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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

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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to return as Atlantean queen Mera in Aquaman 2 when the DC sequel begins shooting in late 2021, despite rumors she had been replaced by Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke due to being embroiled in a highly-public $50m legal battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp.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 Change.org 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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4 video games that deserve a live-action series after Assassin’s Creed

Published: 27/Oct/2020 22:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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With news that a live-action Assassin’s Creed series will be coming to Netflix, fans everywhere are wondering: what is next?

Netflix has generally had success bucking the trend of negative video game adaptations with its The Witcher series and Castlevania, so they have a good track record.

Now, with Assassin’s Creed next up and a Splinter Cell anime in development, the sky’s the limit for the streaming platform.

Here are four video games we want to see get a live-action adaptation in the future.

Snow in Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar Games
Red Dead has a lot of potential as a series.

Red Dead Redemption

Westerns are a genre ripe for premium television – just look at Westworld. With Rockstar’s second-biggest franchise, there are a lot of opportunities given the series’ different time periods.

Plus, the series itself may not have to center itself around Arthur or John Marston, but rather serve as a prequel about Dutch van der Linde.

With a large enough budget, Red Dead could be one of the best franchises to make a jump to Netflix and expand the lore in significant ways.

Shooting aliens in Dead Space
Dead Space
Life and Alien have proven space-themed horror works.

Dead Space

When it comes to video game horror, Dead Space is one of the greats and could make for a great series.

Given the success of space-themed horror films such as Life and Alien, it’s proven that the concept works well.

However, the game may work best as a limited series and keep the focus on seven episodes rather than turn it into a multiple-season show.

Max Payne poster
Rockstar Games
Max Payne is in dire need of a reboot.

Max Payne

Noir is always a popular theme and no video game does noir better than Max Payne.

While the series has faltered with film adaptations, the story and style of Max Payne is too impressive to leave it on the sidelines for much longer.

If the series can land the right director and get the right people involved, there is serious potential for it to be a hit. Combine that with the bullet time theatrics and Sin City vibes and you have yourself a winner.

Sim City 4
EA
Sim City would give writers a blank slate.

Sim City

Of all the games, you may be wondering why Sim City makes the cut. The answer is simple: the disasters.

The original game is iconic, but doesn’t have much in the way of a story, which could make for some unique perspectives and give writers a fresh start to work up something original.

With the game’s many disasters ranging from monster attacks to nuclear meltdowns, crafting a disaster type show could be the best option.