Amber Heard claims Warner Bros. wanted to cut her role in Aquaman 2 from the film. Entirely
Amber Heard testified that she had to “fight really hard” to stay in Hollywood after her nasty divorce from Johnny Depp.
Heard Returned To The Defamation Trial Against Depp On Monday
Heard returned to the defamation trial against Depp on Monday for the third day of testimony, accusing him of orchestrating a “smear campaign” to ruin her business and image after she received a domestic violence restraining order against him in 2016. Depp’s “sophisticated PR machine,” according to Heard, planned to declare her a liar in the press, forcing her to lose acting contracts and beauty sponsorships.
While Heard did eventually appear in Justice League in 2017, which she described as the “biggest cinematic chance” of her career at the time, she stated she had to fight for the role.
I’ve been let go from positions and campaigns. I was struggling to keep my job and the best cinematic opportunity I’d ever had in Justice League, which contained Aquaman’s potential.
I had to put in a lot of effort to stay in the Justice League after my divorce.”
Heard described her contract to appear in the superhero franchise as “organized like a three-picture option.” I agreed to do Justice League because it was my character’s first appearance.
The fee is insignificant in relation to what it will become once the other options or films under that umbrella are finished. That was the arrangement for Justice League, which might potentially be followed by Justice League 2, Aquaman, or any other DC film. The second film was Aquaman, and the third was Aquaman 2.
The charge continues to rise.” Heard said that she was paid $1 million for Aquaman and was paid twice as much for the sequel, in which she reportedly only appears for 10 minutes.
Heard testified that she fought hard to be a part of Aquaman 2, stating that the film’s studio, Warner Bros., “didn’t want to include me.” Before Depp’s alleged smear campaign, Heard claimed that she was “actively scheduling dates for filming” for Aquaman 2.
“Of sure,” she said when asked if she was actively involved after Depp’s team called her a liar in the press. “No way. Contact was broken at that point.”
Heard explained that her character Mera ended up in a “very pared-down version” of the original Aquaman 2 scenario.
“I was given a screenplay, and then I was given amended versions of the script, and they effectively ripped a piece out of my part,” Heard stated. “They just took out a bunch of people.”
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for an op-ed she wrote on her experiences as a domestic abuse survivor in the Washington Post in 2018. Though Heard never mentions Depp by name, his lawyers argue that allusions to Depp (and Heard’s previous abuse allegations prior to their 2017 divorce) are clear and have affected Depp’s career and image. Heard launched a $100 million countersuit, alleging that Depp and his legal team defamed her by declaring her claims to be false.