The ongoing defamation trial of Johnny Depp with his ex-wife Amber Heard is still gathering attention as the decision is about to come in a few days. Within the trial, DC Extended Universe is also taking a keen interest as Amber Heard is a part of the franchise as Mera from Aquaman.
Through Amber Heard, Aquaman has been highlighted as the actress has always spoken about the current situation that has affected her career as a whole and her status within the DCEU. From claiming that Warner Bros. has diminished her role to discussions about her potentially being replaced as Mera in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Heard never really held herself back.
As the trial continues, Johnny Depp claims that he has played an important part in landing Heard for her Aquaman role.
Johnny Depp Connected Amber Heard to Warner Bros.
The 58-year-old actor returned to the stand and got the chance to respond to some matters brought up during Heard’s defence, including her claim that he did not get her blockbuster Aquaman role for her.
Depp recalled a time when Heard asked him if he could talk to Warner Bros. Depp agreed due to their long-standing relationship and made phone calls to the higher-ups of the company. Though he couldn’t confirm that this helped her to get her role as Mera, he felt he “curbed their worries” about Heard being in Australia for production:
Johnny Depp spoke about how he helped Heard in securing her role as Mera in the DCEU. In his testimony, Depp said that after Amber Heard gave auditions for the comic-book film, “She asked me if I’d speak to [Warner Bros.]”
“She asked me if I would speak to them. I made a phone call and I spoke to… the three upper echelon… Warner executives, Kevin Sujihara, Sue Kroll, and Greg [Silverman].” He continued before an objection was sustained, “I can only say that ultimately she did get the job in the film, so hopefully I supposeI had curbed their worries to some degree.
Is Heard Not in Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom?
After the box office hit with Aquaman, Heard had testified that she “fought hard” for her comeback in the sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which has already been filmed and set to hit theatres in March 2023.
Heard claimed that this happened because of the controversy with Depp though DC Films President Walter Hamada later testified that her role in the sequel was never planned to be significant as the movie will focus on Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson as “buddy-comedy.”