Amber Heard haters who were hoping to see the actress canceled from the DC Extended Universe weren’t happy internet campers this week when they realized the actress was still firmly entrenched in the franchise. After the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, some folks took to the internet to express their displeasure with her inclusion in the film, apparently hoping she’d been canceled right along with ex-husband Johnny Depp.
With the release of the movie, there were some out there hoping to see the actress cut from any appearance as Queen Mera. But from the outset of the film that was clearly not going to be the case. The actress appears in the opening sequence that steps back in time to the moment of Superman’s death at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Twitter mob came out in moderate, if not overwhelming, force to voice their issues with including the actress.
Here are few samples of what folks were saying when they realized Amber Heard hadn’t been axed from the film.
If you haven’t seen Zack Snyder’s Justice League and the four-hour narrative that attempts to do right by the director’s original vision, know that there are just a few spoilers coming here in the next couple of sentences. The opening cut of Amber Heard isn’t the only part of the film in which she makes an appearance. She has a couple of extended scenes later that operate in varying levels of importance when it comes to the overall storyline. But she’s definitely featured as part of the group here, much to some DC-fans chagrin.
One appearance for Amber Heard is during the Knightmare timeline where she’s present with Batman in the warped vision of the future in which Superman has gone full-on black-hat. There’s also a fight scene later with Steppenwolf as the film works through that story arc. It was obvious Snyder and company were working to get her up on screen and part of the narrative, possibly setting the stage for the Aquaman sequel and her involvement there.
There had been speculation and even some calls from fans to have Amber Heard removed from the DC Extended Universe following her highly-publicized court case over the summer involving ex-husband. In light of that case, the couple’s relationship was more than a little sordid though it was Depp’s treatment of Heard that ultimately had the actor fired from a number of different movies including Pirates of the Caribbean reboot and his role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Depp fans wanted the same for Heard, but alas, here she is in the latest movie.
The only odd thing fans noticed from this film was that Amber Heard actually spoke with a British accent here, unlike how her character conversed in the first Aquaman. It isn’t clear why Snyder and Heard opted to make the change though it stands in stark contrast to how the character played earlier. Who knows if she keeps it for the sequel in Aquaman: Necrus. The much-anticipated follow-up is starting to ramp up production with Heard set to again play Queen Mera. It’s expected that she’ll have a larger role in this movie as well.