Aquaman Star Seemingly Confirms The Film’s Departure From DC Canon


Looks like The Aquaman Shrine was bang on point.

Just yesterday, sources close to the outlet alleged that King Nereus and Mera – played by Dolph Lundgren and Amber Heard, respectively – will be introduced as father and daughter in Warner’s Aquaman movie, not star-crossed lovers.

It’s a big departure from DC canon, though not a surprising one when you take the sizeable age gap between Lundgren (60) and Heard (31) into account. And sure enough, the former recently spoke to Las Vegas Review-Journal (h/t about his DCEU debut, which will seemingly involve playing the regal father to Queen Mera.

“It is good to be king. Basically, I try to keep the peace down there along with Amber Heard, who plays my daughter. She’s trying to convince me to join the right side. Then you have Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother. We’re trying to avoid war between the surface dwellers and the people of Atlantis.

Queen Mera in Aquaman

The fact that this comes just 24 hours after The Aquaman Shrine’s scoop leads us to believe that James Wan’s DC tentpole will indeed flip the Nereus/Mera relationship on its head.

What we do know for sure is that filming on Aquaman has now wrapped ahead of its December release, when Jason Momoa (Justice League) will be squaring off against a triad of power-mongering antagonists comprised of Patrick Wilson as Arthur Curry’s half-brother, Orm (AKA the Ocean Master), Abdul-Mateen as the sinister Black Manta, and Dolph Lundgren as the aforementioned Nereus.

With two DCEU appearances already under his belt – yes, that’s counting the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in Dawn of Justice – Arthur Curry will finally get that long-anticipated standalone movie when Aquaman docks in theaters on December 21st.