Jason Momoa just dropped a major update on Aquaman 2 over the weekend by revealing an all new costume for the underwater superhero, but most of social media’s attention related to the movie was merely reignited fan backlash against Warner Bros. for not firing Amber Heard. Many fans don’t want Heard to be a part of the underwater superhero movie sequel, now called Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Nearly two million people have even signed an online petition for the studio to kick her off the project, but Warner Bros. has been seemingly unmoved to change Heard’s involvement in the DCEU film.
The directors really think everyone’s hyped for Aquaman 2 when Amber Heard is still in it pic.twitter.com/m1JZzl5ydi
— Croki 🐊 (@LokisHairFlip) September 5, 2021
Imagine how much I would care if they’d just fire Amber Heard. https://t.co/pV4m3jesAf
— JeffMovieMan GET VACCINATED!!!! #SaveNimona (@JeffMovieMan) September 5, 2021
All I have to say about #Aquaman is that, no matter how good looking Jason looks, I will never touch a movie with Amber Heard in it.
She’s gotten away with FAR too much.
— Dr. Critic Man (@DoctorCriticMan) September 5, 2021
I’m with you… can’t believe they didn’t recast her role… it’s not exactly as if she was the indispensable… or that she was any good in the first film!
— Sarinha Mac (@sarinhamac) September 5, 2021
Amber Heard is trending because people want her removed from Aquatrash 2
As she should be #JusticeForJohnnyDepp
— Kaylee Manning (@kayleermanning) September 5, 2021
— Stinna (@down2earthchica) September 5, 2021
Warner Bros. appears to be looking the other way when it comes to the Heard controversy. However, the fans who’ve been consistently calling for “Justice for Johnny Depp” aren’t willing to let this go quite so easily. After the new title of Aquaman 2 was revealed, Heard’s name quickly began trending on Twitter, but not for the reasons the brass at Warner Bros. were hoping for. In fact, tens of thousands of fans have renewed their call to boycott the movie until the role of Mera is recast with someone else.
In lesser discussed news for the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the King of Atlantis is going to get some new duds and star Jason Momoa posted images of the costumes on Instagram this weekend. The first image is basically the costume he got at the end of the first film while the second one is a much darker, almost stealth version. With the images Momoa said: “Second round. New Suit. More Action.”
In spite of people’s adoration of Momoa, the backlash against Heard stems from what thousands of people say has been unfair treatment of Johnny Depp. Due to Heard’s claims that Depp had been physically abusive during their marriage, the latter says he lost his major roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts franchises. The actor’s lawyers have since released evidence in support of Depp’s claim that he is innocent, such as audio tapes of Heard allegedly admitting to being violent toward him. This has swayed public opinion largely in Depp’s favor and spawned the #JusticeForJohnnyDepp movement.
You’re move, Warner Bros. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is still scheduled to be released on Dec. 16, 2022.