Amber Heard has slammed the ‘petition’ which deems to remove her from the second installment of Aquaman. The actress has been receiving backlash since she won the libel case against Johnny Depp.
The actress has been criticized by Johnny’s fans who are furious with the decision. However, she has remained confident that she will be reprising her role as Mera in Aquaman 2. There has been no news about the production of the upcoming movie by Warner Bros.
Fans have launched a petition against having her as a part of the next installment. The petition has been huge and since then received over 1 million signatures so far. She slammed the rumors and revealed how excited she was to play the character again. Although the casting of the movie has still not been confirmed, the actress remains confident.
Amber recently revealed in an interview that she is super excited about the amount of fan love and appreciation the Aquaman movie has received. She said, “It has garnered so much excitement for Aquaman and Mera that it means we’ll be coming back.”
She revealed she is excited to be playing the role and revealed that the filming might start next year. The actress also expressed her confidence and said she will surely be a part of the next installment. “Paid rumors and paid campaigns on social media don’t dictate [casting decisions] because they have no basis in reality,” she continued.
Fans Launch Petition To Bring Johnny Back In Fantastic Beasts
The actress explained that fans have made Aquaman and Aquaman 2 happen and she is excited to start next year. She has been subject to online abuse after winning her case against Johnny. The case was filed by the Alice in Wonderland actor on the basis of defamation against The Sun. The newspaper had published an article labeling the actor as a ‘wife-beater’ without any proof.
Johnny has continued to deny that she has been abusive towards Amber and has provided plenty of proof which claims Amber abused him and not the other way around. The ruling came as a shock to fans all over the world who protested the judgment.
The ruling followed the resignation of Johnny from his superhit Fantastic Beasts franchise. He was asked to resign by Warner Bros. and announced the news on his Instagram as he thanked his fans for their loyalty. This only fueled the anger of his fans as they claim there is enough proof of Johnny being innocent. They created a petition for bringing Johnny back as well.
The judge’s ruling was announced recently which led to the actor’s departure from Warner Bros. and the fan-favorite franchise. This led to the creation of the petition for the star to be brought back to the venture. The petition is posted on change.org and it is titled ‘Warner Bros. Bring Johnny Depp Back As Gellert Grindelwald’.
The petition has garnered over 1 lakh signatures and counting. A summary posted under the petition reads that “Johnny Depp was asked by Warner Bros to resign and leave his role of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 movie.”
“My Resolve Remains Strong & I Intend To Prove That The Allegations Against Me Are False”
Further, the petition also explains the reason for the actor’s departure; and states, “This happened because of the verdict of his case with “The Sun” tabloid that was completely unfair. We want him back! Warner Bros should listen to the public or we will boycott the movie!!!” The Alice in Wonderland alum announced the news of resigning from the franchise in his statement after the ruling for the libel trial.
He wrote, “In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement. Firstly, I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.”
Johnny further said that he wishes to let his fans know that he has been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from his role as Grindelwald. However, the actor said he respects and agrees with that request.
The Alice in Wonderland alum further wrote, “Finally I wish to say this. The surreal judgment of the court in the UK will not change my fight, to tell the truth, and I confirm that I plan to appeal”. He added that his resolve remains strong and he intends to prove that the allegations made against him are false.
Johnny added, “My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time. Thank you for reading. Sincerely Johnny Depp.” The actor did receive backlash from the survivors’ charity Women’s Aid; who accused him of trying to minimize the judge’s ruling.
Johnny has earned over $20 million for each film. Warner Bros. dropping the actor from the film has sparked speculation of him being dropped by other studios as well. The actor had already started filming for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie when he had to resign.
However, despite not being a part of the franchise, the actor will be receiving the full fee as he had already begun shooting for the film. A source confirmed that Johnny had a special provision in his contract which claimed ‘pay-to-play’. This means the actor would get his full salary despite what happened to the movie or if his role went to another actor.