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WB Considered Amber Heard Recast For Aquaman 2: DC Head Confirms

Walter Hamada, the head of Warner Bros. Studios DC Films, has acknowledged that the studio contemplated recasting Amber Heard in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Following Depp's libel lawsuit against the parent company of British tabloid The Sun in 2018 (which he lost) and his removal from the Harry Potter spin-off film series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, fans demanded that Heard be removed from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom as well, with millions signing a petition. The Depp v. Heard trial has exposed not just intimate information about the actors' relationship, but also how their ordeal has impacted their professional job. Heard claims that her position as Mera was severely reduced as a result of her personal feud with Depp, and that Warner Bros. wanted her removed from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom completely.

While virtually testifying during the Depp v. Heard trial, Hamada stated (via The Wrap) that the studio explored recasting Heard for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. However, Hamada claimed that any casting changes were made due to a perceived lack of chemistry between Heard and Momoa in the previous film, not because of Heard's personal troubles. Read on to find out what Hamada had to say.

"It was the concerns that were brought up at the wrap of the first movie, which was the issue of chemistry, did the two have the chemistry? I think editorially they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie, but there was a concern that it took a lot of effort to get there and would we be better off recasting, finding someone who has better, more natural chemistry with Jason Momoa and move forward that way?"

Hamada said that WB did cut Heard's involvement as Mera in the sequel, but he refuted the actor's assertions that it was due to public outrage over her divorce from her ex-husband. Instead, due to insufficient cinematic chemistry between Heard and Momoa, the character's role was reduced. Contrary to Heard's claims that she had to fight to stay in the film due to repercussions from her personal life, Hamada maintained that all actions taken by Warner Bros. in regards to Mera were purely editorial decisions to improve their upcoming Aquaman sequel in order to make the best film possible.

Despite Hamada's claims, Heard has been freed from her contract with Warner Bros., casting doubt on her future in the Aquaman series and the DCEU. Mera's importance to Aquaman's character in the first film, both as a mentor and a love interest, suggests that WB expected Mera to have a somewhat big role in the franchise's sequels. According to Hamada, those plans were altered owing to Heard and Momoa's on-screen chemistry, but the full depth of the adjustments will be revealed when Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom hits cinemas on March 17, 2023.

Source: The Wrap

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