t have any effect on her return as Mera in Aquaman 2; she still expects to play a major co-starring role in the planned 2022 DCEU sequel.

Heard confirmed she will still return as the Atlantean queen after Depp requested a postponement of the suit from January until March-June. He requested the delay due to his schedule for Harry Potter franchise flick Fantastic Beasts 3.

According to Deadline, Heard will only agree to Depp’s proposed delay as long as it “would not entail any prejudice to her, much less unfair prejudice”. She expects to be shooting the upcoming Aquaman sequel in mid-2021, the star revealed.

Amber Heard alongside co-star Jason Mamoa in Aquaman.
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Heard still expects to appear alongside co-star Jason Mamoa in Aquaman 2.

Heard first appeared as Mera in Aquaman’s first outing back in 2018. She appeared alongside Jason Mamoa, who played the titular superhero. The DC movie raked in more than $1 billion worldwide, and earned itself a 2022 follow-up.

Question marks have surrounded 34-year-old’s return in the sequel since the ongoing defamation case first began. DC fans have even collected more than 500,000 signatures on a petition demanding Warners Bros “remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2 immediately.”

Emilia Clarke rumored to take Mera role

Rumors began rumbling behind the scenes recently that Heard had indeed been ousted, and Mamoa’s Game of Thrones co-star Emilia Clarke had replaced her. This latest Heard court request seems to crush those Clarke rumors, however.

Clarke does appear to have a clear slate for next year. The Thrones star was set to appear in West End production ‘The Seagull,’ but the play was suspended in March. Neither Clarke nor Warners Bros have publicly commented on the rumors.

Many Aquaman fans have been tipping Emilia Clarke to replace Heard as Mera in the sequel.
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Many Aquaman fans have been tipping Emilia Clarke to replace Heard as Mera in the sequel.

Aquaman 2 release date remains unchanged

While we may not know exactly who will be playing Mera, plenty of other information on the highly-anticipated Aquaman follow-up has already been revealed in the past few months.

James Wan is back on board to direct the sequel, and Patrick Wilson will indeed return as villain Oceanmaster. Wan has promised Aquaman 2 will have “a few more horror elements” similar to the Trench sequence from the original.

Aquaman 2 is currently penciled in to be released on December 16, 2022, in time for the holiday season. Production is slated to begin in mid-2021.

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When is The Boys season 3 on Amazon? Release date, cast, plot and more

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:56

by Daniel Megarry


Superhero satire The Boys has proven to be a runaway success for Amazon, and season 3 is officially on its way. We’ve rounded up all the teasers, cast details, and plot rumors we could find here.

In just two seasons, the streaming blockbuster has become one of the most talked-about shows of the moment, and there’s even a spin-off series in the works. It’s not surprising, really, given how wildly popular the superhero genre is right now.

But what makes The Boys stand out is its cynical view of those with superpowers, examining the corruption and self-serving motives behind their actions, as well as its brutal action sequences and mature themes.

It’s a far cry from Marvel’s idealistic view of superheroes.

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The Boys has been confirmed to get a season 3 as well as a spin-off series

While fans may have a while to wait until season 3 of The Boys arrives on their screens, there’s already plenty of teasing and speculation about what we can expect. Here’s everything we know so far.

The Boys season 3 release date: When will it air?

Like many other TV series and movies, production for season 3 of The Boys was halted due to the ongoing global health crisis. It’s now expected that filming will begin in early 2021, as confirmed by showrunner Eric Kripke.

There’s no official release date yet, and while there’s still a small chance we’ll get a release at the tail end of 2021, it’s looking more likely that we’ll be waiting until 2022 to get our next super fix. Yes, we’re as devastated as you are.

The Boys season 3 plot and storyline: What will happen?

While details on future storylines are scarce right now, we’re expecting to see the rivalry between Homelander and Butcher reach new heights, as both characters have now lost people they loved at the hands of the other.

Homelander actor Anthony Starr has promised that his character will be “let off the leash” following the season 2 finale, where, as well as being humiliated by Butcher and friends, he was blackmailed by teammate Queen Maeve and had his son Ryan taken away from him.

“It’ll be really fun, just seeing him go unhinged and exact revenge,” Anthony teased, explaining that showrunner Eric Kripke used the words “homicidal maniac” to describe his character in the upcoming season.

Homelander in The Boys
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Anthony Starr says Homelander will be “let off the leash” in The Boys season 3

“If you look at the end of Season 2, some people should be more scared than others, for sure,” he added. “William Butcher should always have an alarm bell ringing in his head, and I think some other people have firmly put themselves in the line of fire for season 3.”

It’s also expected that the new season will look into America’s “fraught” history with Vaught and the supes they create with the introduction of Soldier Boy, a twist on Marvel’s Captain America. He’ll be joined by his former team Payback, who have been described as “The Seven before The Seven”.

This gives the potential for the recently-decapitated Stormfront to get more screen time, too, as she was part of Soldier Boy’s Payback team in the comics. We’ll have to wait and see if she makes a return, either in the present or in flashback form.

Eric Kripke has teased that there will be tension between Homelander and Soldier Boy, explaining that the two are “pretty close in power” and that Soldier Boy was essentially “Homelander before Homelander, and for a much longer period of time”.

The Boys season 3 cast: Who’s joining the show?

Jensen Ackles – who starred in another of Eric Kripke’s shows, Supernatural – will be joining the cast to play Soldier Boy, who became “the first super celebrity and a mainstay of American culture for decades” after fighting in World War II.

“As Soldier Boy, the very first Superhero, he’ll bring so much humor, pathos, and danger to the role,” Eric said of Jensen’s addition to the show. “I can’t wait to be on set with him again, and bring a bit of Supernatural to The Boys.”

Jensen Ackles and Soldier Boy
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Jensen Ackles will star as Soldier Boy in The Boys season 3

We are of course expecting regulars Karl Urban (Butcher), Jack Quaid (Hughie), Erin Moriarty (Starlight), Antony Starr (Homelander), Dominique McElligott (Maeve), Nathan Mitchell (Black Noir), Jessie T Usher (A-Train), Chace Crawford (The Deep), Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko), Laz Alonso (Mother’s Milk) and Tomer Capon (Frenchie) to return.

It’s unknown whether Stormfront – who was only contracted for one season – will appear at this point, although it has been confirmed that she’s not dead after being badly burned and having her limbs severed in the season 2 finale, so there is potential.

“She’s not technically dead,” Stormfront actor Aya Cash told Entertainment Weekly, “but I think you’ll just have to see season 3 to find out what happened to her if she’s going to be around at all in her smaller form.”

Meanwhile, another minor character – but one who made a lasting impact – whose return has been teased is Love Sausage. Speaking during a Twitter Q&A about the show, Eric Kripke said that although it was “hard” to incorporate the character, he will indeed be making a comeback in season 3.

The Boys season 3 trailer: Is there any footage yet?

Maeve and Homelander in The Boys
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Queen Maeve and Homelander’s relationship will be rocky in The Boys season 3

There’s no trailer yet for season 3 of The Boys, and that’s (understandably) due to the fact that filming has yet to begin. We’ll keep you updated when one arrives.