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James Wan Confronts ‘Aquaman 2’ Reshoot Rumors and Amber Heard Claiming Her Role Was ‘Pared Down’: The Sequel Never Prioritized Mera

James Wan on 'Aquaman 2' Reshoots, Amber Heard's Role

In a fresh chat with Entertainment Weekly, director James Wan dispelled a range of swirling rumours about the much-awaited sequel, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.” Addressing talk of problematic post-production and several reshoots, Wan argued that such hurdles are standard fare in the making of high-profile Hollywood films. He pointed out that the movie’s development coincided with a period of leadership transition at DC Studios, which has since come under the helm of James Gunn and Peter Safran.

Wan also commented on the complex release timeline in relation to other DC films, specifically “The Flash.” He emphasized that “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” exists independently of the broader DC Universe and made no comment when asked about the rumoured involvement of Batman actors like Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton, who are also part of “The Flash.”

Additionally, James Gunn, who now oversees DC Studios, reportedly had some input into the sequel, a point that Wan didn’t deny. However, he maintained that the film is ultimately his vision.

As for Amber Heard, who reprises her role as Mera, Wan addressed her reduced action scenes in the movie. He clarified that the sequel was never intended to focus on Mera and Aquaman as the first film did, but rather centres on Aquaman’s relationship with his brother Orm.

Regarding the possibility of a third instalment in the franchise, Wan admitted that although the sequel sets up elements that could be explored in a future film, he currently has no concrete plans for “Aquaman 3” and is unsure if he would return to direct it.

“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is slated for a Dec. 20 release by Warner Bros.

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