Mera’s voice and accent are completely different in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which also slightly changes her personality.
WARNING: The following contains minor spoilers for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is now airing on HBO Max.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League It has finally had its release heavily embattled, and it makes many notable changes to the theatrical version. The characters, scenes, and lines are dramatically different, with several new characters and scenes being added to create a movie roughly twice as long as the original. However, one of the film’s changes to an Atlantean heroine is completely unexpected.
Mera, as in the theatrical version and in 2018’s Aquaman, is portrayed by Amber Heard. Despite this, Mera’s voice and accent are completely different in this version of the movie, which also changes her personality a bit. This is how the movie makes the future queen of Atlantis sound like a typical fantasy character.
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As mentioned, American actress Amber Heard used her normal sounding accent to express the character in League of Justicethe theatrical release and the DC Extended Universe movie that follows, Aquaman. In Zack Snyder’s Justice LeagueHowever, Heard voices the heroine with a decidedly British accent. This has the effect of making her seem a bit more fussy in her attitude, especially towards those she doesn’t like. Given the tremendous unforeseen success of this latest film, it’s surprising that Snyder added something so blatantly contradictory.
It is likely that the original scenes with Mera for this film were already completely finished and were simply part of the sacrifice for the theatrical version. That would mean Mera’s scenes in 2017 League of Justice they were new takes that went in a different direction for Heard’s performance. So, to preserve his original vision for the film and not have to bring Heard in to re-film the original versions of the scenes, Snyder simply used what he had. This is also why Heard uses the accent for the new footage from the Knightmare sequence shown at the climax of the film.
This aristocratic, almost pompous accent certainly fits the Atlanteans, especially in the DCEU. They are portrayed as an ancient superstitious fantasy race like the Amazons, and the latter all have non-American accents. This makes them distinctly different from Aquaman and his American accent, as the hero must feel like an outcast among his own people. This also fits in with their fantastic nature in the sense that British-style accents are kind of the norm in those settings, especially in relation to mythological characters.
One of the Atlanteans that Steppenwolf attacks when he’s looking for the Mother Box also has a strong British accent, so the decision to give Mera one makes even more sense. Unfortunately, this trend is broken by the presence of Willem Dafoe’s Vulko, who, as in the Aquaman movie, has Dafoe’s normal American accent. Of course, Zack Snyder’s Justice League it’s not canon for the DCEU in its current state, though that might depend on how the movie performs on HBO Max. It is already considered far superior to the theatrical version of the film and is the result of immense demand from fans for Snyder’s original vision to be respected. So it’s a possibility that Mera may at least reference having a more regal-sounding accent in future DCEU entries. Otherwise, it will likely be one of several elements from the actual version of the film that will become mere cinematic apocrypha.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons. like Alfred Pennyworth, Diane. Lane as Martha Kent, Ray Porter as Darkseid, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The movie is currently available on HBO Max.
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