Thanks to her divorce from Johnny Depp and the he-said-she-said nature of their cases against each other, there are many that believe Amber Heard to be a real-life villain. For example, there’s a Change.org petition to get Amber Heard fired from Aquaman 2 with over 1.7 million signatures so far. In a recent interview with The Hindu, she seemed to poke fun at how people see her, saying she’s good at playing the villain.
Amber Heard was interviewed for The Stand, in which she plays the character of the seductive Nadine. In the interview, Heard mentions that she wanted to bring out the humanity in the character, and also show the nuanced layers of the characters. When discussing the differences between her Aquaman character and Nadine, Heard stated, “What I seem to be really good at is getting an audience to believe in the villainous woman character! (laughs).”
Amber Heard also talked about her preparation in playing Nadine, a character with a lot of emotional baggage. Heard said her intent was to understand people who had come out of cults and people who are groomed for a specific purpose. Heard stated she read biographies and interviews and talked to people who “had been either kidnapped, brainwashed or otherwise indoctrinated into a cult, and brought on to participate in crimes.”
While The Stand isn’t exactly getting great reviews, receiving a 56 on Metacritic so far, and a 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, the audience ratings are extremely negative, which look to be due to Amber Heard’s involvement with the show. On Metacritic, the series has a dire 1.1 rating, with several commenters expressly stating their dislike comes simply from the fact that Amber Heard is on the show. Rotten Tomatoes has a slightly better audience score, at a 21%, but it seems this is also largely the result of hate for Heard.
Yet even with all this review bombing seemingly based solely on Amber Heard’s involvement, the actress still has some major roles in the pipeline. Amber Heard will next be seen in this Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Director’s Cut, which will be released on HBO Max this year. Heard was involved in the reshoots that occurred last year, so it seems as though her part will be larger than in the previous version of Justice League. Heard is also reprising her role as Mera in the Aquaman sequel, scheduled for release on December 16, 2022.
There have also been many rumors recently about Amber Heard’s future involvement in the Aquaman series. Now that it seems DC is standing by the actress, there have been rumors that Mera could have a much larger part in the sequel, and with DC looking to spinoff many of their movies into HBO Max series, there have also been rumblings that Mera could even get her own TV series. As the DC Extended Universe expands far greater than it ever has before, it looks as though Amber Heard’s involvement is only going to grow in the future.
But with almost two million people calling for Amber Heard to get fired from Aquaman 2, at least Heard has a sense of humor when it comes to the public’s perception of her. The battle between her and Johnny Depp might be far from over, but at least she can laugh at the Internet’s extreme dislike of her, rather than letting it weigh her down.