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The first 'Aquaman 2' trailer leaves us with more questions about Amber Heard's role than answers

Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry and Amber Heard as Mera in "Aquaman."
Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry and Amber Heard as Mera in "Aquaman."Warner Bros. Pictures
  • The first trailer for Jason Momoa's "Aquaman" sequel was released Thursday.

  • It barely contains Amber Heard, who plays Aquaman's love interest, Mera.

  • Heard previously said her sequel role was cut down. The trailer makes it seem like Mera may get killed.

The first trailer for Warner Bros.' "Aquaman" sequel is here and it barely contains Amber Heard.

Heard, who has played Jason Momoa's love interest, Mera, in the DC universe since 2017's "Justice League," appears once — possibly twice — in the trailer for "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom."

Amber Heard as Mera underwater trying to break out of something in "Aquaman 2."
Mera appears trapped underwater in "Aquaman 2."Warner Bros.

We can't say we're surprised.

In May 2022, Heard said during her defamation trial with her former husband, Johnny Depp, that she was given a "pared-down version" of her role in "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom."

"I fought really hard to stay in the movie — they didn't want to include me in the film," Heard said.

"I was given a script and then given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in it that depicted my character and another character — without giving any spoilers away — two characters fighting with one another," she added. "They basically took a bunch out of my role. They just removed a bunch out."

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, director James Wan said the movie was always going to focus on Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) and his strained relationship with his brother Orm (Patrick Wilson).

"The first was a romance action-adventure movie, the second one is a bromance action-adventure movie. We'll leave it at that," Wan said.

However, the trailer's opening seconds raise more questions about Heard's role in the upcoming sequel.

The trailer opens with Arthur informing us he's now married and has a son.

Aquaman holding his son in Aquaman 2 trailer
Aquaman appears to be raising his son mostly by himself in the sequel trailerWarner Bros.

If you've been following the "Aquaman" saga since he stepped onto the scene, fans will presume Mera's his wife and they're correct.

The film's official synopsis, sent to Insider on Thursday, confirms Mera is "Atlantis' Queen and mother of the heir to the throne. The trailer fails to make this abundantly clear.

Not shown directly on-screen with Arthur and their baby, the trailer makes it look like Aquaman's raising his son alone with his own father on land. There is a quick moment shown with a red-haired woman from afar who may be Mera, but it's unclear.

opening shot of Aquaman 2 trailer
Is that Mera?Warner Bros.

All of this has us wondering if "Aquaman 2" may kill off Mera in the sequel as they're being pursued by Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who the trailer tells us is attempting to murder Aquaman's family.

As seen above, Mera appears trapped underwater late in the trailer.

If not, maybe she's left on land to sit out the adventure in the sequel.

Entertainment journalists Grace Randolph and Umberto Gonzalez have reported that Heard's "Aquaman 2" screen time ranges from about 10 to 20 minutes.

"Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" is expected to hit theaters on December 20.

Read the original article on Insider