Warner Bros. has yet to officially announce that Amber Heard will return as Mera in Aquaman 2, but it seems as though fans are doing everything they can to make sure that doesn’t happen. The 30-year-old actress, who played Mera in 2017’s Aquaman, was set to return for the follow-up movie. But according to Deadline, she has been dropped from her role due to her alleged erratic behaviour on set and a series of legal issues that have plagued her career since she began dating Johnny Depp.
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The report reads: “Warner Bros has parted ways with Amber Heard after its Aquaman 2 shoot was completed; Heard will not appear in any further DC films.”
Heard has been embroiled in various legal disputes since her divorce from Johnny Depp in 2016. The actress filed a restraining order against him following claims he had physically and verbally abused her during their marriage – an allegation he denied.
A petition to get the actress dropped from the role of Mera has hit 4.4 million signatures, just a few days after reaching 3.5 million. The petition was created on Change.org by a user named Matt Zarley, who explained his reasoning in an accompanying post:
“The fact that she is being considered for a role in the Aquaman sequel is an insult to all victims of domestic violence.”
Zarley notes that Heard was accused of domestic violence against Johnny Depp last year and that she was found guilty of violating a restraining order against him earlier this year. He also points out that Heard’s ex-wife Tasya Van Ree accused her of having “violent tendencies” during their marriage and says he thinks it would be hypocritical for Warner Bros. to hire her for a major franchise when they’ve spent so much time trying to distance themselves from allegations against Depp (who played Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean). This isn’t the first time someone has tried to get Amber Heard dropped from an Aquaman project.
Amber Heard has been the target of a huge online petition to have her dropped from Aquaman 2. The petition, which was started by a fan named Michael J. Patterson, has received more than 4 million signatures.
The petition reads: “Amber Heard is an obnoxious man-hater that makes waves in the news for all the wrong reasons. She and her husband Johnny Depp have recently been fighting over their divorce settlement and she wants to get a piece of his money. Amber just won’t let go of what she doesn’t own yet and she continues to make false claims against Johnny Depp in order to get more money out of him.”
Heard was accused of domestic violence by Depp in 2016, but the charges were dismissed after she agreed not to file any further claims against him. The actress claimed that Depp’s mother had abused her verbally and physically during the marriage, while his lawyers said the accusations were false and defamatory.
Amber then filed a lawsuit against Johnny for $50 million in damages over his failure to pay spousal support payments and accused him of having an affair with their children’s nanny (who was also named a defendant). They settled their divorce case out of court last year, but it is still unclear whether or not Johnny paid up what he owed Amber.