Aquaman Could Be Sued For Allowing Amber Heard In The Sequel
A lawsuit against Universal over the movie Yesterday could lead to lawsuits against Warner Bros for deceptive advertising regarding Amber Heard's appearance in the Aquaman sequel.
These days, it’s impossible to hear Amber Heard’s name without thinking of the ugly, prolonged court battle she had with Johnny Depp. Ultimately, Depp prevailed in that court battle, and this has affected Heard’s career in numerous ways, including how much she will likely appear as Mera in the Aquaman sequel. Now, Bounding Into Comics reports that a relatively straightforward lawsuit against Universal Pictures could result in a scenario where Warner Bros. is sued for simply allowing Amber Heard to appear in the sequel at all.
The lawsuit filed against Universal has nothing to do with Amber Heard and instead focuses on another actor: Ana De Armas. The plaintiff in the lawsuit is suing because he rented the movie Yesterday from Amazon and was disappointed that De Armas was not in this Beatles film despite her appearance in the trailer. She had a subplot that was ultimately cut out of the movie, and in the final cut, she appears only in a photograph despite the trailer making it seem like she had a more substantial part.
It admittedly sounds utterly insane, but the plaintiff is so angry about spending $3.99 to rent a movie that didn’t have as much Ana De Armas in it that he is suing Universal for releasing a “false, misleading, and deceptive” trailer. The suit goes as far as to claim that the studio engaged in “unlawful business practices” and that the plaintiff “suffered injury-in-fact and lost money.” Honestly, hiring an expensive lawyer to make up for regretting that he spent less than four dollars is crazy, but some analysts think the plaintiff winning this lawsuit could have an unexpected effect on the Aquaman sequel simply for having Amber Heard appear in any capacity in the film.
The analyst in question is YouTuber ThatUmbrellaGuy, better known as TUG to a legion of rather embarrassing fans. He claims that California’s false advertisement law could possibly land Warner Bros. in hot water because the studio has failed to disclose exactly how much Amber Heard will appear in Aquaman 2. And he claims that this could result in legal blowback if Heard’s role has been pared down following the ugly legal drama (something both Heard and DC Films President Walter Hamada have said) or, as some wild rumors claim, she has had additional scenes added since the outcome of the high-profile trial.
Basically, TUG thinks that disgruntled fans could begin a class-action lawsuit against Warner Bros. based on the outcome of the Universal lawsuit just because they expected or just hoped that Amber Heard would not be in the movie. He thinks that those who are part of the suit would be able to, at minimum, get the cost of their movie ticket back. And that this would send some kind of message to the studio about lying to their demographic.
If you can’t already tell, TUG is not a lawyer, and his thoughts about what could happen to Warner Bros. if Amber Heard appears in Aquaman 2 are little more than neckbeard speculation. For example, if the studio previously said that her role was pared down but not removed entirely, and she presumably makes an appearance in trailers for the film, it would be difficult to sue the studio because disgruntled audiences somehow came to the conclusion that she wouldn’t be in the movie at all. Honestly, the most compelling thing about this bonkers story is trying to figure out how much money that first plaintiff is spending suing universal because he didn’t get to see what he considered $3.99 worth of Ana De Armas.