A petition to completely remove Amber Heard from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom It officially reached its goal of 4.5 million signatures this week.
Two days after a jury found in favor of Johnny Depp in the ex-partner’s highly publicized defamation trial, the petition’s goal was raised to 6 million signatures.
The fluctuations in the size of Heard’s role in DC’s upcoming sequel have been the subject of persistent rumours, but also became a subject of contested testimony in the Depp-Heard trial, which concluded on June 2.
Heard said on the stand that her role in Aquaman 2 dropped significantly after her ex-husband’s team called her abuse claims a “hoax.”
“I fought very hard to stay in the movie. They didn’t want to include me in the movie,” she testified. According to an unconfirmed Hollywood report, Heard appears for less than 10 minutes in the final cut of the film.
DC film director Walter Hamada was also called to testify in court about Heard’s decreased screen time. He contradicted his legal team’s claim that the role was changed as a result of the allegations against Depp.
“The size of the role she has in the film was determined in the initial development of the script,” Hamada said at the trial, arguing the lack of chemistry between Heard and the film’s lead, Jason Momoa, as the reason behind her downsizing. of screen time.
Even though the online petition met its previous goal of 4.5 million signatures, no one associated with the movie or DC has made any public statements about the possibility of Heard being replaced or removed from the show. Aquaman 2.
The film is now due to hit theaters in 2023 after an unspecified delay.
James Wan, the film’s director, has alluded to the fact that the extra time is used to complete special effects work. Other DC titles, such as Black Adam Y DC League of Super-Pets have experienced similar delays.
Only one of Heard’s co-stars from the franchise Aquaman he has spoken publicly and substantially about working with her on the films. Dolph Lundgren said: “She was great. I worked with her on the first of Aquaman, now in the second. We shot last fall in London. She is wonderful, I had a great experience with her.”
“He is very kind, attentive to the team, attentive to everyone, very humble. She had her newborn baby with her on set along with her babysitter, which was pretty cute.”
The online petition for Heard’s removal from the film first gained traction in November 2020, when it reached 1.5 million signatures following Depp’s departure from the franchise. Fantastic Beasts.
In July 2021, the producer of Aquaman 2, Peter Safran, commented on the growing requests to remove Heard from the film. “I don’t think we’re going to react to what is honestly pure fan pressure.” said Safran to dead line on the decision to retain Heard for the sequel.
He continued, “We feel like if James Wan and Jason Momoa follow, Amber Heard should follow as well. That’s really what it was.”
Representatives for DC Films did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Independent.