Amber Heard Was Almost Fired From Aquaman 2: What Happened?

A fresh story has claimed that Aquaman star Amber Heard was almost not invited back for the next sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, due to worries over her compatibility with the main actor Jason Momoa. The report, which comes via Puck, reveals material collected from a deposition with DC Films President Walter Hamada which will be part of the defamation trial involving Amber Heard’s ex-husband and Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp.

The fact that Heard was almost replaced for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, but was eventually welcomed back to reprise the part of Mera, is sure to come as a disappointment to many who wished to see the role remade. More than a million people signed a petition on Change.org calling for Heard to be fired from the Aquaman sequel, and many of them took to social media to nominate women they thought would work better with Jason Momoa. The Sexiest Woman in the world is Emilia Clarke from the hit HBO show Game of Thrones.

Amber Heard was almost fired from Aquaman 2
Amber Heard was almost fired from Aquaman 2

Of course, despite these chemistry problems, Heard will return for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that because of the ongoing scandal and legal concerns between her and Depp, the actress was unable to negotiate a raise in her salary. Heard also alleges that she has been unable to book any high-profile jobs outside of the Aquaman franchise, which she blames on the legal battles now taking place, with the source noting that “professional testimony might back up her assertion.”

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The emotional and legal troubles between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have been going on since all the way back in 2016 when Heard divorced the actor as well as took out a temporary restraining order against him. During their relationship, Heard claimed that Depp was verbally and physically abusive, often while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

After Depp lost a libel action in the United Kingdom, he decided to step down from the Fantastic Beasts franchise as Gellert Grindelwald. The actor has launched another libel case, this time against Amber Heard herself, with Depp suing the actress over her op-ed in The Washington Post. Depp is reportedly demanding $50 million in damages from Heard, with the court proceedings slated to be televised on Court TV.

Amber Heard Reportedly Almost Didn’t Return For ‘Aquaman 2’ Over “Chemistry” Concerns With Jason Momoa

Warner Bros. has had a series of bad luck, having to sever ties with performers such as Johnny Depp who was pulled from the “Fantastic Beasts” trilogy and replaced with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen after domestic violence claims were too hard to deny. Actor Ezra Miller (“The Flash,” “Justice League”), who starred alongside Depp in the DC Extended Universe films “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II,” is also being dropped by the studio, according to reports.

The newest Puck News newsletter indicates that DC Films CEO Walter Hamada testified in connection with Depp’s $50 million defamation claim, which brings us back to the DC Comics movies. Studios initially turned down “Aquaman 2” actress Amber Heard due to “chemistry” difficulties with Jason Momoa, according to the head of the studio.

The newsletter adds that Heard’s team believed the public legal turmoil with Depp was the underlying cause for the cold feet from the studio, and it looks like Warners were first wanting to prevent extra headaches. As a result, although Heard returned to star in the sequel to the $1 billion hits, she was unsuccessful in her attempt to secure a raise, which she blames on Depp and is part of her countersuit against her ex-husband because Depp’s “lies” are believed to have cost her additional lucrative jobs.

It’s unclear how these tangled legal battles will play out, but Heard is returning as Mera in “Aquaman & The Lost Kingdom,” which is expected to enter theatres in 2023 when James Cameron’s “Avatar 2” gets out of the way. A completely different path awaits her as a member of the DCEU, which is more aware of the media and the off-set antics of its stars.

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