Aquaman 2: Amber Heard Finally Addresses Exit Rumors
In response to Johnny Depp’s controversial exit from Fantastic Beasts 3, many fans of the 57-year-old actor have rallied behind him to make a petition for the removal of Amber Heard from James Wan’s highly-anticipated Aquaman 2. Because of this, rumors have been circulating online about Heard’s potential departure from the DC sequel.
In a recent interview with EW, the 34-year-old actress has finally broken her silence about the speculations by immediately refuting the possibility of not returning as Mera in Aquaman 2. She doubles down on her return by also expressing her excitement to start filming the project next year.
“I’m super excited about the amount of fan love and the amount of fan appreciation that Aquaman has acquired and that it has garnered so much excitement for Aquaman and Mera that it means we’ll be coming back,” Heard said. “I’m so excited to film that.”
She added, “Paid rumors and paid campaigns on social media don’t dictate [casting decisions] because they have no basis in reality. Only the fans actually made Aquaman and Aquaman 2 happen. I’m excited to get started next year.”
The former couple have been in a legal battle since their divorce in 2016. Their complicated situation has been garnering media attention, especially after Depp recently lost his libel case against a major UK tabloid, who had previously published serious abuse allegations about his relationship with Heard.
Aquaman became the biggest success for the DC films, which have a history of faltering at the box office, with the exception of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. It grossed over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office earning its spot as the highest-grossing DC film of all-time for Warner Bros, and revealed the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry (Momoa) and took him on the journey of his lifetime — one that forced him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Aquaman also starred Amber Heard (Justice League, Magic Mike XXL) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man 2) as Vulko, counsel to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring films, Watchmen) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Baywatch, The Get Down) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Lion) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna. Also starring is Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando, and Temeura Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Green Lantern) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.
Aquaman 2 is still scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2022.