Amber Heard's Scrapped Aquaman 2 Costume Design Revealed (Photo)

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Not only was Amber Heard's role as Mera reportedly reduced for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, but she almost had a completely different costume.

For the Aquaman sequel and final film of the original DCU, Amber Heard reprised her role as Mera, Arthur Curry's wife, Queen of Atlantis, and the mother of Arthur Curry, Jr.

Now that the December 2023 film has come and gone, fans are learning more about what could have been. 

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Amber Heard's Other Aquaman 2 Costume

Concept illustrator Darrell Warner posted scrapped costume designs for Amber Heard's Mera in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

The first design Warner shared on Instagram shows the aquatic queen wearing a much brighter costume with added yellow coloration. 

Darell Warner's concept for Aquaman 2's Mera

For comparison, the following is what Mera's costume ultimately looked like in Aquaman 2.

Amber Heard as Mera in Aquaman 2
Warner Bros.

The second design Warner posted is a sketch showing Mera with an upswept hairdo and a coral-inspired headpiece, along with wearing an elaborate fish scale detailed gown and a Medici collar.  

The artist's Instagram caption reads as follows:

"MERA, MERA on the wall, who is the fairest of them all…… Costume concept drawing. Aquaman & the Lost Kingdom"

Darell Warner's concept for Aquaman 2's Mera

Certain elements of this design did make it into Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

For instance, the image below taken from the film shows Amber Heard wearing a gown similar to Darrell Warner's concept complete with that stand-up collar. 

Amber Heard as Mera in Aquaman 2
Warner Bros.

Where it differs is Heard's gown in the film features a more simplified bodice and that coral headpiece has been swapped for her standard crown. 

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Amber Heard's Aquaman Problems

The final year of the DCU was a rough one for the franchise's stars. 

Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom disappointed at the box office with the latter opening to a lackluster $27.7 million opening weekend. 

The year was particularly rough for Amber Heard amidst the ongoing fallout from her and ex-husband Johnny Depp's 2022 public defamation trial

Whether the controversy surrounding the actress impacted any design decisions for Mera's costumes is unknown but not impossible, especially if her role was further minimized due to legal controversy. 

Regardless, it is always fascinating to see ideas dreamed up for the big screen and what could've been in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is streaming now on Max.

- In This Article: Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Release Date
December 22, 2023
- About The Author: Savannah Sanders
Savannah Sanders joined The Direct as a writer in 2020. In addition to writing for The Direct's Star Wars, Marvel, and DC teams, Savannah specializes in the relationship between Disney's blockbuster franchises and the Disney Parks.