DC Head Confirms WB Considered Amber Heard Recast For Aquaman 2

Warner Bros. Pictures executive Walter Hamada, who serves as President of the company’s DC film and television division, confirms that the studio considered recasting Amber Heard in
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The actor initially made her DCEU debut in 2017’s
Justice League as Mera, the princess of the underwater kingdom of Xebel. She later reprised her role in Jason Momoa’s solo outing,
Aquaman. The actor is expected to return to the part in
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom; however, the recent defamation trial brought against Heard by her former husband Johnny Depp over allegations of abuse has put her franchise future in question.,Following a libel lawsuit filed by Depp against the parent company of British tabloid
The Sun in 2018 (which Depp lost) and his removal from the
Harry Potter spin-off film series
Fantastic Beasts, fans were calling for Heard to be removed from
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom as well, with millions signing a petition. The 
Depp v. Heard trial has revealed salacious details about the actors’ relationship but also about how their ordeal has affected their professional work. Heard has claimed that as a result of her personal dispute with Depp, her role as Mera was significantly cut down from its initial size and that Warner Bros. wanted her removed from
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom entirely.,Related: Amber Heard Cut From Aquaman 2? All Updates & Contract Explained,While testifying virtually during the
Depp v. Heard trial, Hamada (via
The Wrap) has confirmed that the studio considered recasting Heard for
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. However, Hamada explained, the reason for any casting changes was not because of Heard’s personal affairs but because of a perceived lack of chemistry between her and Momoa in the previous film. Read what Hamada said below.,Hamada confirmed that WB did reduce Heard’s role as Mera in the sequel, but he rebuked the actor’s claims that it was due to public backlash stemming from her battle with her ex-husband. Instead, the character’s part was pared back as a result of ineffective cinematic chemistry between Heard and Momoa. Contradicting Heard’s claims that she had to fight to stay in the film due to repercussions from her personal life, Hamada stayed firm that all actions taken by Warner Bros. in regard to Mera were purely editorial decisions to enhance their upcoming
Aquaman sequel in an effort to make the best film possible.,Despite Hamada’s assertions, Heard has been released from her contract with Warner Bros., leaving her future within the
Aquaman franchise and the DCEU in question. Based on Mera’s important relationship to
Aquaman‘s character in the first film, both as a mentor and love interest, it’s likely that WB intended Mera to have a relatively large part to play in the franchise’s sequels. Hamada claims those plans were changed due to Heard and Momoa’s on-screen chemistry, but the full extent of the changes will only be clear when
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom hits theaters on March 17, 2023.,Next: Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Trial: All Updates And Key Reveal,Source: The Wrap