Amber Heard will be returning for Aquaman 2, thanking fans for the support after Johnny Depp loses the libel suit. (Photo: Reuters)
Amber Heard is not leaving the DC Comics universe. The actress confirmed that she will be returning for Aquaman 2, despite social media campaigns calling for her removal. Heard plays the warrior Mera in the Warner Bros. film alongside Jason Momoa. The news follows the studio’s decision to ask Johnny Depp to resign from the Fantastic Beasts franchise after a judge ruled that it is “essentially true” that he molested Heard.
“I’m very excited about the amount of fan love and appreciation that Aquaman has achieved that has won Aquaman and Mera so much that we will be back,” Heard told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m so excited to be filming this.”
Heard and Depp split in 2016, with each star accusing the other of domestic violence. After their messy divorce, a petition was launched calling for Heard to be removed from the sequel to Aquaman. “She has systematically embarked on crusades to ruin Depp in Hollywood and repeated multiple reports of fake incidents where she actually abused Johnny Depp but lied and made false reports that he was the abuser,” the newspaper reads Change.org petition. It has over 1.2 million signatures.
Heard dismissed such campaigns as propaganda.
“Paid rumors and paid social media campaigns don’t dictate [casting decisions] because in reality they have no basis, ”added Heard EW. “Only the fans have actually made Aquaman and Aquaman 2 possible. I look forward to getting started next year. “
In a 2018 report published for the Washington Post, Heard wrote about being an abuse survivor – though she never named Depp – and what it cost her to get in touch.
“Friends and consultants told me I would never work as an actress again – I would be blacklisted. A film that I was attached to to recast my role. I had just shot a two year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand and the company dropped me. The question arose whether I could keep my role as Mera in Justice League and Aquaman, ”she wrote. “I’ve had the rare point of view of seeing in real time how institutions protect men who are accused of abuse.”
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Depp has vehemently denied Heard’s claims and is suing them for $ 50 million in defamation over this lawsuit. In another case, however, he was dealt a severe legal blow.
The star of the Pirates of the Caribbean sued News Group Newspapers (NGN), the owner of The Sun, over a 2018 article calling him a “brawler”. Heard testified about 14 alleged abuse cases on the defense, and Depp eventually lost. The actor wants to appeal.
Depp addressed the “surreal judgment” in his announcement that he will no longer be part of Fantastic Beasts’ third film. “My determination remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false,” he wrote. “My life and my career will not be determined at this point.”
Regarding Aquaman 2, EW noted that Warner Bros. has not officially lit the sequel in green, the cast has not been confirmed, and has no announced launch date. Heard said she believed production would begin in 2021.
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