As part of her defamation trial against Johnny Depp, Amber Heard recounted her experience during the production of “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.” In her testimony, the actress claimed that bad press led to the higher-ups at Warner Bros. wanting her gone, and she had to fight to maintain any sense of presence in the sequel.
“I was given a script and then given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in it, that depicted my character and another character, without giving any spoilers away, two characters fighting with one another, and they basically took a bunch out of my role,” Heard testified, as published by Entertainment Weekly. Although she wanted to continue Mera’s story, the actress said that communication between her and the studio effectively ended when Depp publicly accused her of assaulting him.
However, if you ask Wan, it was an entirely different situation behind the scenes of “Aquaman 2.” Instead of continuing the relationship fans saw in the first film, the director never planned for Mera to play a significant role in the sequel. In the Empire interview and many others, the director claims to have always wanted more of a brotherly focus, with movies like “Tango & Cash” and “Men In Black” in mind.
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