The campaign to remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2 is still going strong, hitting a big milestone, as it just went over 1.8 million signatures on its way to the stated goal of 3 million.
The petition on Change.org was started in the immediate aftermath of Johnny Depp’s firing from the Fantastic Beasts franchise and gained immediate traction from Depp fans and others who believe his side of the story. The petition, which begins with “Amber Heard has been exposed as a domestic abuser by Johnny Depp,” details the many incidents of Heard allegedly abusing Depp, as well as speaking of her 2009 arrest for abusing her domestic partner, painter and photographer Tasya Van Ree.
The incident, which Van Ree has since claimed was “misinterpreted and over-sensationalized”, happened at the Seattle-Tacoma international airport and stated that Amber Heard hit Van Ree during a dispute the two were having. According to Van Ree, “In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused for an incident that was misinterpreted and over-sensationalized by two individuals in a powerful position,” she said in a statement via E Online. “I recount hints of misogynistic attitudes toward us which alter appeared to be homophobic when they found out we were domestic partners and not just ‘friends.’ Charges were quickly dropped and she was released moments later.” Van Ree concluded, “It’s disheartening that Amber’s integrity and story are being questioned yet again. Amber is a brilliant, honest and beautiful woman and I have the utmost respect for her. We shared 5 wonderful years together and remain close to this day.”
While the petition spoke briefly about Amber Heard’s incident with Van Ree, it goes into much more detail with Heard’s alleged abuse toward Depp as well as her ability to fabricate stories concerning their relationship. “Since Heard’s divorce from Johnny Depp, she has systematically crusaded to ruin Depp in Hollywood, repeating multiple accounts of fake incidents in which she had actually abused Johnny Depp, but lied and created false accounts of him being the abuser. About the incident during which she shattered the bones in Johnny Depp’s finger and nearly severed it, causing Depp to require surgery to reattach and repair it, Heard presented a false story claiming that he cut off his finger himself, dipped it in paint and scrawled obscenities all over the walls,” part of the petition reads.
The “call to action”, per the petition, says “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. They must not ignore the suffering of Heard’s victims and must not glamorize a domestic abuser.”
Apparently, though, the petition and its nearly 2 million signatures are falling on deaf ears. Warner Bros. is having none of it, in fact, there are reports that not only is Amber Heard staying on a Mera in the new Aquaman 2 movie, but she is also receiving a hefty pay raise. Heard herself has recently suggested that the petition and bad press against her has been bought and paid for. “Paid rumors and paid campaigns on social media don’t dictate [casting decisions] because they have no basis in reality,” Heard said via Entertainment Weekly. “Only the fans actually made Aquaman and Aquaman 2 happen. I’m excited to get started next year.”
Where the petition takes Amber Heard and her involvement with Aquaman 2 is still anyone’s guess but if the rumor is to be believed, she is either completely in it or her part was written in a way that she could be reduced in the movie. It’s also been said that a new female lead will be introduced on the chance that Heard and Depp’s legal battles get worse if that is even possible.
Depp recently lost his libel case versus The Sun newspaper in which the actor was suing for $50 million for calling him a “wife-beater.” The next couple of months will possibly go a long way in determining Heard’s true fate as the alleged abuse cases will be heard in court. As of now, Amber Heard can be seen in the CBS All-Access series Stephen King’s The Stand and also the upcoming HBO Max release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.