Walter Hamada, the Head of Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC film and television division, reveals that Amber Heard’s role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was evaluated for recasting.
The Depp v. Heard case has exposed not just juicy information about the actors’ marriage, but also how their experience has impacted their professional lives. The recent libel trial initiated against Heard by her ex-husband Johnny Depp over abuse accusations has cast doubt on her film’s fate.
Heard claims that her position as Mera was drastically reduced as a result of her personal feud with Depp, and that Warner Bros. intended her totally eliminated from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Following Depp’s defamation action against The Sun’s parent company in 2018 and his expulsion from the Fantastic Beasts, fans demanded that Heard be dropped from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom as well, with many signing a petition.
Hamada stated that the company explored recasting Heard for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom when testifying online during the Depp v. Heard case. However, Hamada claimed that any casting modifications were needed due to a reported lack of connection between Heard and Momoa in the last film, not because of Heard’s private issues.
WB refuted the actor’s assertions that it was due to public outcry after her divorce from her ex-husband. Contrary to Heard’s assertions that she had to battle to stay in the picture owing to personal matters, Hamada maintained that all steps done by Warner Bros. in regards to Mera were simply an editorial policy to improve the forthcoming Aquaman sequel in an effective manner.
Notwithstanding Hamada’s claims, Heard has been removed from her Warner Bros. agreement, casting doubt on her future in the Aquaman series and the DCEU. Mera’s importance to Aquaman’s characterization in the first film suggests that WB expected Mera to play a significant role in the movie’s sequels. According to Hamada, those plans were altered as a result of Heard and Momoa’s on-screen connection, but the full scope of the adjustments will be revealed only when Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom hits theatres.