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Is Emilia Clarke in Aquaman?

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In February 2023, fan anticipation surged over the possibility of Emilia Clarke appearing as Mera in the Aquaman franchise. This buzz stems from a captivating fan-made concept video rippled across social media platforms in 2023. This article will unravel the rumors behind Emilia Clarke’s casting in the popular DC franchise.

Quick answer: No, Emilia Clarke does not appear in Aquaman and The Last Kingdom. Actress Amber Heard reprises her role as Mera, the romantic interest of Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry.

Emilia Clarke deepfake shows her as Mera from Aquaman

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Emilia Clarke’s rise to stardom began with her iconic portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. She later played Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys, a part formerly played by another Game of Thrones alumni, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister). After this, Clarke entered the Marvel Cinematic Univers by portraying the Super Skrull G’iah in the Diseney+ series Secret Invasion.

In February 2023, speculations about Clarke’s potential involvement in the DC movie Aquaman 2: The Lost Kingdom emerged. This was fueled by a viral fan-made poster depicting her as Mera. This ignited a frenzy across the internet, with fans eagerly discussing the possibility of Clarke taking on the role.

Artist Diego Oliveira designed the poster.

This rumor was further inflamed by the controversy surrounding Amber Heard, who originally played Mera opposite Jason Momoa in the first Aquaman movie. Heard was also involved in a highly publicized divorce trial with Johnny Depp. This controversy sparked intense debates and raised questions about the Aquaman franchise’s future and potential casting choices.

Later, a DeepFake video also emerged, superimposing Clarke’s likeness onto Heard’s portrayal of Mera. This video further fueled speculation, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Clarke was once famous for playing the ‘Khaleesi’ or queen of Jason Momoa’s Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones. Fans now begin to visualize Clarke as Mera, opposite Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by stryder HD, who is a Video Editor/Producer and Deepfake/VFX Artist.

Emilia Clarke Replaces Amber Heard in Aquaman 2 and the Lost Kingdom

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Is Emilia Clarke in Aquaman and the Last Kingdom?

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The burning question that lingers in fans’ minds is whether Emilia Clarke will indeed portray Mera in the Aquaman sequel. The truth is that Warner Bros opted not to cast Clarke in this role, instead choosing Amber Heard to reprise her role.

Aquaman and The Last Kingdom hit theaters on December 25, 2023, effectively marking the culmination of the DCEU’s journey. The DCEU (DC Extended Universe) officially bids farewell, with Aquaman and The Last Kingdom serving as its swan song.

Despite the underwhelming performance, it managed to maintain a certain degree of appeal. Directed by James Wan, the Aquaman sequel received a barrage of negative reviews upon its release on December 22 in most regions.

The film struggled to garner favorable word-of-mouth. Many speculated its fate amidst a declining interest in superhero films. As the theatrical run of Aquaman 2 comes to an end, with its OTT debut on Max slated for February 27, its box office performance comes under scrutiny.

According to Box Office Mojo, the film grossed $123.79 million domestically and $309.90 million internationally, for a global box office collection of $433.69 million. Comparing Aquaman 2’s performance to its predecessor reveals a stark contrast.

While the first installment raked in an impressive $1.15 billion worldwide, the sequel earned significantly less. Amidst these developments, the DCEU embarks on a transformative journey under the guidance of James Gunn and Peter Safran.

Their mission to reshape the narrative while preserving essential elements of the previous universe sets the stage for a new era. Within this evolving landscape, the possibility of Emilia Clarke’s being Mera in the universe once again emerges.

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Ved Prabhudesai is an avid enthusiast of all things pop culture. He has a special interest in the field of animation and art, with a background in Fine Arts and Digital Media Arts. He has begun his first into the field of Entertainment Journalism with Wiki of Thrones, and has been writing for them since 2023. He also has experience working as a screenplay writer, animator and comic book artist. His hobbies include holding discussions and organising events focused around pop culture, dissecting the importance of media in today's world. He began reading A Song Of Ice And Fire shortly before Game of Thrones debuted on HBO. He has followed the series religiously and has spent hours reading Wikis learning about Targaryen history and possible plot points we will see in the Winds of Winter.

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