Her name is Mera but there’s no reason for you to know that yet. Today IGN released the first look at Amber Heard in costume as Aquaman’s wife and queen, Mera—which makes me think a new trailer is coming which will show Mera in action—and it is isn’t horrible. In fact, I quite like it. It’s a full body suit and while Amber Heard, like Scarlett Johansson, has a crazy body that makes everything sexy, the costume itself isn’t particularly sexy. It is, however, incredibly detailed, and I really dig the shoulder bits. That’s the kind of fun detail I like to see on a superhero costume.
Ditto for the headpiece. I love that they’ve included Mera’s crown. Besides Loki’s horns, the Marvel movies haven’t really embraced anyone’s crazy headwear. Chris Hemsworth never wears Thor’s helmet—I’ve heard he hates it—and to date, Scarlet Witch has not donned her famous tiara, so it’s fun to see a superhero sporting some head flair. (Although to be fair, Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok has a BONKERS headpiece, but we’re a long way from seeing it.)
The only real complaint I have about Mera’s costume is the same complaint I have about Wonder Woman and Superman—it’s so f*cking DARK. This is Zack Snyder’s vision of the Atlantean queen, so of course the color is leached almost entirely out of the frame and Mera looks unhappy. Aquaman is a deeply silly character, and I am a little put off that everything we’ve seen of Aquaman, and now Mera, is so f*cking serious and dark. I only hope that James Wan, who is directing the stand-alone Aquaman movie, understands that this is supposed to be fun.