As Amber Heard Arms Up for Second Johnny Depp Trial, Petition to Remove Her From Aquaman 2 Reaches 4.6M, Recast Mera as Emilia Clarke Petition Blazes to All Time High

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The aftermath of the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation trial saw several intriguing revelations. However, one element that remained the same even amid the legal battle and afterward is the strong voices of fans and the general audience alike uniting to protest the inclusion of Heard in the James Wan-directed Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. When it comes to the inception of the petition “Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2”, it predates the 2022 trial itself.

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With each passing day, the petition increases in popularity, surfacing across all the niche corners of the Internet, and now, it has reached a new milestone altogether. On the other hand, the fans of Emilia Clarke and folks who wish to see Heard replaced in her DCEU endeavor have set ablaze another specific petition, namely, “Emilia Clarke to replace Amber Heard as Mera on Aquaman 2.”


Petition Signatures Skyrocket Amidst Trial Verdict Appeal

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Petition signatures have reached a new high

It seems like the world has yet to see a stop to the never-ending developments that follow the infamous legal catastrophe. With Amber Heard reportedly having changed her legal counsel and moving forward with an appeal of the much-discussed defamation trial verdict, the people who are advocating against the actress’ inclusion in the upcoming DCEU project, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom have aided an astounding number of signatures to a petition for the cause.

With over 4.6 Million signatures received, this specific one is perhaps one of the biggest media and entertainment industry petitions to ever exist.

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Amber Heard

The petition description details the following:


“As Amber Heard is a known and proven domestic abuser, Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment should and must remove Heard from their Aquaman 2 film project. They must not ignore the suffering of Heard’s victims, and must not glamorize a domestic abuser.”

The stupendous reception to the petition is beyond belief. Previously, there were reports and rumors which pointed out that most of the scenes of the actress in the film would be edited out or cut. While no official statements have been issued over a likely recasting scenario, many believe that Game of Thrones alum Emilia Clarke is a perfect match for the role. With this in mind, a relatively fresh petition has also gained considerable traction on the web.

Related: ‘Remove Amber Heard, Replace The Stench’: After Aquaman 2 Gets Delayed By 9 Months, DC Fans Ask WB Studios to Use This Time Wisely and Edit Mera Out of the Film

People Want Amber Heard To Be Replaced With Emilia Clarke

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When it comes to the recasting situation for DCEU’s Mera, which is seen as the most ideal outcome and favored by many, fans have expressed their enthusiasm and appreciation for Clarke, who has shared the screen with Aquaman lead Jason Momoa before. Previously, Walter Hamada had commented on how Heard and Momoa suffered from a lack of chemistry. Many believe casting Emilia Clarke as Mera would be an easy fix-it. In regards to this, the petition dedicated to the cause has been gaining quite a lot of attention amongst fans.

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Fans want Emilia Clarke to replace Amber Heard

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For the time being, there have been no official statements by WB Studios that detail a potential change in the casting. Besides, what the studio may have resorted to is most likely a reduction in Heard’s screen-time as Mera, as per reports and speculations. What can be ascertained is that most fans are quite against the concept of wanting the actress to be associated with the film and the endeavor altogether. In fact, they’d much rather DC utilize the 9-month-delay period to completely edit Mera out from the movie.

The audience has yet to see the finished result and what role Heard as Mera will have left to play in the Jason Momoa-led film, following the ever-growing and never ceasing criticisms.


Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is slated for a December 25th, 2023 release.



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