The producers have finally spoken - announcing that they will not cut Amber Heard from Aquaman 2 despite the uproar caused by Heard and Depp's abusive breakup.
There were numerous calls to boycott the movie if Heard featured in the Aquaman sequel. The calls coming as a result of Heard's ongoing legal battle with her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
The couple finalized their divorce in 2017, but, in 2019, Depp claimed he was the victim of abuse at the hands of Heard, who denied the allegation.
Peter Safran says keeping Amber Heard in #Aquaman2 is 'right for the film'
“One is not unaware of what is going on in the Twitter-verse … that doesn't mean you have to react to it"
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— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) July 30, 2021
Depp also filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard after she alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse.
However it appears that Heard will almost certainly still appear in the movie, according to a recent interview.
Appearing on Deadline's Hero Nation podcast this week, Peter Safran, who's worked on many Warner Bros. movies, including superhero ones like The Suicide Squad and Shazam!, explained that the company will not react to peer pressure.
The world if Amber Heard doesn't star in Aquaman 2. pic.twitter.com/1loqbGWc8c
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) July 30, 2021
I don't think that we're ever going to react to, honestly, pure fan pressure. You gotta do what you feel is best for the movie. We felt that if it's James Wan and Jason Momoa, it should be Amber Heard. That's really what it was. Listen, one is not unaware of what is going on in the Twitter-verse, but that doesn't mean you have to react to it or take it as gospel or accede to their wishes. You have to do what you feel is right for the film, and that's really where we landed on it.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly last year, Heard said:
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. I'm so excited to film that.
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.
Heard has previously wrote that she has lost work due to speaking out against sexual violence.
Heard wrote in a 2018 0p-ed for the Washington Post:
Friends and advisers told me I would never again work as an actress — that I would be blacklisted. A movie I was attached to recast my role. I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me.
Retweet if you're not gonna see Aquaman 2 because Amber Heard is in it im trying to see something #JusticeForJohnnyDepp
— Izze 🦁🐻 (@Izze1122) July 30, 2021
Aquaman 2, which was confirmed just one month, follows on from the first film released back in 2018 however at the time of writing many plot details remain unknown.
Will you be boycotting the film?