Amber Heard is locked in a bitter feud with her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. First, they had a messy divorce, then Depp unsuccessfully sued a British newspaper for defamation, and finally, Depp sued Heard. As of the writing of this piece, the trial is ongoing. All this stems from allegations and counter-allegations of domestic abuse.
The result of all this unfortunate drama was Depp losing some iconic roles in movies. His career is in deep jeopardy. Meanwhile, Heard, who successfully starred in the first Aquaman movie, managed to save her role in the sequel, despite some pressures to get her removed. How did this happen? We take a look at this and more in this article. What do you think should have happened? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.
Amber Heard’s Role in Aquaman
Heard plays the role of Mera, the princess of Xebel and daughter of King Nereus. She appeared in the film Justice League and is set to appear again in the sequel to Aquaman, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Fan Pressure to have Amber Heard removed from Aquaman 2
Following the much-publicized legal battles between Heard and Jonny Depp, Depp lost his role in the Fantastic Beasts movie. Depp had made allegations of domestic abuse against Heard, too. This prompted fans to petition for the removal of Heard from Aquaman 2.
Why Aquaman 2 Went Ahead With Amber Heard
Nevertheless, despite fan petitions and pressure to have the actress removed from Aquaman 2, she was not. Why was this the case? Well, the words of one of the producers, Peter Safran, might offer some clues.
While, speaking in the Hero Nation podcast for Deadline he said, “I don’t think that we’re ever going to react to, honestly, to just pure fan pressure… Because, you know, you’ve gotta do what you feel is best for the movie. We felt that if it’s James Wan and Jason Momoa, it should be Amber Heard. And that’s really what it was.”
It seems that the producers and filmmakers were reluctant to bulge to fan pressure in this case. Further, in their opinion, doing what they did, was what they felt, was the best for the movie, as is evident from this quote.
When is Aquaman 2 Releasing?
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is expected to arrive in theaters on March 17th, 2023.