Johnny Depp recently lost a legal battle against a tabloid which called him a ‘wife-beater’. However, lots of people continue to believe that Depp was the victim and Heard was the abuser. The libel case took place against the Sun newspaper and executive editor Dan Wootton.
Johnny Depp was fired from Fantastic Beasts by Warner Bros. However, a petition calling for the company to remove Heard from Aquaman 2 is continuously growing. It has now surpassed 1.5 million signatures. Also, the goal for the number of signatures has been modified to 3 million.
Both Wizarding World and DC Extended Universe are owned by Warner Bros, therefore both projects are under the control of Warner Bros. This gives them the power to make the final decision regarding Amber Heard’s removal from Aquaman 2.
Fans Want Emilia Clarke To Play Heard’s Role
In the 2017 film ‘Justice League’, Heard appeared as Mera, the princess of Xebel. Soon after, Heard starred alongside Jason Momoa in 2018’s Aquaman. The Change.org petition demands Heard not to appear in the next sequel, which is set to be released in 2022.
Lots of fans expressed that they would love to see Emilia Clarke replace Amber Heard in Aquaman 2. Digital artist BossLogic shared how he would imagine Emilia Clarke on the big-screen, as Mera.
Finished a piece that a had a little time for today. Mera @emiliaclarke
Now back to seeing what GamePass has 😂 pic.twitter.com/aae8bFHbZp
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) November 11, 2020
The petition against the actress states: “As Amber Heard is a known and proven domestic abuser, Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment should and must remove Heard from their Aquaman 2 film project.” It states that the production should neither ignore the sufferings of Heard’s victims nor glamourize a domestic abuser.
The petition even explains that Heard’s claims of being physically abused by Depp were all ‘fabricated’, though the recent UK court ruling states otherwise. It urges those in power to recognize the depth of the issue and to take necessary action to prevent an abuser from being celebrated within the entertainment industry. However, Warner Bros is yet to comment on the petition.