DC Films Chief Denies Amber Heard’s ‘Aquaman 2’ Claims

The Aquaman sequel nearly lost Amber Heard. However, according to DC Films CEO Walter Hamada, the actress’s job was not in jeopardy and the studio did not reduce her role due to her claims.

On Tuesday, Hamada testified in Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit that the studio considered recasting Heard as Mera in the upcoming film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom for several weeks. Hamada stated that the studio was concerned about the lack of chemistry between Heard and Jason Momoa, who portrays Aquaman in the film.

Hamada said, “They didn’t have a lot of chemistry together. When you watch the movie, they have a good rapport. Put another way, using the magic of a great score and the way the pieces are put together can fabricate that chemistry between two leads who don’t naturally have it.

But I know that it took a lot of effort to get there during postproduction. Sometimes, you have to throw a few characters on screen and see what happens. In a sense, it’s similar to the factors that contribute to the success of a movie star. When you see it, you know it. There was no chemistry between them. … Because of the lack of chemistry between the two, this one was more difficult.”

They claim that Depp’s abuse allegations against Heard played a role in her struggle to remain in the Warner Bros. sequel.

Heard testified on May 17 that he had to “fight hard” to keep his career. Having a restraining order put a damper on my career prospects.” I was fired from my job. When I was hired to shoot a campaign, I was let go without warning. Justice League with the option of Aquaman was my most enormous film opportunity to date, and I fought to keep my place in it.”

“They didn’t want to include me in the film,” she said, adding that she only shot a “very pared-down version” of her part because she “fought hard” to stay in the sequel.

His character and another character were fighting in the script, but those scenes were cut. “I was given a script, then given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in them,” Heard said. Because of this, “I lost half of my job… “They just took a lot out.”

According to Hamada’s testimony Tuesday, Aquaman 2 was never meant to be a romantic co-lead film like the first one.

Hamada stated unequivocally that Heard’s role was never “reduced.” “From the very early stages of development,” the sequel was envisioned as a “buddy comedy” between Aquaman and King Orm, his half-brother (Patrick Wilson).

Test audiences praised heard’s performance, and Hamada said the original Aquaman still worked. Filming with Heard again went smoothly, according to him. The release date for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is March 17, 2023.


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