Amber Heard Causing More Reshoots For Aquaman 2?

According to a new report, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav doesn't think Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is ready to hit the big screen.

By Douglas Helm | Published

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Could Amber Heard and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman 2 be in for further delays? The movie has been pushed back time and time again and now Animated Times is reporting that Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav isn’t happy with the current state of the film. Zaslav has made sweeping changes since taking over the company, so fans should arguably count themselves lucky that Zaslav isn’t canceling the highly-anticipated project altogether.

In an alternate universe, we would have already seen this film since it was originally scheduled for a Christmas 2022 release. However, COVID and the highly publicized Amber Heard and Johnny Depp trial pushed the production schedule back, leading to the current December 20, 2023 release date for Aquaman 2. Based on these reports about Zaslav’s reactions to the film, we probably shouldn’t get too comfortable with that release date either.

At this point, we know very little about Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom other than the fact that Jason Momoa is reprising his role as the titular superhero. Other actors that will be reprising their roles are Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna. Aquaman 2 will also feature an appearance from Ben Affleck as Batman along with newcomers to the cast Randall Park, Vincent Regan, Jani Zhao, Indya Moore, and Pilou Asbaek.

Amber Heard’s future in Aquaman 2 was up in the air during her trial, with many rumors flying around that she had been fired due to the controversy of the trial. The rumors turned out to be false, and Heard will undoubtedly be reprising her role in the upcoming sequel. As for what the future holds under James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new DCU plans, that remains uncertain.

It’s possible that Amber Heard could be on the chopping block for the new DCU horizon, especially since there hasn’t even been confirmation that Jason Momoa would continue to reprise the role of Aquaman in the franchise’s future. Henry Cavill has already been axed from future plans, so it might be a while before we find out what Gunn has in store for Momoa and the rest of the Aquaman 2 cast. There are rumors that Momoa might take up the role of Lobo instead, which would bar him from playing Aquaman in any future projects since no one in the DCU will play multiple characters.

However, Jason Momoa and Amber Heard’s Aquaman 2 is apparently still an important project, as this film and the upcoming The Flash movie will both lead directly into Gunn and Safran’s first official DCU film Superman Legacy in 2025. While it’s unclear how these films will connect, it’s been rumored that The Flash will be doing a hard reset for the DC films thanks to time-traveling shenanigans. The Flash releases on June 16 this year, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will hopefully hold on to its December 20 release date, so we’ll just have to wait until then to find out.