Following her protracted legal battle with Johnny Depp, over two million people have signed a petition to have Amber Heard removed from Aquaman 2 and recast.
The petition, which was begun in 2019, requests for Amber Heard to be fully removed from the Aquaman 2 production. Heard portrays Thomas Curry’s opposite co-star Jason Momoa in the original film. She’ll be reprising her role in Aquaman 2, which is expected to hit theaters in 2023.
Source: Warner Bros
However, since the trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp began a few weeks ago, the petition to remove her has gathered a lot of traction. The following is the description:
“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.”Men are victims of domestic abuse, just like women. This must be recognized, and action must be taken to prevent a known abuser from being celebrated within the entertainment industry.
“Do the right thing. Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2. “
After Johnny Depp’s domestic abuse prosecution, several film production companies have distanced themselves from him. His Fantastic Beasts persona was recast as Mads Mikkelsen by Warner Bros. Disney has also distanced itself from Depp, who has stated that no matter what the offer is: He will never return to Pirates of the Caribbean.
It’s unclear whether Warner Bros. will distance itself from both Amber Heard and Johnny Depp.
Fans will surely see the petition as retaliation for Disney’s decision to withdraw Depp from the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film after Heard accused him of sexual misconduct. A former Depp agent testified on Wednesday that the mental stress of Heard’s abuse allegations cost him the movie franchise.
Meanwhile, Heard dismissed the petition as a paper tiger at first.
“Paid rumors and paid campaigns on social media don’t dictate [casting decisions] because they have no basis in reality,” the thespian scoffed in a statement. “Only the fans actually made ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Aquaman 2’ happen. I’m excited to get started next year.”
Heard is still expected to feature in the DC film, which will be released in March 2023. She and Depp, who were married from 2015 to 2017, are locked in a legal battle over whether Depp was defamed by Heard’s 2018 Washington Post essay accusing him of abuse.
Despite adamantly denying the charges, Depp is demanding at least $50 million in damages. In addition, he is seeking $350,000 in punitive damages and attorneys’ fees, and court costs.
Meanwhile, Heard’s lawyers sued Depp for $100 million in alleged abuse and other damages. They allege that Depp assaulted Heard physically and sexually while abusing drugs and alcohol and that his legal team unjustly accused her of fabricating the allegations of abuse.