Warner Bros Criticized for Amber Heard Absence in Aquaman 2 Trailer
Amber Heard is missing from 'Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom' trailer, sparking fan backlash amid her ongoing legal battle with Johnny Depp.
Amber Heard's absence from the latest trailer of "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" has left fans in an uproar. Her future in the DC Universe has been uncertain following her legal battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp, leading to her diminishing ties in Hollywood. The latest trailer for the highly anticipated superhero movie features Jason Momoa's Aquaman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's Black Manta, and Nicole Kidman's Atlanna, but Heard's Queen Mera is conspicuously missing.
This is not the first time that Heard has been sidelined in the promotion of the film, as her role in the previous trailer was also minimal. Director James Wan has clarified that the focus of the new movie is on the relationship between Arthur and Orm, rather than Arthur and Mera, as was the case in the first installment. Despite Wan's explanation, fans have criticized Warner Bros and DC Universe for excluding Heard, accusing them of being unfair and misogynistic.
The controversy surrounding Heard's absence from the trailer has been heightened by recent court documents from the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial. The documents revealed alleged hostile behavior on the set of "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom," with Heard claiming that Momoa was often intoxicated and dressed like Depp. She also alleged that Wan treated her poorly due to the legal battle. The bombshell allegations also included claims that Heard was almost fired from the role, but her then-boyfriend Elon Musk intervened to ensure her return for the sequel.
Fans have taken to social media to express their frustration with Warner Bros and DC, questioning their decision to exclude Heard from the promotion of the film. The controversy has further fueled the speculation about the extent of Heard's role in the new sequel. As the movie's release date approaches, it remains to be seen how much Heard's absence will impact the film and its reception.