New 'Justice League' Toys Give a Better Look at Mera, Queen of Atlantis

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 - 10:08AM
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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 - 10:08AM
New 'Justice League' Toys Give a Better Look at Mera, Queen of Atlantis
Image credit: Warner Bros, IGN, DC Studios
If there's one character that encapsulates the ongoing tonal war within the DCEU, it's Amber Heard's Mera. Our first look at the character gave us a washed-out, colorless, dark and gritty hero who fits perfectly with everything Zack Snyder has done for the movie series, while our next look instead presented a bright green (and somewhat ill-fitting) costume that looked more akin to an actual comic book page, which hinted at the bright, colorful future that Warner Bros executives keep promising us. Now, a brand-new Barbie-style toy gives us a glimpse of how these two very different portrayals of Mera are fighting for supremacy in the run-up to Justice League.

Here's a look at the grim, gritty, oddly sepia-tinted character in the toy's box art:



And, for comparison, here's the bright green and gold toy itself:



So which version of the character is accurate in terms of how Amber Heard will appear in Justice League? Well, the assumption should probably be that Mera's toy is deliberately more colorful than the movie's version of the character, because doll fans are never really into sepia-tinted toys when they could instead have something eye-catching and colorful. In and of itself, this speaks volumes about why it's a bad idea to try and market an overly dark and gritty movie to kids if you're hoping to sell merchandise in the first place, but at least it suggests that DC is making baby steps towards actually understanding their audience.

It's worth assuming that Amber Heard won't exactly be a big part of the upcoming ensemble movie. Just as Aquaman himself has a teeny tiny cameo in Batman v Superman (still the only time we've actually seen him on-screen in a DC movie), Mera is probably going to be in a couple of scenes at most for the sake of worldbuilding (and, no doubt, just enough to allow DC to test the water with regards to her toy sales), with James Wan's Aquaman movie being far more important to actually giving her a solid role to play and developing her character arc.




When that happens, it's worth assuming that Mera will have all but ditched her subdued, regal uniform in favor of something with a little more bright color. James Wan seems eager to make Aquaman a fun, optimistic film in the vein of Wonder Woman, and to show what can be achieved when DC hires a famous horror director to make a kid's film—something that's currently baked into their business plan, possibly because of how well their relationship with Wan has gone. So, for anyone who's eager to see a brighter, decidedly greener version of Mera in action, there's not too long to wait. Even if the character isn't a big deal in Justice League, we'll definitely be getting more of her soon.

Justice League hits US theaters on November 17th, 2017.
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